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Ashes, 3rd Test: Archer shines with 6 as rain plays spoilsport

by Sahir Usman Aug 23, 2019 • 08:16 AM

Leeds, Aug 23 - Jofra Archer grabbed six wickets in only his second Test match, as England bowled Australia out for 179 despite Marnus Labuschagne's defiant 74 at stumps on a rain-affected opening day of the third Ashes rubber here at Headingley on Thursday.

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Archer, 24, returned magical figures of 6/45 while pace spearhead Stuart Broad supported him well with 2/32 as Australia never recovered after David Warner and Labuschagne associated for a 111-run third wicket stand. 

Missing batting mainstay Steve Smith, the Aussies lost Marcus Harris (8) early and were 12/1 at lunch with Warner, who roared back to form with a 61 from 94 balls (7x4), at the crease.

Harris was squared up by an unplayable Archer delivery which kissed the outside edge of his bat and flew to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. Archer and Broad had Australian openers in all sorts of trouble with the ball moving off the seam under helpful overhead conditions.

Warner struggled to middle the ball and looked all at sea. Harris managed to hit two fours before Archer had him and the skies opened up.
 

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