Ashes 3rd Test Day 1 Review: Archer runs the show to put Aussies in a state of plight

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Jofra Archer’s dream start continues as he ran the show on a rain-marred day at Headingley, Leeds to give England an early advantage.

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Devoid of Steve Smith, Australia roped in Marnus Labuschagne as they were put in to bat by Joe Root. The new opening pair of Marcus Harris and David Warner did not last long as Archer struck early.

With Khawaja dismissed by Broad as well, the onus was on Labuschagne and Warner to rebuild the innings. Coming off a string of bad scores over the last two tests, the left-hander brought his A-game to register his first test fifty since his return. Labuschagne aided the cause as well with a half-century. The 111-run stand was brought down by Archer to trigger a collapse that would see the next 7 wickets fall for just 43 runs.

The speedster was the main architect after picking up six wickets to destroy the lower middle and tail order. Only Tim Panie managed to get to double figures apart from Warner and Labuschagne with 11 runs. The play was, however, called off early as a result of bad light.

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