Warner’s lean run in Ashes continues as Hazlewood stars with ball


London: David Warners lean start to the Ashes has continued after Stuart Broad had his number for the third time in three attempts in an electric final hour under lights on the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lords.

The Home of Cricket was bouncing as fast bowler Jofra Archer made the most anticipated Test debut in years and Australia were assigned the task of seeing out the last 60 minutes of the day with the bat after bowling out England for 258.

David Warner leaves the middle after being bowled by Stuart Broad.

David Warner leaves the middle after being bowled by Stuart Broad.Credit:AP

Warner lasted only 17 balls for his three before a gem from Broad, steaming in from the Pavilion End around the wicket, beat him through the gate and took the top of the leg bail. It was the third time in three innings he had departed at the hands of the same man, and with only 13 runs in total for the series it is far from the comeback to Test cricket the former vice-captain had envisioned.

Warner's opening partner, Cameron Bancroft, was also out cheaply twice in the first Test at Edgbaston but remained unbeaten on five alongside Usman Khawaja (18 not out), with Australia to resume on Friday at 1-30.


A superb Josh Hazlewood (3-58) had earlier rolled through the opposition top order before a fiery exhibition of short-pitched bowling from Pat Cummins (3-61) and Nathan Lyon (3-68), becoming Australias equal third leading wicket taker of all time alongside Dennis Lillee, took care of the lower half, although not before a spirited half-century from Jonny Bairstow steered Joe Root's team to respectability.

In what was effectively the first morning of the match due to Wednesdays complete washout, Hazlewood made an immediate impact in his first Test since Sydney in the first week of January.

For more than seven months he had waited to play for his country again, through a serious back injury, then the disappointment of being snubbed for World Cup selection, then the unusual scenario of being handed an orange bib and the drinks as 12th man at Edgbaston.

Finally unleashed on Thursday at Lords as captain Tim Paine won the toss and decided to bowl first, he was intent on making up for lost time and cut a swath through Englands top order with exquisite line and length.

Under-pressure opener Jason Roy was cannon fodder, exiting for a third-ball duck after prodding at a ball that seamed away slightly and nicking it to Paine behind the stumps.

In a dynamic opening spell from the Nursery End, Hazlewood then removed captain Joe Root lbw for 14 with a delivery that nipped slightly back up the slope and clattered into the England captains knee roll.

A third scalp came soon after lunch as Hazlewood got the ball swinging, enticing Joe Denly, on 30, into an edge that also flew to Paine.

Spilled catches from Usman Khawaja and the Australia captain, who put Burns down on 16 and 47 respectively both off the bowling of Peter Siddle, threatened to prove costly. Khawaja in particular would have been relieved when Bancroft made up for the blunders with a spectacular diving grab down low to his left at short leg as Burns, on 53, attempted to fend away a short one from Cummins.

Siddle would be rewarded for his efforts as Englands middle order wobbled, having Jos Buttler (12) caught behind in the first over a new spell in the afternoon before Ben Stokes (13) looked allRead More – Source

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