The Ashes: Day One at Headingley

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Wow! Or to use a more modern expressive, OMG! What more can this Ashes series give us?

Firstly, the weather. A day interrupted by more rain up north while the south basked in glorious sunshine.

Looking out at Old Harry Rocks today…

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Astounding view isn’t it?

Anyway back to cricket matters, I was listening during the day and then on the bus ride home on DAB with Warner and the impressive Marnus (I called him Mamus previously) Labuschagne seemingly settled and Aussie going along like a train at four runs per over.

Then three quick wickets and suddenly England were in with a shout.

The batteries ran out with Aussie 160/6 so I had to wait for the channel 5 highlights programmes to find out what happened later on.

It was baffling really. How did thst middle and lower order crumble? And three ducks in that Australian inning too. In fact, just three of the batsmen made double figures!

Warner was always going to come good, you knew that, but Smith’s replacement – well, where would Australia be without that magnificent knock?

We cannot, given the fragility of England’s top order, an out-of-touch Root and their softened underbelly,say that England are in the ascendency yet in this test.

With an improved forecast, you would think England should rattle up 300-350 easily.

Always looks easy on paper or in the mind, doesn’t it?

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Here’s a brief summary of the day’s play courtesy of BBC SPORT…

Jofra Archer took six wickets to help England bowl out Australia for 179 on a truncated first day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

Archer’s 6-45, five of which came in the final session, reversed the fortunes of the home side after they were in danger of wasting ideal bowling conditions.

Either side of two lengthy delays for rain and bad light, Australia reached 136-2 thanks to a third-wicket stand of 111 between David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.

But Archer, who made such an explosive debut in the second Test, had Warner caught behind for 61 to spark a collapse of three wickets for three runs.

Even at 173-6, honours seemed to be even, only for Archer to return once again and run through the tail. The last four wickets fell for six runs.

Labuschagne, in the Australia side as Steve Smith’s replacement, battled to 74, but was lbw to a Ben Stokes full toss before Archer trapped Nathan Lyon leg before with what proved to be the final delivery of the day.

England, looking to level the series at 1-1, will be hoping to establish a match-winning first-innings lead on Friday.

Although Australia are on the back foot, they will know they are perhaps only one England batting collapse from going 2-0 up with two matches to play and thus retaining the Ashes.