Jofra Archer claimed his first Test wicket.as England struck three times in the morning session of what was forecast to be a rain-hit third day against Australia at Lord’s.
The tourists dominated Thursday’s play in the second Ashes Test as they targeted a 2-0 series lead, bowling England out for only 258 and closing on 30-1.
With wet weather expected for the rest of Friday, Joe Root’s home side needed to do damage before lunch and duly reduced Australia to 80-4 at the interval.
Debutant Archer removed Cameron Bancroft before Chris Woakes saw off Usman Khawaja (38) and Travis Head fell to Stuart Broad, but England were unable to claim the prized scalp of Steve Smith (13 not), who scored a century in both innings in Australia’s win at Edgbaston.
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Left-hander Khawaja brought up the team’s 50 with a streaky boundary when Woakes was brought into the attack after Archer and Broad struggled early on.
Root persisted with World Cup star Archer and the quick got a much-needed breakthrough with a delivery which struck Bancroft in front after nipping in sharply off the seam, umpire’s call the verdict after the opener signalled for a review.
Woakes got in on the act with the second ball of the next over, Khawaja nibbling behind to an excellent delivery which moved away from the left-hander.
Australia were 60-3 after losing two wickets without scoring a run and they were four down when Broad snared Travis Head (7) lbw, England successfully reviewing when Aleem Dar curiously opted not to raise his finger.
Ben Stokes caused an otherwise untroubled Smith problems and Matthew Wade overturned an lbw decision when on nought, after being given out from a ball from the England all-rounder which pitched outside leg stump.
Wade, full of confidence after scoring a hundred in the first Test, was still there along with Smith when lunch was called with rain falling and a strong prospect there may not be any further play on Friday.