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Got him: Australia celebrates as Joe Root trudges off
Got him: Australia celebrates as Joe Root trudges off

By Rory Dollard

Josh Hazlewood claimed that Australia have started to reopen old Ashes scars after bowling England out for 67 on the second day at Headingley and suggested the home side are vulnerable when Joe Root fails.

Hazlewood took five for 30 as a disciplined and dangerous Australia attack met with limp resistance in the third Test, skittling England inside 28 overs.

The tourists go into day three 283 runs ahead on 171 for six knowing victory would put the holders 2-0 up with two to play, guaranteeing they retain the urn.

"I guess we might be starting a few scars there. I don't think many teams are winning if one of their innings is 60 or 70 runs," he said. "Sixty is hard work to come back from during a Test.

"I can't remember a day like this to be honest, a great day."

Hazlewood started the rot by dismissing misfit opener Jason Roy for nine and then landed the prize scalp of the skipper for a two-ball duck. That was his second in a row following a first-baller at Lord's and Root's pre-series decision to return to No.3 has thus far suited his opponents more than his own team.

"I certainly like him in there as early as possible," said Hazlewood. "They follow him a little bit, he's the leader, he's the captain, he's got the best average, he's their best batsman going by numbers, so if we can get him I think they can be vulnerable.

"I think they love to feel bat on ball, especially through that middle order, so if we can dry up the runs and force a mistake then that's fantastic."

Australia have travelled with six high-level pacemen in their squad, and Hazlewood believes that is driving up standards.

"It keeps you on your toes because if you go out and bowl poorly it may be your last game given how good the quicks are on the bench," he reflected.

"You see Mitch Starc or Peter Siddle bringing a towel or a drink over to you at fine leg and you think, 'These guys should be playing'. That is a good thing."

England will never forget the joy of winning their first World Cup earlier this summer but that cherished moment, and the prolonged period of white-ball emphasis that preceded it, might have come at a price.

Jofra Archer briefly left the field with suspected cramp late in the day, a worrying hint that the rising star of English cricket might already be shouldering too much of the burden.

When play began under blue skies, Roy gave a tantalisingly brief glimpse of what might have been, helping himself to a couple of firmly hit boundaries.

The serenity lasted just under four overs, Roy following a Hazlewood delivery he might otherwise have left and feeding David Warner the first of his four catches at first slip.

Roy had made just nine.

The next blow was even more grievous, Root lasting just two balls before Hazlewood fizzed one into the channel outside off and Warner tumbled to his left to take the edge.

It was 20 for three when Rory Burns gloved a Pat Cummins bouncer through to the wicketkeeper but the worst shot of the bunch was still to come.

Stokes had just eight to his name when James Pattinson tossed down a harmless wide. Inexplicably, Stokes dropped to one knee and stretched himself in pursuit, succeeding only in steering another chance to the welcoming hands of Warner.

Somehow, Joe Denly was still there. He was beaten seven times before getting off the mark, edging one, overturning an lbw decision and playing and missing on five occasions.

He finally edged one from Pattinson to end a tortured stay. Remarkably he would end up as top scorer with 12.

Hazlewood and Warner combined once more before lunch, Jonny Bairstow the latest victim, leaving England 54 for six.

Australia wasted no time in ramming home their advantage, pocketing the last four wickets for 13 runs. Cummins' short ball did for Woakes and Archer with Hazlewood claiming the last recognised batsman, Jos Buttler picking out the perfectly-positioned short cover, and cleaning up last man Jack Leach.

Australia lost three for 82 before tea. Stuart Broad's domination of Warner continued, the left-hander lbw for duck, Leach's first ball of the match spun sharply to castle Marcus Harris through the gate and Woakes removed Usman Khawaja for 23.

England needed things to happen in a hurry but Australia added another 89 for three in a punishing final session for Stokes.

He held down one end for 15.2 overs, interrupted only by four Archer deliveries ending in the cramp, and pounded away tirelessly for the scalps of Travis Head and Matthew Wade.

It could easily have been more, Marnus Labuschagne dropped by Root on 15, Bairstow on 42 and reprieved by Stokes' no-ball in between. Broad removed Tim Paine for nought before the end but they have it all to do.

Scoreboard

England v Australia (Third Ashes Test, Headingley)

ENGLAND 1ST INNINGS

R Burns c Paine b Cummins 9

J Roy c Warner b Hazlewood 9

J Root c Warner b Hazlewood0

J Denly c Paine b Pattinson 12

B Stokes c Warner b Pattinson 8

J Bairstow c Warner b Hazlewood4

J Buttler c Khawaja b Hazlewood5

C Woakes c Paine b Cummins 5

J Archer c Paine b Cummins7

S Broad not out4

J Leach b Hazlewood1

Extras 0nb 0w 0b 3lb3

Total (27.5 overs)67

Fall: 10-1 10-2 20-3 34-4 45-5 45-6 54-7 56-8 66-9 67-10

Bowling: Cummins 9.0 4 23 3 2.56

Hazlewood 12.5 2 30 5 2.34

Lyon 1.0 0 2 0 2.00

Pattinson 5.0 2 9 2 1.8

AUSTRALIA 2ND INNINGS

M S Harris b Leach19

D A Warner lbw b Broad0

U T Khawaja c Roy b Woakes 23

M Labuschagne not out 53

T M Head b Stokes25

M S Wade c Bairstow b Stokes 33

T D Paine c Denly b Broad 0

J L Pattinson not out2

Extras 6nb 2w 1b 7lb 16

Total (57 overs)171-6

To bat: P J Cummins,N M Lyon, J R Hazlewood

Bowling: Archer 8.4 2 16 0 1.85

Broad 12.0 2 34 2 2.83

Woakes 10.0 1 34 1 3.40

Leach 11.0 0 46 1 4.18

Stokes 15.2 4 33 2 2.15

Australia lead by 283 runs with 4 wkts remaining. Day Three today (11am).

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