TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Warner & Smith in same Test ducks for first time

TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: David Warner and Steve Smith make ducks in the same Test for the first time… but Travis Head’s imperious Ashes form should make him an Australia regular after another century against England

  • David Warner and Steve Smith both fell for a duck in the fifth and final Ashes Test
  • Warner’s duck came after 22 balls – the longest duck in his career in Test cricket
  • Travis Head responded brilliantly for Australia by making a fabulous century

David Warner and Steve Smith both made a duck in the same Test innings for the first time. 

Warner’s 22-ball duck was the longest of the 10 he has made in Test cricket, while Smith’s was his first against England since November 2013, when Chris Tremlett removed him in the second innings at the Gabba.

England’s five changes to the side that drew the fourth Test at Sydney represented the ninth time in their last 17 matches they have made at least four changes. 

Steve Smith trudges off after getting out for a duck against England in the fifth Ashes Test

In 235 Tests between December 2001 and January 2020, they had made as many changes on 10 occasions.

Four of Australia’s five centuries in this Ashes have now come from Travis Head and Usman Khawaja, who began the series competing for their team’s last remaining batting spot.

By stumps on the first day, Mark Wood had figures of 11.3-0-79-1. His economy-rate of 6.86 was his worst in any Test innings in which he has bowled at least six balls.

Travis Head scored his second century of the Ashes series for Australia against England

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