Marnus Labaschagne joked he is "getting pretty good at answering the questions" in concussion tests after taking another Jofra Archer bouncer to the head in the third Ashes Test.

Labaschagne became the first concussion substitute in the second match at Lord's when star Australia batsman Steve Smith was unable to continue following a blow from England ace Archer.

The stand-in was himself then struck by Archer but battled on to prove his worth in a hard-fought draw, earning a place in the team for the third match as Smith failed to recover in time.

Labaschagne improbably took another whack from the fast bowler early on Saturday in Leeds and received his second concussion test of the series, later acknowledging an increasing familiarity with the process.

"I'm getting pretty good at answering the questions," he told reporters. "I remember the questions from two days ago.

"You don't like getting in the head but it wakes you up. To be fair, today was a bit stiff.

"It came back a long way, I kept trying to sway and sway and ran out of room - my back's not that flexible. You just want to make sure you're watching the ball.

"It's a bit of a laugh now. He comes on and I say, 'Doc, I'm fine'. He knows now. If I do get hit properly, there will be a clear difference. The last two have been glancing blows."

Asked how the concussion tests go, Labaschagne continued in good humour as he reeled off examples of questions.

"'Who's the bowler at the other end?' 'Who's the last wicket?' 'How was he out?' Who you're playing against," he said. "You don't want to get that one wrong.

"You're only playing one team; if you get that wrong, you're probably getting marched off!"

India built a commanding 260-run lead over West Indies with seven second-innings wickets still in hand at the close of play on the third day of the first Test.

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane enjoyed an unbroken partnership of 104 for the fourth wicket at North Sound, with a successful chase for the Windies becoming increasingly improbable with each passing ball.

The hosts had been 189-8 at the start of play and quick Indian progress had them all out for 222, 75 runs short of the tourists' first-innings total.

That gave the India batsmen a platform to build from and, despite a minor wobble as wickets fell in consecutive overs in the second session, their advantage continued to steadily increase.

Kohli was on 51 and Rahane on 53 as the Windies struggled for crucial further breakthroughs, with India closing on 185-3.

The growing deficit was harsh on home captain Jason Holder, who at least battled bravely after returning to the crease on 10 on Saturday morning.

He made it to 39 before Mohammed Shami got India up and running for the day with an edge behind.

The innings swiftly closed as Miguel Cummins went to Ravindra Jadeja for a 45-ball duck, giving India a healthy lead.

Mayank Agarwal provided only minor improvement on his first knock of five as he departed lbw to Roston Chase for 16, although replays showed he would have survived had he ignored partner KL Rahul and reviewed.

Rahul (38) kept going and put on 43 with Cheteshwar Pujara (25) until, in a rare and brief swing of momentum, the duo surprisingly lost their wickets in quick succession to leave their side on 81-3.

Chase benefited from more questionable Rahul decision-making when an attempted sweep left middle stump exposed, before Kemar Roach went straight through Pujara.

Yet that only brought Kohli and Rahane to the crease and neither man appeared in any mood to deliver similar gifts, digging in and slowly but surely cranking up the score.

Rahane was fortunate to see Holder opt against reviewing a non-lbw call just before his half-century, but that was as testing as it got for India late in the day.

Marnus Labuschagne hopes Australia can make England melt in the Headingley pressure cooker on Sunday as the tourists seek to retain the Ashes urn.

A third successive half-century from Labuschagne (80) had helped Australia post 246 on Saturday, setting England a mammoth target of 359 - one that seemed all-the-more daunting given they were rolled for 67 first time around.

But the hosts - seeking their highest successful run chase in Test history - reached stumps on day three 156-3 with captain Joe Root unbeaten on 75 having shared a crucial third-wicket stand of 126 with Joe Denly (50).

It sets up a mouth-watering fourth day as England dream of an unlikely success, yet Labuschagne hopes Australia's bowlers can make them crumble under pressure, particularly with a new ball due after a further eight overs.

"You always find that there's big partnerships but then there's one, two, three wickets," Labuschagne said.

"It can happen very quickly, so that's why you've just got to make sure you shut that scoreboard down, make sure you keep the pressure on, because when you lose one or two wickets all of a sudden the scoreboard can look a lot different if you add two wickets to it.

