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Australia's Travis Head celebrates his century during day two of the first Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane on December 9, 2021. (Photo by Dan PELED / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

An on-drive took the 27-year old to his third Test ton and his first since the Boxing Day Test against NZ in 2019

Australia’s Travis Head blasted a rapid-fire century to crush England’s hopes on the second day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba Thursday.

Head, controversially recalled to the side ahead of veteran Usman Khawaja, justified his selection by passing 100 off only 85 balls, with two sixes and 12 fours to take Australia to 343/7 and a lead of 196 in the final session.

An on-drive off Chris Woakes took the 27-year old to his third Test century and his first since the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand in 2019.

An on-drive took the 27-year old to his third Test ton and his first since the Boxing Day Test against NZ in 2019

Australia’s Travis Head blasted a rapid-fire century to crush England’s hopes on the second day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba Thursday.

Head, controversially recalled to the side ahead of veteran Usman Khawaja, justified his selection by passing 100 off only 85 balls, with two sixes and 12 fours to take Australia to 343/7 and a lead of 196 in the final session.

An on-drive off Chris Woakes took the 27-year old to his third Test century and his first since the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand in 2019.

Head came to the crease as England were fighting back after tea, with fast bowler Ollie Robinson removing David Warner for 94 and then bowling Cameron Green next ball to reduce Australia to 195/5.

England, who were all out for 147 Wednesday, were sensing that they might keep Australia’s lead to less than 100.

But the South Australian had other ideas and after a nervy start sped to his first Ashes hundred with an array of fearless attacking shots, despite being struck a nasty blow on the forearm by England speed merchant Mark Wood

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