Ashes 5th Test: Australia 241/6 at stumps

Hobart (Australia), Jan 14 (UNI) Australia posted 241 for the loss of six wickets at stumps on first day of the fifth and final Ashes Test here at the Bellerive Oval on Friday.

Travis Head (101) top scored for Australia, followed by Cameron Green (74) and Marnus Labuschagne (44).

For England, Ollie Robinson and Stuart Broad claimed two wickets each, while Mark Wood and Chris Woakes got one each.

After rain delayed the start of the match by half an hour, England elected to bowl first.

Robinson and Broad struck early in the opening session and reduced the hosts to 12/3 in 10 overs.

Robinson dismissed David Warner for duck, who got an edged that went straight to Zak Crawley at the slips. Then, Broad removed Khawaja, who scored a twin ton in Sydney, cheaply for 6.

Vice captain Steve Smith was the third batter who went back to the pavilion early in the session, after Robinson dismissed him for second ball duck.

Then, Labuschagne and Head anchored the innings with a 71-run stand for the fourth wicket, before Labuschagne got bowled off Broad’s delivery for 44.

Australia went on to dinner break at 85/4 with Head and Green on the crease.

After the break, Head scored a 113-ball century and Cameron completed half-century. The duo put up a 121-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Robinson didn’t let Australia batters extend their partnership, as he got rid of Head for 101. Australia were 215/5 at the stroke of tea.

After resumption, Mark Wood removed Cameron Green for 74. Australia were reeling at 241 for the loss of six wickets, when the rain forced early stumps on Day 1.

Earlier, England took the field with five changes in their playing XI. Rory Burns came in place of Haseeb Hameed, Olli Pope replaced Jonny Bairstow, who missed the final Test due to his busted right thumb, while Sam Billings came in for injured Jos Buttler.

Chris Woakes came in for veteran pacer James Anderson, while Ollie Robinson joined the team in place of Jack Leach.

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