TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Head's 100 the joint third-fastest ever in Ashes

TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Travis Head’s 100 in just 85 balls is the joint third-fastest in Ashes history… while Steve Smith’s knock of 12 runs is his lowest against England since November 2017

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  • LAWRENCE BOOTH: England already resemble a rabble in the first Ashes Test
  • Travis Head is unbeaten on 112 to give Australia a commanding 196-run lead

The second day of the first Ashes Test was another to forget for England as the momentum continued to swing in Australia’s favour.

Australia have built a first-innings lead of 196 runs and still have three wickets after dominating once again at The Gabba.

Sportsmail’s LAWRENCE BOOTH is in Australia as he provides the key numbers from Thursday’s play. 

Travis Head reached his third Test hundred in just 85 balls – making it the joint third-fastest Ashes century in history. Only Australia’s Adam Gilchrist (57 balls at Perth in 2006-07) and England’s Gilbert Jessop (76 at The Oval in 1902) have got there more quickly. Australia’s Joe Darling also reached a hundred off 85, at Sydney in 1897-98.

Travis Head roars with delight after scoring his third Test century for Australia on Thursday

Head became the first to score a Test hundred in a session at the Gabba. Although he walked out to bat before tea, he did not face a delivery until after the break.

Head’s century all came during the last session of play – after not facing a ball before tea

Jack Leach’s figures of 11-0-95-1 fell just short of an unwanted record. Only Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has bowled more than 10 overs in a Test innings at a higher economy-rate. At Sydney in 2016-17, he finished with figures of 14-0-124-1 – a rate of 8.85 an over to Leach’s 8.63.

Spinner Jack Leach endured a disappointing day bowling as his economy rate soared to 8.63

David Warner has made a habit of cashing in after being dismissed by a no-ball. On four previous occasions, Australia’s opener had gone on to a Test century after a reprieve, including against England at Melbourne in 2016-17, when he was given a life on 99 after Tom Curran overstepped. On the second day here, he broke the sequence by falling for 94.

David Warner’s streak of reaching a century after being given a reprieve ended as he made 94

Steve Smith’s dismissal for 12, caught behind off Mark Wood, was his cheapest in 12 Ashes innings dating back to November 2017 at Adelaide, when he made six. In between that knock and this one, he had plundered England’s attack for 1,461 runs in two series at an average of 121, a sequence including six hundreds.

Steve Smith scored his lowest Test score against England in four years when he made just 12

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