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The fifth and final Ashes Test at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena is evenly poised heading into day two with Australia 6-241, with Alex Carey (10*) and Mitchell Starc (0*) at the crease.

Day one honours would have gone to England after they won the toss and bowled to have Australia reeling at 3-12, before a sparkling century from Travis Head (101 from 113 balls) turned the innings on its head.

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Head was backed up well by Marnus Labuschagne (44) and Cameron Green (74), who fell just short of a maiden Test ton.

England’s Stuart Broad (2-48) and Ollie Robinson (2-24) were the pick of the English bowlers on day one.

However a back injury to Robinson heaped pressure on the rest of the English bowling attack and they failed to measure up.

Mark Wood and Chris Woakes each managed a wicket on day one but were belted at a clip of (6.87) and (4.17) runs an over respectively.

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Australia will be looking to edge their score past 300 on day two in a bid to set up the match and a potential 4-0 Ashes series win after England’s brave draw in Sydney.

Carey has come under fire for his catching and batting since his brilliant debut in Brisbane and day two presents the perfect opportunity for him to silence the doubters and cement his place in the side with a big score to set up the game in Australia’s favour.

England will be hoping Robinson wakes up feeling fresh and ready to bowl because they will need him in the second innings even if they can mop up the Australian tail without him on day two.

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Rain again threatens to disrupt day two after it delayed the start of the Test and brought about stumps being called early on day one.

“Humid. Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and early evening,” the forecast reads.

“The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and early evening with possible heavy falls. “Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h shifting south to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening.”

It sets the scene for a crucial day two for both sides who will want to set up a victory with weather threatening more interruptions throughout the game.

FIFTH TEST FORECAST

Saturday: 26, shower or two (70% chance of rain 1 to 5mm)

Sunday: 24, partly cloudy (30% chance of rain 0 to 0.2mm)

Monday: 23, partly cloudy (20% chance of rain)

Tuesday: 19, cloudy (20% chance of rain 1 to 3mm)

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TEAMS

Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Scott Boland, Nathan Lyon

England XI: Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joseph Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Sam Billings (wk), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad

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