England v , third Specsavers Test (day one of five)
179: Labuschagne 74, Warner 61, Archer 6-45
England: Yet to bat

Jofra Archer took six wickets to help England bowl out for 179 on a truncated first day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

Archer’s 6-45, five of which came in the final session, reversed the fortunes of the home side after they were in danger of wasting ideal bowling conditions.

Either side of two lengthy delays for rain and bad light, reached 136-2 thanks to a third-wicket stand of 111 between David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.

But Archer, who made such an explosive debut in the second Test, had Warner caught behind for 61 to spark a collapse of three wickets for three runs.

Even at 173-6, honours seemed to be even, only for Archer to return once again and run through the tail. The last four wickets fell for six runs.

Labuschagne, in the side as ’s replacement, battled to 74, but was lbw to a Ben Stokes full toss before Archer trapped Nathan Lyon leg before with what proved to be the final delivery of the day.

England, looking to level the series at 1-1, will be hoping to establish a match-winning first-innings lead on Friday.

Although are on the back foot, they will know they are perhaps only one England batting collapse from going 2-0 up with two matches to play and thus retaining the Ashes.

Archer vindicates Root decision

This was a curious day, one when England’s bowlers threatened to frustrate as much as the weather.

On a pitch which looks set to deteriorate enough to make batting last difficult, Joe Root opted to try to exploit the overhead conditions in a bid to get at an batting line-up missing the concussed Smith.

For long periods England were at risk of failing, especially as Warner and Labuschagne scored freely after tea, when the bowling was loose, the fielding ragged and Root’s captaincy too aggressive.

Even the irrepressible Archer, given a hero’s welcome in Leeds after his fiery debut at Lord’s, was subdued early on, rarely touching 90mph.

However, if his bow in Test showed that he possesses the exciting raw pace to trouble the best batsmen, his late intervention here was a demonstration of full length, seam movement and control.

The crowd cheered him all day – when he began a spell or even touched the ball in the field. By the end, as he led England off, the were saluting England’s new bowling hero.

England’s attack of two halves

Headingley on Thursday was perfectly set up for seam bowling – damp, murky and with the floodlights on all day.

Even with almost 37 overs lost to the weather, anything other than England making serious inroads into the batting would have been a failure.

There were times when Stuart Broad was superb, tormenting Warner with seam movement, having caught down the leg side and later producing a wonderful delivery that nipped away to take ’s off stump.

Archer took the first wicket, nibbling the ball away from Marcus Harris – in the side to replace Cameron Bancroft – to have him being caught behind.

But even Archer and Broad were both occasionally guilty of bowling too short and losing their line, yet not as culpable as Chris Woakes and Stokes, who were woefully wayward to allow to score at more than six an over in the hour after tea.

However, after Woakes improved to have lbw, Archer took over. The last five wickets fell in less than 10 overs.

Warner and Labuschagne hold together

Warner, in his first Test series since serving a year-long ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal, had managed only 18 runs in his four previous innings, falling to Broad on three occasions.

As time and again he played and missed at Broad, surviving on nothing but good fortune, that lean spell looked set to continue.

After the second rain break, with the help of England’s bowlers, the swagger of the old Warner returned with punchy cuts and drives, and bustle between the wickets.

He was supported by Labuschagne, who backed up his impressive half-century as Smith’s concussion substitute at Lord’s with solid defence, judicious leaves and front-foot scoring.

Warner overturned being given caught behind off Broad, but added nothing more to his score when he edged Archer behind to become the first of three wickets in the space of 15 balls.

The impressive Labuschagne remained, seeing all fall around him until he inexplicably missed a high full toss from Stokes to be leg before.


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