"That'll be what we're trying to do tomorrow, trying to make sure we're shutting down the scoreboard and making sure we're bowling balls in good areas with that new ball."

One week ago Labuschagne was on the periphery of this series but, thrust into the line-up in the second innings at Lord's last Sunday as Steve Smith's concussion replacement, the 25-year-old has quickly become a key cog for a team still shorn of their leading batsman.

While the techniques of England's batsmen has been criticised following a heavy white-ball schedule, Labuschagne has thrived in the longest format thanks to a productive spell in the County Championship with Glamorgan, for whom he amassed 1,114 runs in 10 first-class games.

"Playing for Glamorgan helped a lot," he admitted.

"Obviously playing 10 first-class games in probably less than two months was very helpful. Playing against the swinging ball in different conditions - and just learning my game and learning to put big runs on the board - definitely helped me and built my confidence as well.

"Then transitioning to this - I think I didn't play many other formats leading up to this. My focus was really on red-ball cricket, so the lead up and preparation was really good."

Joe Denly rates England's chances of pulling off what would be one of the great Ashes victories to level the series "very highly" after he and Joe Root frustrated Australia on day three at Headingley.

England were set 359 to win the third Test when Australia were bowled out for 246 in the morning session on a glorious Saturday in Leeds, the in-form Marcus Labuschagne top scoring with 80.

The tourists rolled England over for an abysmal 67 on day two, but the under-pressure Denly (50) and captain Root (75 not out) showed the application that had been lacking on Friday with a third-wicket stand of 126.

Root's side were 154-3 at stumps after Josh Hazlewood (2-35) removed Denly, needing another 203 to have any chance of regaining the urn.

Australia remain strong favourites to go 2-0 up, but Denly thinks England can pull off an unlikely win.

"We were disappointed with the 67 and it wasn't good enough but it's about showing character and fight in this second innings. We believe. If we get one or two more partnerships tomorrow, we're in with a real shout." He told Test Match Special.

"County cricket does a little bit to prepare you for this, though. Australia's attack has three world-class seamers and a world-class spinner as well. You have to be up for it all the time.

"If you let up, you lose your wicket. I wasn't expecting that bumper from Hazlewood and it shows you have to be ready at all times.

"When you are up against an attack like that and they get momentum they take the opportunity. We needed more fight and character but we can't dwell on that. We've got to look forward to tomorrow.

"I rate our chances very highly, there are not too many demons in the pitch. Their bowlers are going to get tired. The new ball will be tricky but a few of our batters are due some runs. Hopefully we can start well tomorrow and get in a great position."

Joe Root and Joe Denly scored battling half-centuries but Australia remain on course to retain the Ashes after Josh Hazlewood struck twice on a glorious day three at Headingley.

England were humiliatingly bowled out for a pitiful 67 on the second day in Leeds and were set a highly unlikely 359 to level the series when the tourists were dismissed for 246 on Saturday.

The in-form Marcus Labuschagne showed great character and technique while riding his luck to make 80, with Ben Stokes taking 3-56 as England ended Australia's second innings in the morning session.

Captain Root (75not out) and the under-pressure Denly dug in to put on 126 for the third wicket after England were reduced to 15-2, but Hazlewood (2-35) removed the Kent batsman for exactly 50.

Root and his deputy Stokes were unbeaten at stumps, but England are still facing defeat at 156-3, needing a further 203 to win, with Tim Paine's side requiring seven wickets to go 2-0 up and keep the urn.

The tenacious Labuschagne was struck on the head by a Broad bouncer before being dropped by Jonny Bairstow off the same bowler on 60, having also been given three lives on day two as Australia's lead moved past 300 after they resumed on 171-6.

James Pattinson was caught by Root off Archer at first slip to end a seventh-wicket stand of 51 and Labuschagne soon required another check over from the doctor.

Archer rattled him on the grilled with a rapid bouncer, recalling the gripping battle the pair engaged in at Lord's last week.

Stokes saw the back of Pat Cummins and Labuschagne missed out on a hundred when he was run out by Denly, with Nathan Lyon chopping on to Archer to bring the innings to an end.

