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  • Ashes 2019: Australia on course to retain the urn after humiliating pitiful England Ashes 2019: Australia on course to retain the urn after humiliating pitiful England

    Josh Hazlewood claimed a five-wicket haul as Australia dismissed pitiful England out for 67 on a dramatic day two at Headingley before building a big lead to stand on the brink of retaining the Ashes.

    England appeared to have taken the upper hand when Jofra Archer took 6-45 to bowl Australia out for 179 on a rain-affected first day of the third Test.

    That proved to be a false dawn as the tourists humiliated Joe Root's side on Friday, rolling them over in only 27.5 overs in what were supposed to be batting friendly conditions on a warm day in Leeds.

    Joe Denly (12) was the only batsman to make double figures in England's lowest total at Headingley and their worst against their fierce rivals since 1948, Hazlewood (5-30) the pick of the bowlers with great support from Pat Cummins (3-23) and James Pattinson (2-9).

    Australia were 171-6 at stumps - leading by 283 and looking certain to take a 2-0 lead - with Marcus Labuschagne (53) making a third consecutive half-century after being given three lives.

    Hazlewood was on the money from the start, the under-pressure Jason Roy flashing loosely to David Warner for nine, who held on to another fine catch when Root nicked a peach of a delivery from the same bowler without scoring.

    Rory Burns was snared down the leg side off Cummins and Ben Stokes was also taken by Warner chasing a wide delivery with a poor shot before Denly fell to Pattinson.

    There was no let-up from Australia's pacemen as Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler followed in quick succession.

    Archer was caught behind off Cummins after leaving his bat dangling in the air before Hazlewood cleaned up Jack Leach to end a shambolic innings and secure his seventh five-wicket haul.

    Stuart Broad (3-42) gave England hope when he trapped Warner leg before for a duck and Leach bowled Marcus Harris (19) through the gate with his first ball of the match, reducing Australia to 36-2.

    Labuschagne was put down by Root at first slip off Stokes on 14, but Usman Khawaja fell to Chris Woakes and Stokes (2-33) bowled Travis Head (25) with a yorker as the wickets continued to tumble.

    Stokes paid the price for overstepping when Labuschagne edged behind on 35 and Bairstow gave the right-hander another let-off by dropping him off England's premier all-rounder on 42.

    Broad removed Tim Paine, with Archer back on the field after limping off due to cramp in his thigh, but Labuschagne brought up his half-century and was still there at end of a painful day for England.

     

    HAZLEWOOD SETS THE TONE FOR POTENT AUSTRALIA ATTACK 

    Hazlewood produced an outstanding exhibition of bowling with the new ball along with Cummins, capitalising on England's technical frailties and lack of application with the bat.

    They probed relentlessly at a full length around the off stump, making the struggling England batsmen play and tempting them into some poor shots, with Pattinson also getting in on the act.

    The trio were ruthless on what was their first time bowling together as a unit in a Test, with Warner taking four sharp catches in the slips.

     

    GRITTY LABUSCHAGNE RIDES HIS LUCK, BUT SHOW ENGLAND HOW IT'S DONE

    Labuschagne had more than his share of luck but was rewarded for being prepared to hang in there.

    While England were unable to knuckle down with the bat after starting the day in such a promising position, Labuschagne once again showed the determination to grasp a chance that may not have come had he not been called in as a concussion replacement for Steve Smith at Lord's.

    He added insult to injury for a weary England attack that created plenty of chances. Despite taking six second-innings wickets, they are facing another defeat.

     

    MOMENT OF THE DAY

    Hazlewood conjured up a brilliant delivery to send Root back to the pavilion on his home ground, Warner showing lightning quick reactions to take a superb catch at first slip.

    KEY OPTA FACTS
    - Only Smith (378) has scored more runs in this Ashes series for Australia than Labuschagne.
    - Broad has now taken more Test wickets at Headingley than any other bowler; going clear of Fred Trueman (44). His dismissal of Warner was his 700th across all formats for England - a feat only James Anderson has accomplished previously.
    - England have been all out for 85 or fewer on four occasions in Tests since the start of 2018.
    - Warner's four catches were the joint-most by a fielder in an Ashes Test innings.
    - Root's Test batting average as skipper is 40. He averaged 53 before he was named captain.

  • Ashes 2019: Archer hobbles off to compound England's misery Ashes 2019: Archer hobbles off to compound England's misery

    Jofra Archer's heavy workload appeared to take its toll on Friday when the England paceman hobbled with apparent cramp as Australia strengthened their grip on the third Test - and the Ashes series - at Headingley.

    Archer took 6-45 in his 17.1 overs on Thursday as Australia were dismissed for 179 but he was back out with ball in hand on Friday as England were skittled for 67 inside 28 overs.

    And, during his ninth over of Australia's second innings, Archer pulled up grimacing having bowled a dot ball to Marnus Labuschagne, with the England seamer hobbling off unable to complete the final two deliveries in his set of six.

    He was smiling as he came off but it was another blow to England on a day that started with such promise but went the way of Australia.

    The tourists were 245 runs ahead with six wickets in hand when Archer went off and will retain the urn if they win in Leeds.

    After bowling 44 overs in his Test debut at Lord's last week, Archer tweeted a gif of an old man with a walking stick struggling to get off a sofa alongside the caption "Me getting out of bed tomorrow morning".

    The 24-year-old enhanced his cult-hero status with the England supporters shortly before his injury, retrieving a giant inflatable watermelon for a member of security staff and returning it to a delighted Western Terrace.

  • Ashes 2019: Australia build on sizeable advantage after more batting blues for England Ashes 2019: Australia build on sizeable advantage after more batting blues for England

    Australia sought to hammer home their advantage in the third Test on Friday after England were skittled for 67 to leave their hopes of retaining the urn virtually extinguished.

    England arrived at Headingley hoping to make hay in the sunshine but their latest batting collapse inside 28 overs left them with a 112-run first-innings deficit, with the tourists reaching tea at 82-3 and extending their lead to 194.

    Joe Root's team had been 54-6 at lunch and lost their remaining four wickets within 23 balls of the second session in posting their lowest ever total at Headingley, and their lowest in the Ashes in 71 years, as Josh Hazlewood returned 5-30.

    Wickets continued to fall during Australia's second innings but England's flagging attack were only able to do so much as Marnus Labuschagne (13 not out) and Travis Head (17 not out) came off with a insurmountable target firmly in their sights.

    Having entered lunch in such a perilous position, England's tail was unable to wag and Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Jack Leach all departed for single figures to leave Joe Denly's 12 as the top score in a woeful total.

    It was the fourth time since the start of 2018 that England were dismissed for 85 or less, though the mood briefly changed when Australia opener David Warner was struck on the pads by Stuart Broad to depart without score.

    Marcus Harris (19) continued the head-scratching approach to batting when clean bowled attempting to drive Jack Leach's first delivery.

    Usman Khawaja (23) had no control over a shot to Woakes that was caught by Jason Roy in the slips, but Labuschange and Head reached tea without too much trouble and Australia firmly on top.

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