19:29pm – WICKET – What a finish! Outstanding from Archer. A wonderful display of bowling. He gets one angling back to Nathan Lyon and its out lbw with umpire Gaffaney raising his finger. It looked to be going down leg, but it matters not. Australia all out for 179.

19:24pm – WICKET – Stokes launches a full toss which Labuschagne completely misjudges and it whacks him on his pad. He has a guilty look on his face, but decides to review. It’s pitching in line with off stump and is going on to hit. That’s OUT.

Labuschagne departs for 74 from 129 balls, including 10 fours,, in an innings that lasted 216 minutes.

19:14pm – WICKET – Archer gets his fifth. He gets Cummins edging behind playing away from his body. Cummins doesn’t think he hit it, but ultra-edge clears it up and it’s clear. He’s on his way back to the pavilion with Australia 174-8.

18:56pm – WICKET – Archer has a fourth wicket. He arrows one towards the top of off and Pattinson has to play at it. He nicks it and it flies through at head height to Root at first slip.

4-40 for Archer so far. Australia 173-7.

18:42pm – WICKET – Woakes bowls a great length and a huge appeal for lbw goes up. Umpire Gaffaney is unmoved, but Root quickly reviews.

It looks close on first viewing and ball tracking confirms it’s hitting flush.

Paine’s gone lbw on review for 11 off 26 balls and Australia are on the ropes here. 162-6.

18:15pm – Labuschagne takes on in the unmentionables. Broad rockets one straight into his groin and he’s down. There could be a lengthy delay as he gathers his… thoughts!

17:52pm – Wade gone for 0. Archer around the wicket gets him playing on off the body and it rolls back on to the stumps, dislodging the off bail. Australia 139-5. Tim Paine the new man in. Three wickets in just 16 balls.

17:51pm – 50 for Labuschagne – his third in seven Tests. His innings has included 8 fours and came off 73 balls.

17:45pm – WICKET – Travis Head gone for a duck. He got stuck on the crease, no foot movement and a peach from Broad clips the top off off stump. A perfect delivery.

Australia 138-4.

17:37pm – WICKET – Archer finally finds the edge of Warner’s bat and he’s gone for 61 off 94 balls. That’s Archer’s second wicket today and a vital one with Australia racing along.

The partnership was 111 off 23 overs. Australia 136-3.

17:29pm – Broad back for his ninth over. There’s a huge appeal for a catch behind but he hasn’t hit is and the original decision of OUT is overturned.

17:13pm – 50 up for Warner!

He lifts one up and over backward point and then runs a full toss down to the third man boundary and England continue to leak runs. 120-2.

17:10pm – Four more. A gift on the stumps from Woakes is whipped away leg side. Warner then square cuts a bad ball from Stokes to point boundary.

16:54pm – Labuschagne edges Stokes wide of third slip for four. Australia are 91-2 with the score moving along nicely. They’ve put on 37 runs in the last six overs. This partnership is starting to knock England off course a little.

16:41pm – Warner gets a thick edge on Woakes’ first ball following the resumption. It flies through the slips from and hurtles to the boundary.

Labuschagne perfectly times a drive through the covers for four more and he then brings up a 50 partnership by clipping one down to fine leg.

Australia 75-2 with Warner 32 and Labuschagne 17

16:00pm – BAD LIGHT – Labuschagne finds the boundary ropes, whipping the ball off his pads through mid-wicket. Unfortunately, we’re off for light though. Boos ring around Headingley as a frustrating first day continues.

The floodlights have overtaken the natural light, making the red ball tougher to pick up. Australia 54-2. An early tea will be taken at 16:10pm.

15:59pm – Warner clips Archer through mid-wicket for three to bring up 50 for the visitors.

It’s getting pretty gloomy here at Emerald Headingley and Tim Robinson is bringing out the light metre.

15:53pm – Australia are 47-2. Warner 23 and Labuschagne 3 – Chris Woakes is the first change here with 17 overs gone.

15:48pm – So, we’ve got five slips in here for Archer’s over. But he’s starting to look a lot more comfortable and seems to have navigated a very tricky period, punctuated by rain delays.

The Australian opener punches Archer down the ground and they run three. Labuschagne then evades a tasty looking delivery from the England paceman on the last ball of the over.

15:42pm – England convene on the boundary rope in front of the Carnegie Pavilion. Broad will finish the 15th over, with one ball to go at Marnus Labuschagne. He punches the ball through the covers for a quick two.

Australia 41-2 (Warner 18, Labuschagne 2)

15:16pm – The ground staff are starting to remove the covers. We’ll hopefully be back underway shortly.

14:45pm – The umbrellas go up as the rain starts to fall. Umpire Gaffaney decides that’s enough to head off.

