Australia loses 4 wickets early, as Mark Wooden’s tempo units agenda at Headingley

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Mark Wooden’s tempo and Stuart Broad’s management has breathed life again into England’s Ashes, with the pair serving to ship Australia to lunch at 4-91 within the third Ashes Check.

After sitting out the primary two Checks whereas managing an elbow damage, Wooden produced the quickest spell of the sequence thus far and clear bowled Usman Khawaja.

Stuart Broad was additionally relentless, eradicating each David Warner and Steve Smith within the first session after England gained the toss and bowled on the quickest pitch of the sequence thus far.

It got here on a morning of fireplace and brimstone at Headingley, the place Australia’s nationwide anthem was booed by sections of the gang after final week’s dramas at Lord’s.

Every of Australia’s batsmen have been additionally jeered as they walked onto the sector, together with Smith in his a hundredth Check match.

However whereas Australia have insisted they’re unfazed by the hostilities from the crowds, their larger considerations have been within the center.

Broad (2-20) claimed Warner’s wicket for a sixteenth time in Check cricket, drawing his edge exterior off to have him caught by Zak Crawley at second slip for 4 within the first over.

Then the fireplace of Wooden arrived.

His first ball went by means of at 146km/h and his third at 152km/h.

By his subsequent over he had reached 155km/h with an outswinger to Marnus Labuschagne, whereas a bouncer clattered into the promoting boards for 4 byes on the primary bounce.

Wooden didn’t concede a run off the bat from his first 22 balls, and whereas Khawaja broke that streak with a lower shot for 2, he misplaced his leg stump subsequent ball with a ball that went between bat and pad.

It was the final ball of Wooden’s first spell, however it helped expose Australia’s center order early.

Labuschagne adopted, caught at first slip by Joe Root when he edged Chris Woakes on 21.

And when Smith was caught behind off Broad on 22 and took a evaluate with him simply earlier than lunch, Australia have been in deep trouble.

England’s morning might have been higher if not for Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps.

He grassed Smith on 4 after the Australian inside-edged an Ollie Robinson ball, and later put down a a lot simpler likelihood off Travis Head on eight.

It got here after Australia handed Mitch Marsh his first Check cap in near 4 years with Cameron Inexperienced out with a hamstring pressure.

Scott Boland and Todd Murphy are additionally in for Josh Hazlewood and injured Nathan Lyon.

A draw for Australia will imply they keep the Ashes, whereas a win would wrap up the sequence with two Checks nonetheless to play.

-AAP


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