‘One of worst I’ve seen’

‘One of worst I’ve seen’

The Ashes is famous for its hotly contested matches, with neither side willing to give an inch in the fight to lift the famous old urn.

And England pacer Mark Wood was caught in the moment removing a vicious beamer on Travis Head on the second day of the first Test in Brisbane.

The ball went up and hit the chin


The ball went up and hit the chin
Head fell to the ground due to a blow to the face


Head fell to the ground after being hit in the face
The head went down holding the chin in the grip of childbirth


The head went down holding the chin in the grip of childbirthcredit: AP
A concerned Wood placed his hand on his chin as the head was being treated


A concerned Wood placed his hand on his chin as the head was being treatedcredit: EPA

Wood sneaked in and drove the ball down the track, but took his ball in the wrong direction and accidentally threw the beamer straight into Australia’s batsman head.

Ball tracking recorded the delivery at close to 83mph, the ball bounced off Head’s glove and smashed it into the square chin,

The 27-year-old immediately fell to the ground as Wood ran to apologize.

Head somehow managed to distance himself quickly and reassured Wood and the concerned trainers that he was okay to continue.

The Australian middle-order batsman was lucky, and escaped a potentially serious situation with minimal injury.

Commenting on the game for Fox Cricket, Australia legend Steve Waugh trembled: “This is one of the worst beamers I have seen, which could have been very, very bad.”


Meanwhile former pacer Brett Lee said: “He got out of Travis really, really well, he flicked on his glove and then threw it under the chin.”

Durham local Wood was officially crowned as the fastest Twenty20 bowler in the world earlier this year.

And although the incident happened with the red ball instead of the white ball, the batsmen are aware of whether a wooden ball hits them.

Surprisingly, the head did not budge and ended the day unbeaten on 112 runs just after completing his century in just 85 balls.

Australia came into the Ashes with question marks over their place in the No. 5 team, but answered those questions by helping their team end the second day at 343/7, 196 runs ahead of England.

After this, Joe Root’s team got out for just 147 runs on the first day.

Head will now look to kick off tomorrow and convert his 112 into a colossal score, and to do so will take the first Test of the series away from Joe Root and his traveling England side.


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