The big covers roll on and, despite briefly lingering on the outfield, the players eventually head for the sanctuary of the dressing rooms.

Australia 39-2. Only 14.5 overs have been bowled so far.

14:42pm – A mixture of good leaves, as well of plenty of play and misses too. But Warner then middles one square of the wicket on the off-side and it races away for four.

14:12pm – WICKET – Broad who has been so consistent and on point with his deliveries so far sends one down legside and a huge appeal goes up from the slip corden. Usman Khawaja look cool enough, but Root immediately signals he wants it reviewing.

Despite straying in line for the first time today, ultra-edge shows he feathers it to Bairstow. He’s gone! Khawaja departs for 8 off 17 balls. Australia 25-2.

That’s Broad’s 43rd Test wicket.

14:12pm – Broad, round the wicket, raps Warner on the pads. It looked close on first viewing, but it’s going down legside. A good non-review that!

The white clouds are blowing over the ground with some pace now and there’s even a touch of blue sky on show.

13:44pm – The covers have been off for a while and, providing there is no further rain, we’re set for a 14:00pm re-start.

13:26pm –


By Paul Edwards

A cricket ground without people is nothing more than concrete and metal, wood and glass, plastic and turf. You might admire the architecture or the construction but the soul of the place will elude you if you are not stirred by what has happened there. So whatever its modernity Emerald Headingley is, and must always be, more than a stadium. Young Yorkshiremen have arrived at the ground wanting nothing more than to play for the county; veteran cricketers have walked off this sacred space after their last games not trusting themselves to say anything at all; and every springtime supporters turn up, gruff and tender, hoping to see the White Rose prosper. “It’s [uz] ground” say the county’s players and supporters and dare you to correct their grammar. “[Uz] can be loving” wrote Tony Harrison, a Leeds poet, in one of his most famous 16-line sonnets and there has never been any shortage of emotion at Headingley. It has been so since 1890 when the ground hosted its inaugural first-class match and spectators saw The North lose to the touring Australians by 160 runs. Ah yes, the Australians. I didn’t think it would be long until we got round to them.


12:41pm – To maximise playing time, an early lunch will be taken at 12:45pm. Providing there is no further rain, a 13:25pm resumption is planned.

12:25pm – WICKET! And it was always going to be Archer. 87.3mph. He gets one to move away from the left-hander Marcus Harris, who pushes at it, and the slightest of nicks off his bat finds the gloves of Jonny Bairstow. That one straightened a little. A bit of extra pace from Archer.

He’s even more unfortunate as the umpires have decided the light drizzle is enough to force the players from the field. Australia 12-1.

12:20pm – Broad completes a very tidy over, beating the bat on a number of occasions. Australia 8-0.

12:05pm -_ Jerusalem rings around a new look Emerald Headingley; the Ashes returns to Yorkshire for the first time in a decade. A beautiful rendition from Lizzie Jones, widow of Danny Jones, raising awareness for the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund. The players file out acknowledging Lizzie.

This expectant crowd can look set for 88 overs providing there is no further rain.

Here we go, just the 1hr 10mins late, but we’re sure it will be worth the waiting.

Two left-handers and Stuart Broad to open the bowling, four slips in place. The lights are on and Broad causes Warner all sorts of problems early on.

11:54am – Providing no further rain falls, we’re set for a 12:10pm start, with lunch at 13:30pm.

11:44am – The covers are coming off. We’ve had no rain for around half an hour so we’re hopeful play is imminent.

11:21am – The Yorkshire Tea Band are on hand to enterain those waiting for the start of play…

11:12am – The covers are going back on unfortunately. It will be interesting to see what the red ball does under the lights and overcast conditions. With the forecast set fair over the next few days, every minute we’re delayed will eat into England’s advantage.

11:05am – TOSS – England’s Joe Root with the coin, he wins the toss and opts to bowl first.

Root: “We think there’s a little bit in the wicket and it looks a good pitch. We want to make the most of the conditions while they’re here.

“We’re going with the same team.

“These are the series you want to be involved in and they don’t come around too often. They’re the games, as a player, that you want to go out there and affect. We’re determined to finsih the week 1-1.”

10:54am – The toss will take place at 11:05am with a start time of 11:20am pencilled in.

10:43am –

Yorkshire CEO Mark Arthur said…

“This is the big one, it’s like nothing else in sport and everybidy looks forward to it. We as a venue have had to wait 10 years for it.

“I’ve said to everybody who works here to go and enjoy it because it’s unique. The old enemy; Australia, England looking to put one over them.

“With the result at Lord’s and the series poised as it is, this could be an absolute cracker.

“It’s massive! We’ve had Test cricket here since 1899, but we’ve gone 10 years without an Ashes Test. I think it’s our 25th.

“A whole generation has forgotten what it’s like to have Ashes cricket at Emerald Headingley, now they get the opportunity.

“All the tickets are sold out and now wee get the opportunity to showcase the development we undertook a short while ago.

“It’s special for the county but also for Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, because they won’t have played in an Ashes Test on their home ground before. They will want to add to the 12 Englishmen that have scores hundreds here in the previous 24 Tests. They will want their names up on the honours boards. There’s no doubting the whole experience will make them tingle.”

10:41am –

Head to head

  • Played 348, England won 108, lost 145 and drew 95.
  • At Headingley (1899-2009): Played 24, England won 7, lost 9, drew 8.

10:37am – The dressing rooms…

10:33am –


  • Australia were England’s first opponents at Headingley when the ground became a Test venue in 1899.
  • This game will be Australia’s 25th Test match against England at Headingley. No other country has played more than 15. They have won nine and lost seven of the previous 24. Australia also played a Test against Pakistan at Headingley in 2010, which was their most recent visit, but lost that game.
  • Austalia last played a Test against England at Headingley in 2009 and this ten-year gap between Ashes Tests in Leeds is the longest-ever except for periods interrupted by the two World Wars.
  • England’s highest total against Australia at Headingley is 533 in 1985 but Australia have scored more than this on four occasions, the highest being 653 for four declared in 1993 – the ground’s record for all countries.
  • Australia’s lowest innings total at Headingley is 88 against Pakistan in 2010 but its lowest against England is 103 in 1977. England’s lowest against Australia on the ground is 87 in 1909.
  • The match aggregate of 1,723 runs scored in the Headingley Test of 1948 is the record for all Ashes Tests in England.
  • Headingley is the only ground in England to have seen three Test triple-centuries; two of these were for Australia – both by Don Bradman, the highest being 334 in 1930. England’s highest against Australia at Headingley is 191 by Geoff Boycott in 1977.
  • Ricky Ponting (1997-2009) scored four consecutive half-centuries for Australia. Only two other players have achieved the feat in Headingley Tests – Peter May (1955-58) for England and Salim Malik (1987-96) for Pakistan.
  • The two best bowling performances in Ashes Tests at Headingley are eight for 43 by Bob Willis for England in 1981 and seven for 37 by Jason Gillespie for Australia in 1997. Gillespie’s analysis is still the best by any overseas bowler in a Headingley Test and he is the youngest of the 18 Australian bowlers to take a Test five-for on the ground.
  • In 1981 Ian Botham scored 50 and 149 not out and also took six for 95 and one for 14. He is the only player from either country to score a century and take at least five wickets in an innings in Ashes Tests at Headingley.

10:30am – Delayed toss confirmed.

10:24am – Light rain is in the air, the covers are going on and it looks like the toss could be delayed.

Good morning

So here we are. We’ve waited a decade. A whole generation has forgotten what it’s like to have Ashes cricket at Headingley. And it appears to have gone full circle. Australia were England’s very first opponents at Headingley when the ground became a Test venue in 1899.

A Silver Test – the 25th Test between THE two oldest of enemies. After two Tests it’s still 1-0 to Australia. Victory in Birmingham for the Aussies, then Lord’s was exciting and England will say they had the better of it.

Our very own Joe Root, Test captain now of course, insists England must ‘jump on’ their chance in this decisive third Test – particularly with leading run-scorer Steve Smith absent with concussion. That was down to Jofra Archer’s bowling, taking a blow to the neck. Quick, but how quick will he be on the Headingley surface.

Does Smith’s absence leave a huge hole in the Australian batting line-up? He has scored 142, 144 and 92 in his three innings in the Ashes series – more than a third of Australia’s runs. Is his replacement up to the task.

So, quite a baptism then for Marnus Labuschagne. Another struck by the formidable Archer.

Labuschagne’s 1,114 runs this summer makes him County Cricket’s leading run-scorer by a distance. He’s the main reason Glamorgan are challenging for promotion from Division Two. No mug then!

Jason Roy, who has yet to make his role at the top of the order his own, is certainly due some runs. The 29-year-old opener was struck on the head during net practice on Tuesday but passed a concussion test yesterday and will be keen to impress.

Struggling Australian opener David Warner, who averages close to fifty in Test cricket but is currently going through a lean spell, was first off the team bus this morning and darted for the dressing rooms, perhaps in a bid to avoid the Yorkshire banter that awaited him.

He’s not the only one struggling for runs. Root is too! No3. Or no4? Even tweaking his technique midway through the last Test. His opposite number Tim Paine has only mustered 66 runs in the series.

There’s one thing for sure, we have seen some unbelievable Test cricket so far, but there could be an incredible last month of the Ashes to come, starting with today!

Enjoy the game.

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