Rory Burns nicked Hazlewood to David Warner at first slip after lunch and the out-of-sorts Jason Roy followed in the next over, bowled by a brilliant delivery from Cummins that reduced England to 15-2.

The vast majority of a packed crowd would have been fearing a repeat of England's first-innings fiasco, but Denly and Root showed the resistance that had been so badly lacking on Friday to take tea on 90-2.

Denly took a blow on the helmet from Cummins but skipped down the track to dispatch Lyon down the ground for four and ran well with the busy Root, who drove the spinner to the cover boundary to reach his half-century.

Root successfully reviewed an lbw decision after inside edging a straight one from Hazlewood and Australia wasted a review for a Lyon leg-before shout against Denly.

He did not last much longer, though, falling caught behind after being rapped on the gloves by a hostile ball from Hazlewood after raising his bat for the second time in the longest format, leaving Root and Stokes to see England through to stumps.

 

 

Australia required eight further wickets to retain the Ashes as England finally showed some resistance through Joe Root and Joe Denly at Headingley.

Chasing a target of 359 - which would be the highest successful Test chase for England - the hosts went some way to making amends for their first-innings debacle by taking tea on 90-2.

Root, whose role as captain will be questioned should Australia emerge victorious, had made 41 having been out for first-ball and second-ball ducks in his previous two innings.

Denly, England's top scorer in their paltry 67 first time around with 12, survived three wafts outside off stump and being struck flush on the helmet by a Pat Cummins bouncer to reach 30 having made an unbroken 75 with Root for the third wicket in a partnership that had already lasted longer than England's entire first innings.

There was a sense of deja vu when Rory Burns (7) edged to first slip David Warner off Josh Hazlewood - the fielder having taken four catches in the first innings when the bowler returned 5-30.

England were then 15-2 when a rotten series from Jason Roy (8) continued, though he could at least point to a jaffa from Cummins that straightened and clipped off to leave the opener with an Ashes average of 9.50.

But Root and Denly finally restored some pride, even if a slice of history still appeared too distant with 269 more needed.

A magnificent unbeaten century from Tom Latham put New Zealand on course for a lead after Dhananjaya de Silva rescued Sri Lanka with a superb hundred of his own on day three of the second Test in Colombo.

All-rounder Dhananjaya (109) capitalised on some good fortune with a fifth Test century, getting Sri Lanka up to 244 all out at P Sara Oval.

Tim Southee (4-63) and Trent Boult (3-75) did the but bulk of the damage but Dhananjaya held up the tourists, who were only able to bowl 66 overs in the first two days due to rain as they attempt to salvage a 1-1 draw.

Latham then reached three figures for the 10th time in the longest format and the opener was still there on 111, on a pitch offering plenty of turn, when New Zealand closed on 196-4 - trailing by 48.

Dhananjaya ought to have been caught and bowled for nine by Boult on day two and made the left-arm quick pay, playing positively after Sri Lanka resumed on 144-6.

Ajaz Patel ended a sixth-wicket stand of 41 by pinning Dilruwan Perera leg before wicket, but Suranga Lakmal offered support for Dhananjaya.

Dhananjaya struck spinner Patel for three consecutive boundaries, cutting and driving with conviction and brought up his hundred by striking Southee to the third-man boundary after the seamer removed Lakmal and Lasith Embuldeniya.

Dilruwan made an early breakthrough when the Black Caps started their reply, Dhananjaya taking a slip catch to send Jeet Raval on his way without scoring.

New Zealand were 84-3 with key men Kane Williamson (20) and Ross Taylor (23) back in the pavilion after nicking off to Embuldeniya and Lahiru Kumara respectively, and Dilruwan struck again to see the back of Henry Nicholls following a break for rain.

Latham played with great assurance against the spinners, though, and BJ Watling grew in confidence after an uncertain start.

The composed Latham reached a hard-earned century with a boundary - one of 10 in his brilliant knock - into the leg side off Dilruwan (2-76) and Watling was 25 not out at stumps with New Zealand closing in on a lead.

Steve Smith was back in the nets on Saturday with a view to returning to action for Australia ahead of the fourth Ashes Test.

Earlier this week, Australia's star batsman was ruled out of the third Test at Headingley having suffered a concussion when a Jofra Archer bouncer struck him in the neck during his first knock at Lord's.

