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England's bowling attack thwarted by the rain

16th August 2019, 18:37 by Craig Smithson

Australia were struggling against England's bowlers on 80-4 when rain ended play before lunch on day three of the second Ashes Test.

The weather had already resulted in the opening day's play being abandoned without a ball being bowled on Wednesday, before England were restricted to 258 in their first innings on Thursday.

Australia resumed on Friday morning on 30-1, but the tourists were left reeling as they lost three wickets for just 11 runs.

Debutant Jofra Archer took his first Test wicket as he removed Cameron Bancroft lbw for 13 runs, before Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad accounted for Usman Khawaja and Travis Head respectively.

The Baggy Greens went from 60-1 to 71-4 with former captain Steve Smith still at the crease on 13 not out alongside Matthew Wade, still trailing England by 178 runs.

With dry weather forecast for the remaining two days of play, England will hope to end the Australia innings quickly in order to build a sufficient lead in their second innings to have a chance of securing a win which would level the series at 1-1.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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