Cool Head lifts Aus­tralia

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who agreed to a one-year, $6.25 mil­lion con­tract in Novem­ber.

Travis Head hit a stub­born half-cen­tury to keep Aus­tralia in the hunt af­ter their top or­der slumped un­der sus­tained pres­sure from In­dia’s bowlers, leav­ing the first Test in Ade­laide finely poised on Fri­day.

Bat­ting on his home ground, Head kept his cool in the hu­mid con­di­tions to be 61 not out at stumps on day two, his ef­forts steer­ing Aus­tralia to 191-7 in re­ply to In­dia’s 250.

Off-spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win bowled beau­ti­fully to take three wick­ets, while Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bum­rah grabbed two each.

It was Head’s sec­ond 50 in his third Test, with the Ade­laide-born 24-yearold play­ing the sort of gutsy in­nings that his more ex­pe­ri­enced team­mates couldn’t match.

All of Aus­tralia’s top four were back in the pavil­ion with­out pass­ing 30, with Aaron Finch (0) and Shaun Marsh (2) no­table fail­ures.

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