Published: Sun, August 25, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Labuschagne strengthens Australia's grip on third Test

Labuschagne strengthens Australia's grip on third Test

The tourists were 245 runs ahead with six wickets in hand when Archer went off and will retain the urn if they win in Leeds.

The Barmy Army (England supporters) on Friday were seen hailing Archer by saying "Arise Sir Jofra" during day two of the third Test in the ongoing Ashes.

Labuschagne had made 70 when, just as happened with his second ball at Lord's, he was hit flush on the grille of his helmet by a steepling and rapid Jofra Archer delivery he could not evade in time.

"So if we can get him I think they can be vulnerable at times, same as any other team; if their best batter's out, you feel a bit more relaxed about your business".

Having challenged the stumps as a gentler fast-medium pace and found a little swing, he got one to lift just outside off, clipping the edge of an inevitable defensive prod.

"This wasn't a short-ball wicket, it wasn't as hard as Lord's", Archer said.

"I thought Marnus was outstanding with his discipline".

Australia did manage one substantial stand in an innings that was finished inside 53 overs, with David Warner (61) and Marnus Labuschagne (74) putting on 111 for the third wicket.

While Smith returned to resume his batting after almost half an hour, he didn't take the field after Australia was bundled out in the first innings. Archer, nevertheless, turned the tide by having Warner caught behind off a 90 miles per hour supply.

The 30-year-old has remained in Leeds around the Australia camp and he took his first significant step towards a return to action prior to play on day three, facing throwdowns in the nets, performing shuttle runs on the outfield and throwing balls to fielding coach Brad Haddin.

"It's a bit like how (South Africa great) Dale Steyn with the new ball tried to just use the conditions and then sort of ramp it up when they need to".

"That's incredible Test bowling", said Warner. "That was world-class bowling at its best".

It was the wicket of Warner - one of four Australian batsmen to nick behind - that turned a game that had been disrupted by rain and bad light after Joe Root had won the toss. Roy has scored just 40 runs in four Test innings, which is in stark contrast to his opening partner Burns, who has been a revelation for the hosts at the top of the order, scoring 226 runs at an average of 56.50. "Joel Garner went to my school and he often comes back".

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