Archer takes six as Australia all out for 179

England's Jofra Archer celebrates after taking his fifth wicket, that of Australia's Pat Cummins, right, caught by Jonny Bairstow for 0. (AP)
Updated 23 August 2019
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Archer takes six as Australia all out for 179

HEADINGLY: 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, 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 innings was his first double figure score of a series where he had previously managed just 18 runs in total, while Labuschagne scored his second successive 50 after he made 59 as a concussion substitute for Smith in the drawn second Test at Lord’s.

Root was hoping to make the most of overcast conditions at his Yorkshire home ground and capitalize on an Australia top order missing Smith, ruled out with a concussion suffered after being hit by a 92 mph bouncer from Archer at Lord’s.

Smith’s scores of 144, 142 and 92 had been central to putting Ashes-holders Australia ahead as they look to win a Test series away to England for the first time in 18 years.

Warner had previously managed scores of just two, eight, three and five this Ashes — his first Test campaign since both he and Smith completed 12-month ball-tampering bans. 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.

Moments later, with Australia 12-1 off four overs, rain stopped play.

When play resumed, Khawaja’s glance off Broad was caught by Bairstow.

England, however, had to first review New Zealand umpire Chris Gaffaney’s original not out decision.

More rain and bad light — even though the floodlights were on — halted play in the second session.

The resumption saw an increasingly assured Labuschagne hit two well-struck fours off first-change Chris Woakes.

England carelessly gave away several over-throw boundaries in desperate run-out attempts and when Ben Stokes dropped short, Warner cut him for four to go to 49.

A mistimed four off Stokes through point saw Warner complete a 79-ball fifty — a landmark greeted with now familiar boos from some fans.

But there were cheers too, with Warner’s wife Candice among those at the ground applauding her husband’s innings.

Warner was given out caught behind on 61 off Broad but successfully reviewed Gaffaney’s decision.

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 


Hafeez and Malik allowed to skip series against Sri Lanka

Updated 16 September 2019
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Hafeez and Malik allowed to skip series against Sri Lanka

  • Ahmed Shehzad and middle-order batsman Umar Akmal might get a chance to make it to the final squads
  • One day series against Sri Lanka begins at Karachi on September 27

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq named 20 probables on Monday for a short training camp ahead of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka this month, with experienced all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik not included in the list.
Hafeez and Malik were granted permission by the Pakistan Cricket Board to play in the Caribbean Premier League until Oct. 12.
Fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain has already been asked by the board to return home from the CPL to compete in the country’s premier first-class tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
The 19-year-old Hasnain, who has played five ODIs, also was called up for the training camp that starts Wednesday.
Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad and middle-order batsman Umar Akmal might get a chance to make it to the final squads for the three-match ODI series and the three Twenty20s against Sri Lanka. Both batsmen were included in Monday’s list.
Shehzad, who has played 81 ODIs, has been sidelined since October 2017, when he played an ODI against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates. Akmal played his last ODI against Australia — also in the UAE in March — but was not selected for the World Cup.
The ODI series against Sri Lanka begins at Karachi on Sept. 27, while the three-match Twenty20 series will be played at Lahore from Oct. 5-9.
The PCB has retained Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain and named middle-order batsman Babar Azam as vice-captain.
The PCB said Misbah will announce the final squads for both series on Saturday at Lahore.
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Training camp probables:
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz.