Player of the Match
Player of the Match

"Can England do an Essex?" asks David Owen, perhaps more through hope than expectation, "skittle the Aussies for about 40 and face a 150 chase?" Nothing would surprise me at this stage, Dave...

James: "112 lead. 111 Partnership between Warner and Marnus." Yup, that's the difference between the sides at the moment!

Given the way they batted, perhaps England would benefit from Ash Barty's cricket explainer...

"Okay I have cleaned my phone screen, my laptop screen, this score is unfathomable." Don't adjust your monitor, HarishVaranasi - besides, aren't you used to seeing England fold meekly against high-quality bowling in the Bayliss era by now?!

Well, well, well. I said at 10 o'clock this morning that this had the feel of a massive day, and it could be the one that decides the series. Perfect overhead conditions for batting, and England have folded for 67 (sixty-seven!)... Joe Denly was the only man to reach double figures, as Australia's three musketeers shared out ten wickets between them. Hazlewood ends with five of them, and this game is moving along at the speed of a runaway freight train!

Hazlewood to Leach, OUT, nope, can't make them pay this time... tiiiiiimber! Leach shuffles across to cover his off stump again, and a full ball crashes into his leg stump! Hazlewood has five wickets, Australia have a 112-run lead, England have their lowest score in the Ashes since 1948, and their lowest ever at Headingley!

MJ Leach b Hazlewood 1 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Rr: "Leachy - MAKE THEM PAY!!!!"

Hazlewood to Leach, no run, short again, ducks underneath it this time
Hazlewood to Leach, no run, dropped! Again Leach shuffles across to the off side, tries to fend it into the leg side... it balloons up off his glove as one hand comes off the bat and the diving Wade can't cling on!
Hazlewood to Leach, no run, short ball, Leach shuffles across to the off side and evades the 88mph bouncer
Hazlewood to Leach, no run, length ball, blocked out into the off side with a high front elbow... textbook stuff!

Rahul Sargam : "8 runs to surpass Labuschagne. Can England surpass his score?"

27 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 67/9

  • Jack Leach1 (2b)
  • Stuart Broad4 (5b)
  • Pat Cummins9-4-23-3
  • Josh Hazlewood12-2-30-4
Cummins to Leach, 1 run, short again, fended towards short leg again but flies past him, and skews out towards square leg for a single
Cummins to Leach, no run, short ball from round the wicket, fended towards short leg by Leach but falls just short!

Michael : "...but also 3 tests ago: Jack Leach batting hero!" And he'll need to be a hero again here if England are to have a prayer in this Test. Out he strides to join Stuart Broad.

Cummins to Archer, OUT, short ball, ducks, but Australia are celebrating! Archer reviews, but this has come off the back of the bat, by the sounds of it. Yep, not quite short enough to duck, leaves his bat in the way of it, and just brushes the bat - the face, in fact - on the way through, and the decision is upheld! Archer had walked off by the time the decision was confirmed, and England are nine down!

JC Archer c †Paine b Cummins 7 (16m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Cummins to Archer, 2 runs, another big heave-ho from Archer to a short ball, no sort of connection but skews away towards the vacant mid-on region for a couple. And the crowd is getting involved! 'Super, super Jof, super Jofra Archer' is the ditty
Cummins to Archer, no run, bumper, very short this time at 86mph and Archer ducks underneath it
Cummins to Archer, FOUR runs, bosh, have some of that! Short, but chest height, clears the front leg and smites it through midwicket for a boundary!

Alex: "We haven't seen such a sorry capitulation from the England team since, oh, Ireland at Lords 3 tests ago..."

26 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 60/8

  • Stuart Broad4 (5b)
  • Jofra Archer1 (4b)
  • Josh Hazlewood12-2-30-4
  • Pat Cummins8-4-16-2
Hazlewood to Broad, FOUR runs, slightly fuller, and Broad clips it off his pads down to fine leg for four. And a huge cheer goes up from the Leeds faithful!

BT: "This is so unfair on Broad and Archer, they got Eng into a winning position and now they've got to get them out of a losing position"

Hazlewood to Broad, no run, shortish again, has a little waft at it and gets nowhere near it, 86.5mph and flies through to Paine
Hazlewood to Broad, no run, bouncer, but down the leg side and that won't trouble Broad this time
Hazlewood to Broad, no run, another back-of-a-length ball, jumps back, and squirts off the edge towards gully
Hazlewood to Broad, no run, short ball to start, defends well off the back foot

Stuart Broad comes in, with three slips, a gully, and a short leg

Hazlewood to Buttler, OUT, oh my word... this one is most definitely bad batting. Length ball outside off, there is a short cover in, and Buttler chips a drive straight to him! Sharp catch by Khawaja, but that is a poor, poor shot, falls right into the trap and Buttler's lean run in Tests continues. Don't adjust your monitors, England really are 56 for 8!

JC Buttler c Khawaja b Hazlewood 5 (29m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

Hazlewood from the far end.

"Is it great bowling, bad batting or an indifferent pitch?" asks Butch. Some poor shots, not least that one from Woakes, but Australia have been exceptional

England 4th innings Partnerships

1st15JJ RoyRJ Burns
2nd0JJ RoyJE Root
3rd126JL DenlyJE Root
4th18JE RootBA Stokes
5th86JM BairstowBA Stokes
6th8JC ButtlerBA Stokes
7th8CR WoakesBA Stokes
8th25BA StokesJC Archer
9th0SCJ BroadBA Stokes
10th76BA StokesMJ Leach