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Jofra Archer turns lethal, Australia all out for 179 in third Ashes Test
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Jofra Archer turns lethal, Australia all out for 179 in third Ashes Test

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Riding on the Jofra Archer’s lethal attack by scalping six wickets, Australia were bundled out for 179 in the third Ashes test at Headingley on Thursday. In the absence of Steve Smith, Australian batting lineup were crumbling like a pack of card before England’s bowling attack on Thursday with only resistance came from David Warner (61) and Marnus Labuschagne (74).

Jofra Archer took 6 wickets for 45 in 17.1 overs. Soon after the play resumed, England, looking to level this series at 1-1, reduced Australia to 25-2 after home captain Joe Root won the toss. But David Warner (61) and Marnus Labuschagne (74) added 111 runs in a third-wicket partnership which frustrated England for while.

Archer, however, turned the tide by having Warner caught behind off a 90 mph delivery. Soon a big collapse happened that saw Australia lose three wickets for three runs to be 139-5. Travis Head was bowled for a duck by Stuart Broad and Matthew Wade, a century-maker in the first Test, also fell for nought when a rising Archer delivery deflected off the thigh pad via his glove and into the base of the stump, dislodging a bail.

Warner’s fellow top-order left-handers Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja both fell for eight. Harris had been drafted in to open alongside Warner after Cameron Bancroft was dropped following 44 runs in four innings. But Archer, bowling from around the wicket, squared Harris up with an 87.3 mph ball and had him caught behind by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.