Warner and Smith both fall to Robinson for ducks after England won the throw before Broad claimed Labuschagne’s wicket at the bat of the dinner
England got off to a quick start in the final Ashes Test in Hobart, using the poor conditions to reduce Australia to 85 for four at dinner on day one at the Bellerive Oval.
Ashes 5th Test Day One (Dinner Update) – Australia 85-4 (Labuschagne 44, head 31* | broad 2-15, Robinson 2-15)
The Tourists made five changes to their team for the day-night Test, giving wicketkeeper Sam Billings a debut and bringing in Rory Burns to replace Haseeb Hameed, Ollie Pope for the injured Jonny Bairstow, and recalls for Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson. missed with weirdo Jack Leach and James Anderson.
Captain Joe Root won the toss and his all-seam attack took advantage of typically English conditions to top Australia’s top order.
David Warner, who scored a 22-ball duck, was the first to go as he edged out Ollie Robinson in the second slip against Zak Crawley. Usman Khawaja, who scored two centuries in the tied fourth Test in Sydney, was then caught by Root slipping Stuart Broad.
Steve Smith then became Robinson’s second victim, Crawley again the catcher of the second slip as England dominated.
Australia should have lost Marnus Labuschagne for nothing too but he was dropped by Crawley who dived over Root and missed the chance.
Labuschagne conceded alongside Travis Head as Australia’s fourth pair of wickets put up a 71-run streak.
But that partnership was ended forcefully when Broad bowled Labuschagne on the 44th in the penultimate over before dinner.
Billings is Mr. 700
Sam Billings was presented with his test cap by James Anderson before the game at Bellerive Oval. Kent’s wicketkeeper became England’s 700th Test player but the usual protocol of a former player presenting his test cap to a debutant was waived due to Covid concerns, allowing Anderson to take over the role. Billings played his first game for England at Edgbaston in 2015 when Eoin Morgan’s side scored 400 points in one-day cricket for the first time. Since then, England have played 88 Tests.
Paine suns it
While Hobart was hosting its first-ever Ashes Test, former Australia captain Tim Paine was on holiday in Queensland. Paine, 37, is a Tasmanian native but decided to leave town for the final Ashes Test after resigning as captain following a sexting scandal in the weeks leading up to the series. Paine’s wife Bonnie posted pictures from the family break on the first day of this game and captioned her post “R&R” with sun, palm tree and water emojis. Paine takes a mental break after the controversy. Cricket Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin said: “Right now he’s taking it one moment at a time. It’s a shame he can’t be there.”