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12:00 AM, August 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:59 AM, August 23, 2019

Archer’s six skittles Aussies

Jofra Archer took six wickets as England dismissed an Australia side without star batsman Steve Smith for just 179 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley on Thursday.

Fast bowler Archer, in only his second Test, took 6-45 in 17.1 overs -- the first time he had taken five or more wickets in an innings at this level.

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) frustrated England in a third-wicket stand of 111.

Archer, however, turned the tide by having Warner caught behind off a 90 mph delivery.

It was the start of a collapse 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 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.

Root was hoping to make the most of overcast conditions at his Yorkshire home ground and capitalise on an Australia top order missing Smith, ruled out with a concussion suffered after being hit by bouncer from Archer at Lord’s.

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.

Moments later, with Australia 12-1 off, rain stopped play. When play resumed, Khawaja’s glance off Broad was caught by Bairstow. England, however, had to review the umpire’s original not out decision.

More rain and bad light -- even though the floodlights were on -- halted play in the second session. After resumption, Warner was given out caught behind on 61 off Broad but successfully reviewed and Labuschagne completed a 73-ball fifty as wickets continued to fall.

Archer had James Pattinson well caught by first slip Root and then had Pat Cummins, the third duck of the innings, caught behind, the disbelieving batsman failing with a review.

Labuschagne’s gutsy innings ended when he was lbw to Stokes after missing a full toss, with Archer ending the day’s play when he had tailender Nathan Lyon lbw.

SCORES IN BRIEF:

AUSTRALIA: First innings 179 all out (Warner 61, Labuschagne 74; Broad 2-32, Archer 6-45)

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