Smith left the field following the blow in the second Test and though he returned to complete his innings later, he displayed concussion symptoms on the Sunday and was unable to bat second time around.

The 30-year-old has remained in Leeds around the Australia camp and he took his first significant step towards a return to action prior to play on day three, facing throwdowns in the nets, performing shuttle runs on the outfield and throwing balls to fielding coach Brad Haddin.

Cricket Australia explained Smith did not "face anything remotely fast or above waist height" and termed the session "a gentle hit-out".

Smith will need to pass assessments and face fast bowling before he can be cleared to make a comeback.

Australia have a three-day tour game against Derbyshire next week before they meet England in the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, starting on September 4.

Smith has scored 378 runs in his three Ashes innings so far at an average of 126.

Marnus Labuschagne helped pile the misery on England as Australia set their hosts an improbable target of 359 to save the series at Headingley.

Having started the third day already 283 ahead on 171-6 after England were rolled for 67 first time around, Labuschagne (80) was the chief tormentor as Australia extended their advantage on a pitch still offering plenty to the bowlers.

Labuschagne had already been dropped - for the third time in his innings - by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow when England finally made their first breakthrough of the day, Joe Root taking a low catch at first slip to remove James Pattinson (20).

Ben Stokes (3-56) then found Pat Cummins' edge, Rory Burns taking a sharp low catch to leave the tourists on 226-8.

Labuschagne, who twice needed to be assessed by Australia's medical staff after bouncers struck his helmet and grille, was run out attempting to get back on strike as he failed to beat Joe Denly's throw from the deep following an initial fumble by the fielder.

Nathan Lyon chopped on to Jofra Archer to end the innings, but England were still left requiring a huge target at a venue where there have only been three successful chases above 300.

Burns and Jason Roy were at least able to negotiate the four overs before lunch – reaching the break 11-0 - though the former required treatment after a delivery from Cummins left him with a bruised and bloodied thumb.

Ishant Sharma's five-wicket haul left West Indies facing a substantial first-innings deficit as India took control of the first Test on day two at North Sound.

Ravindra Jadeja (58) and Ishant (19) held up the Windies with valuable runs down the order at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Friday, getting the tourists up from 207-7 to 297 all out.

Kemar Roach (4-66) and Shannon Gabriel (3-71) had the top-ranked side in trouble before the tail wagged and India then exposed West Indies' batting deficiencies to take the upper hand in Antigua.

Ishant took 5-42 as Jason Holder's side collapsed to 189-8 at stumps - trailing by 108 runs - after losing five wickets in the final session, Roston Chase top scoring with 48.

Rishabh Pant fell in the third over of the day after India resumed on 203-6, edging the excellent Roach to Holder at second slip, but Jadeja and Ishant frustrated the Windies with an eighth-wicket stand of 60.

Ishant's stubborn resistance was ended when he was bowled by a slower yorker from paceman Gabriel for 19, but Jadeja brought up his 11th Test half-century by cutting Chase for four.

Mohammed Shami was caught and bowled by Chase (2-58) without scoring and Jadeja hit the spinner for a first six of the match over midwicket before edging Holder behind to bring the innings to an end.

John Campbell (23) was the first wicket to fall after putting on 36 for the first wicket with Kraigg Brathwaite, who ultimately went caught and bowled by Ishant.

The Windies also lost Shamarh Brooks for 11 before tea, Jadeja fortunate to get rid of the debutant after the ball clattered against Pant's thigh and looped up to Ajinkya Rahane.

West Indies were in trouble on 88-4 when Darren Bravo followed leg before to Jasprit Bumrah early in the evening session, but Chase and Shai Hope hung around for a while and got the scoreboard ticking.

Ishant then came to the fore, KL Rahul taking a fine catch at square leg to remove Chase (48) and Hope (24) edging through to Pant before the quick ended a promising knock from Shimron Hetmyer (35) and dismissed Roach in the same over.

Holder and Miguel Cummins were still there at the close, but it is very much advantage India heading into day three.

Josh Hazlewood was encouraged when England captain Joe Root was dismissed early on Friday, but even he could not have predicted the dominant position Australia would find themselves in by the end of the third Ashes Test's second day.

