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HIGHEST SPIN ON TEST: Warner and Smith make ducks for the first time in the same test

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











David Warner and Steve Smith both made their first duck in the same Testinnings.

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

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

Steve Smith trudges away after ducking against England in fifth Ashes Test

Steve Smith trudges away after ducking against England in fifth Ashes Test

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

Four of Australia’s five centuries in these Ashes have now come from Travis Head and Usman Khawaja, who began the series battling it out for their team’s last remaining battleground.

Through stumps on the first day, Mark Wood had numbers 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

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

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