Man of the moment Jofra Archer claimed a brilliant six-wicket haul at Headingley as England bundled Australia out for 179 on a rain-affected first day of the third Ashes Test.
Archer whipped up a frenzy of excitement with a thrilling debut performance in last week’s draw at Lord’s but was even more effective under murky skies in Leeds, claiming six for 45 as the tourists lost their last eight wickets for 43 in a transformative evening session.
Only 52.1 overs were possible as the weather wrecked the first half of the day but with David Warner’s dicey 61 and Marnus Labuschagne’s battling 74 the only knocks of any note, that was enough for Archer.
His first performance in England whites saw him crank the speed gun up past 96.1mph and clatter three different batsmen on the head but this was a subtler showing of cerebral seam bowling.
Not once breaching the 90mph barrier and using the short ball sparingly, he instead probed away in more traditional areas, harvesting four outside edges and a deflection into the stumps to toast a maiden five-wicket haul.
Returning to send down the final over of the day and Australia nine down, he capped a thrilling performance by pinning last man Nathan Lyon lbw.
It is Australia who retain a narrow 1-0 lead in the five-match series after the draw at Lord’s and the visitors require just one win from the three remaining Tests to retain the turn. They, however, will have to cope without Steve Smith who is out due to a concussion.
England, on the other hand, will will emboldened by Jofra Archer’s hostile debut at Lord’s and Smith’s absence as they look to force their way back into the series.
The hosts have named an unchanged side from the Lord’s clash while Australia have made three changes. Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne and James Pattinson come in for Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith and Peter Siddle.
Who will make the better start in the decisive third Test at Headingley? Find out by following the ball-by-ball commentary from the third Test at Leeds below.
Former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson has denied reports stating that he is in the running for the Pakistan job by taking to social media.
Hesson was previously speculated to have applied for the head coach positions of both Pakistan and Bangladesh by local media back in New Zealand. Fresh reports earlier this week from stuff.co.nz said that Hesson had now turned down the Pakistan job after he failed to land the India head coach position.
The former Black Caps and Kings XI Punjab coach took to Twitter to refute those rumours by stating that he had never applied for the Pakistan job in the first place.
“Just to clarify as plenty of speculation about…I have not applied for the Head Coach Role with the Pakistan Cricket Board. Whoever gets the role certainly has plenty of talent to work with and would be an exciting proposition for whoever gets the job,” Hesson wrote on social media.
Just to clarify as plenty of speculation about ........ I have not applied for the Pakistan Head Coach Role with @TheRealPCB. Whoever gets the role certainly has plenty of talent to work with and would be an exciting proposition for whoever gets the job!#pakistan— Mike Hesson (@CoachHesson) August 21, 2019
Hesson spent six years as the head coach of New Zealand between 2012-18 and led the team all the way to the final of the 2015 ICC World Cup. The Kiwi had taken up a head coach role with Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Kings XI Punjab post the completion of his New Zealand stint and spent just one season with the franchise before stepping down just weeks ago.
Hesson had been in the running for the India head coach role recently along with Australia’s Tom Moody but the job ultimately was retained by Ravi Shastri who emerged as the preferred choice of BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
Pakistan are currently in search of a head coach after not opting to renew the contract of Mickey Arthur post the completion of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. The PCB have already invited applications for the position and progress is expected to be made soon on that front.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, had recently appointed former South Africa coach Russell Domingo to replace Steve Rhodes.