Hazlewood Shines As England Rolled For 67
It's often said "don't judge a pitch until both sides have batted" -- somebody should have told England.
The home side were feeling pretty good about the Third Test at Headingley, after bowling Australia out for 179 on the first day.
But things did not go to plan for the English on day two, bowled out for just 67 -- their fourth lowest score on home soil against Australia ever.
David Warner's safe hands and tenacious spells from Josh Hazlewood have put Australia in control of the third Ashes Test in Leeds, where England crashed to 6-54 at lunch on day two.
The tourists, having lost 8-43 to be rolled for 179 under dark skies on a rain-affected opening day, woke to find Yorkshire bathed in the sort of sunshine that David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne would have dreamed of before the start of the match.
But England lost 6-35, silencing the shocked crowd amid a frenzy of loose strokes, fantastic fast bowling and a record four catches from Warner on Friday.
A tenacious Josh Hazlewood has embarrassed England's bumbling batsmen in Leeds, helping skittle the hosts for 67 as Australia claimed a first-innings lead of 112 runs shortly after lunch on day two of the third Ashes Test
Hazlewood snared 5-30 as he ignited then ended a shocking collapse of 10-57, which has put the visitors in the box seat to secure a 2-0 series lead that will ensure they retain the urn.
Australia, having lost 8-43 to be rolled for 179 under dark skies on a rain-affected opening day, woke to find Yorkshire bathed in the sort of sunshine that David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne would have dreamed of before the start of the match.
Hazlewood proceeded to turn the Test on its head, silencing the shocked crowd amid a frenzy of loose strokes, fantastic fast bowling and a record four catches from Warner.
Joe Denly, having taken 24 balls to get off the mark, was the only Englishman to reach double figures but fell to James Pattinson on 12.
Warner, having dropped three catches and failed with the bat during the preceding draw at Lord's, backed up his hard-fought 61 with some superb takes at first slip.
The former vice-captain holds a share of the record for most catches by a non-keeper in an Ashes Test innings, having roared with delight after each wicket as he proved a Dukes ball magnet.
But Hazlewood was the star on Friday, bowling almost unchanged from the Football Stand End as he steamed in up the hill while firing out Jason Roy, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow before lunch.
Hazlewood delivered 11 overs during the morning session, with his only respite between spells being a tidy single over of Nathan Lyon's offspin.
The reliable right-armer and Pat Cummins both struck with their first delivery after lunch.
Jofra Archer ensured England avoided the ignominy of recording the lowest total at the venue, which remains 61, but the hosts' tail failed to wag.
Cummins, who reinforced why he is the top-ranked Test bowler in the world, and Pattinson also showcased how potent they can be despite generating limited swing.
The catchcry from Australia in the field whenever Roy was on strike was "he's coming hard" and that proved true when Roy started the collapse, driving loosely to give Warner his first catch.
Root went for a second-ball duck and Rory Burns, bounced out by Cummins, departed soon after.
Things went from bad to worse for the hosts as Ben Stokes, fresh from a century and the most dangerous batsman in the XI outside Root, threw away his wicket.
England crashed to 4-34 when Stokes lashed at a wide ball from Pattinson, searching for back-to-back boundaries but instead sending the ball rocketing to Warner at first slip.