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Friday, 25 January 2019

Australia facing unwanted 227-year batting record


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Australia's wait for a Test century this summer is now at 22 days of play and counting after Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne fell agonisingly short at the Gabba.

Still without a three-figure score in a home Test match this season, Australia's century drought appeared over when the pair combined for a 166-run fifth-wicket stand against Sri Lanka in Brisbane on Friday.

But both went in the 80s - Labuschagne for 81 when he pushed a ball from spinner Dhananjaya de Silva to short mid on and then Head for 84 when he was trapped lbw by Suranga Lakmal

The Aussies now risk going through a Test summer of three matches or more without a century for the first time since 1882-83 with just a Test-and-a-half to play.

Travis Head

"We'd love someone to get a hundred, get a big score," Head said.

"Hopefully be it the second innings or in Canberra (next week) they can do that, but the work we are doing around that, the way guys are going about their innings,

"It's not far away from somebody getting a big score. You have to keep hanging in there and backing your game plan

"I don't think we are far away from a better getting a big score. It just takes one guy and then we can get that roll on."

Australia's batsman have posted one century in the past 12 months, Usman Khawaja's fighting 141 to save the first Test against Pakistan in the UAE in October.

Australia's wait for a Test century this summer is now at 22 days of play and counting after Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne fell agonisingly short at the Gabba.

Still without a three-figure score in a home Test match this season, Australia's century drought appeared over when the pair combined for a 166-run fifth-wicket stand against Sri Lanka in Brisbane on Friday.

But both went in the 80s - Labuschagne for 81 when he pushed a ball from spinner Dhananjaya de Silva to short mid on and then Head for 84 when he was trapped lbw by Suranga Lakmal

The Aussies now risk going through a Test summer of three matches or more without a century for the first time since 1882-83 with just a Test-and-a-half to play.

Travis Head

"We'd love someone to get a hundred, get a big score," Head said.

"Hopefully be it the second innings or in Canberra (next week) they can do that, but the work we are doing around that, the way guys are going about their innings,

"It's not far away from somebody getting a big score. You have to keep hanging in there and backing your game plan

"I don't think we are far away from a better getting a big score. It just takes one guy and then we can get that roll on."

Australia's batsman have posted one century in the past 12 months, Usman Khawaja's fighting 141 to save the first Test against Pakistan in the UAE in October.

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