Jofra Archer claimed a six-wicket haul at Headingley as England bowled Australia out for 179 on a rain-affected first day of the third Ashes Test on Thursday.
Only 52.1 overs were possible as weather ruined the first day with David Warner’s 61 and Marnus Labuschagne’s 74 the only knocks of any note.
The weather is expected to be clear on Friday with England batsmen looking to put up a good total and gain a sizeable first innings lead.
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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.
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