The urn appears set to be remaining Down Under after Australia, dismissed for 179 on Thursday, ripped through England and had them all out for 67 at Headingley before reaching stumps on 171-6, 283 runs ahead.

An Australia victory, which seems all-but certain at this stage, would ensure they cannot lose the best-of-five match series and therefore would retain the Ashes, and it was a 28-over spell on Friday - in which seamer Hazlewood returned 5-30 - that may determine the series.

England were embarrassed again, dismissed for 85 or less for the fourth time since March 2018 and falling to their lowest ever total at Headingley, and their lowest in an Ashes since 1948.

It was the prized wicket of England's number three Root - out for back-to-back ducks for the first time in his career - that gave Australia confidence another all-too-familiar capitulation could be on the cards.

"I certainly like him in there as early as possible," Hazlewood said of Root, whose promotion from four to three before the series has failed to pay off.

"They follow him a little bit, he's the leader, he's the captain, he's got the best average, he's their best batsman going by numbers.

"So if we can get him I think they can be vulnerable at times, same as any other team; if their best batter's out, you feel a bit more relaxed about your business."

Having conquered white-ball cricket by winning the World Cup on home soil last month, England's batsmen appeared trapped in one-day mode in the longest format.

Opener Jason Roy edged when attempting to drive, Ben Stokes perished foolishly chasing a wider delivery and Jos Buttler brought about his own demise by tamely chipping to short cover.

"They're all great one-day cricketers, some are great Test cricketers, so I think they love to feel bat on ball, especially through that middle order," Hazlewood added.

"So if we can dry up the runs and force a mistake, which we saw a couple today, then that's fantastic."

Given Australia made only 179 first time around, and arrived at a venue bathed in glorious sunshine on Friday, it was a day few expected.

"I can't remember a day like this, to be honest. It's been fantastic," Hazlewood admitted.

"Sixty is hard work to come back from during a Test. I don't think many teams are winning if one of their innings is 60 or 70 runs, it makes it difficult.

"I think if we start well again [in England's] next innings, they might think, 'Here we go again', so it's about creating that doubt in the mind."

Graham Thorpe offered no excuses for England's abysmal batting after they were skittled out for 67 but stressed "these are the best players we have" with Australia looking certain to retain the Ashes.

England started a glorious day two of the third Test at Headingley in a promising position after bowling the tourists out for 179 on Thursday.

Yet their batting frailties were exposed by the tourists once again, Josh Hazlewood taking 5-30 as Joe Root's side folded meekly in only 27.5 overs.

England's pitiful total was their worst in Leeds and lowest against Australia since 1948, Joe Denly the only batsman to reach double figures with a paltry 12.

The in-form Marcus Labuschagne was unbeaten on 53 at stumps after being given three lives, with Australia leading by 283 on 171-6 and looking set to take a 2-0 lead to keep the urn.

Batting coach Thorpe accepted England were simply not good enough after watching them crumble with a whimper.

He told Test Match Special: "We're very disappointed with our score. It was a golden opportunity for us today. We aren't going to say we can't win it but we have made it a damn sight harder.

"We will try and knock them over tomorrow and chase whatever they set us. There were some poor shots. Australia bowled some very good balls but we know that. If you get through that period you can put scores on the board. We need to be more disciplined.

"We can look at formats of the game and the impact the shorter forms have on Tests. We can look at our domestic game and what we have out there and there aren't heaps coming through at the moment.

"We have to be able to work and be honest with our players and we are. The cold, hard truth is we weren't good enough today. Test cricket is mentally challenging. You can't hide.

"We knew we had an opportunity here after Lord's but we've let it slip and we've let it slip badly through a bad batting performance.

"Credit to Australia. We know how they are going to attack us up front. At times we've got through it but we didn't today and we collapsed in a heap."

Former England batsman Thorpe seemingly ruled out wielding the axe for the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

He added: "Our guys don't want to make excuses and I won't make excuses for them. Test cricket is hard and if you don't mentally get it right, you don't make good shot selections and you're back in the hutch quickly.

"We've got to keep working with these players because these are the best players we have. We can throw around who should come in and there could be some little movements possibly in our order but nothing major."

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.

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.

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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