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Archer leads charge at Headingley

22nd August 2019, 20:05 by Gareth Freeman

Jofra Archer starred for England with 6-45 as the hosts dismissed Australia for 179 on the first day of the third Ashes Test.

Australia, who are without star batsman Steve Smith for the clash at Headingley due to a concussion sustained in the drawn second Test, reached 136-2 thanks to a solid 61 from opener David Warner and a 74 from Smith's replacement Marnus Labuschagne as the duo put on a 111-run stand.

The tide turned in the final session as Archer took five wickets to hand England the advantage as they bid to level the series, with Australia currently 1-0 ahead.

Speaking to Test Match Special after play had finished for the day, Archer said: "I didn't do too much differently from [the second Test at] Lord's, the slope there just makes the balls a lot harder to play. It was a bit bowler friendly today, at times it did go flat and the ball stopped swinging but it started again.

"There were a few threes and no sweepers, I'll more than take 6-45 but I can be tidier in the future.

"It's been really good so far, from the moment I've put the badge on, it's been the happiest days of cricket so far and hopefully plenty more ahead.

"They've got some good bowlers as well so we've got to bat really well tomorrow."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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