Two wickets in quick succession as Ben Stokes gets Matthew Wade caught behind by Jonny Bairstow. In the very next over, Stuart Broad gets rid of Australian captain Tim Paine in a moment of slight controversy. Given out lbw on the field, Paine reviewed the decision and an inside edge was picked up by ultra edge. However, Joe Denly had caught the ball directly off the pad, and Paine had to go. Labuschange has just passed 50, but finds himself stranded with the bowlers. Australia 168 for 6.


Wicket! Woakes tempts Khawaja into a drive outside off stump, and the left-hander can only find the edge of the bat, gifting a sharp chance to Jason Roy at third slip. The Australian number three falls for 23, and the score is 52 for 3 with Travis Head striding out to the crease.


Wicket! Jack Leach comes on to bowl his first over in the match, and claims a wicket with his very first delivery. Bowling to left-handed opener Marcus Harris, Leach pitches it in the rough outside off stump, and turns it through bat and pad, bowling the Australian. The score is now 40 for 2, a lead of 152 for Australia.


Warner gone! Stuart Broad, who has caused a lot of problems for the opener throughout the series, nips one back from around the wicket, striking the Australian on the pad. The umpire raised his finger, and despite a review, Warner had to go.


ALL OUT Leach gone for one! Hazlewood gets his five-for.
He tried but failed to flick it away but is bowled around his pads. England all out for 67, having lasted just 27.5 overs.

Could the Ashes be heading back to Australia?

The fourth time in 18 months England have been bowled out for under 100. England are dismissed for their lowest score against Australia since 1948.

Joe Denly the only man to reach double figures with 12.


Wade drops Leach at short leg, diving to his left. Yet another short ball into his ribs, but Wade who made up good ground can’t hang on.


WICKET – Archer ducks a bouncer from Cummins and it clips his bat on way through.

Umpire Gaffaney’s finger goes up, but he’s reviewed it with a shake of the head. It’s good though, very clearly out.

England 66-9 with Leach and Broad in the middle. Hazlewood and Cummins doing all sorts of damage.


Ironic cheers around Emerald Headingley. Broad with a neat leg glance for four runs and then Archer makes some room and pulls a short one from Cummins for four more.


WICKET – Australia has bowled terrific lines and lengths this morning. Buttler gone for 5 off 16! Buttler fancies the drive off Hazelwood, but it’s uppish and straight to Khawaja, perfectly positioned by Paine, at short extra-cover.

England 56-8 and looking like they’ll have the ball in hand very, very shortly.


WICKET – In the first over after lunch! Cummins rushes in and sends one down Woakes’ legside. Oh no! He’s gloved it. He’s been strangled on leg side with a ball that felt very much like a loosener after lunch. Another needless wicket.

They’re having a look at the front foot, but it’s good and it’s OUT. A very small part of the back of his boot is behind the line.

England 54-7. England in real trouble here. Expect some short stuff for Archer, the new man in. It seems more like England are giving wickets away than the Aussie pace attack are taking.


Lunch! Not the morning the Three Lions were hoping for having lost six wickets for just 54 runs. A combination of some poor shot selection, and a few good deliveries, has pumped the pressure on England’s lower order who must now score heavily to push their side towards first-innings parity. The Australian bowlers have bowled well this morning, maintaining discipline in their lines and lengths, but will be delighted at the reward they have had. The post-lunch session looks pivotal for the result of this game, and in turn, the Ashes.


Bairstow gone. The Yorkshire wicket-keeper batsman edges a delivery to Warner at slip, who takes his fourth catch of the morning. England now 49 for 6 with Chris Woakes the new man to the crease.


Wicket! Denly goes caught behind driving at a full-length delivery from James Pattinson. The ball appeared to shape away slightly, but the right-hander will be disappointed with his shot.

Conditions at Emerald Headingley could be described as ‘almost perfect’, with the sun beating down on the hallowed turf, but some loose shots from England’s top order has seen them reduced to 45 for 5. Jos Buttler is the new man to the crease.


Stokes gone for 8. Chasing a wide one from James Pattinson, which he would hardly reach it, down on one knee. He swipes at a wide, full delivery and it races through to Warner at first slip. He’s caught three already this morning. Another poor shot. England still 145 runs behind.

We’re getting into the middle order now and England need somebody to stand up. Denly 6* and Bairstow 0*

England 34-3

This doesn’t make good reading for England…

11:46am – Burns beaten once more by Cummins who bowls a lovely maiden over. This is quick. England 19-2 and struggling to find runs.

11:53am – WICKET – Australia have bowled very nicely here and they get their reward. Cummins with short quick one, Burns goes after it, but the short ball does him again. He has a nibble at it down the leg side and Cummins gets his man. More high class bowling, but a big batting error there. England are gifting Australia wickets here, can Ben Stokes repair the damage once again? Runs down the order require, yet again! Cummins then completes his wicket maiden.

Six overs, four maidens, one wicket for 10 runs.

The Aussie fans will be enjoying this after what happened yesterday. England 20-3.

The pitch, that we always knew was dry underneath, seems a lot quicker today, with the Aussie bowlers finding a little more carry.

A few words from Yorkshire legend Dickie Bird…

On England’s pace-ace Jofra Archer

“To win Test matches, you’ve got to have pace. Archer’s got pace and I’d have had him in for the first Test because of that. He was a different bowler yesterday though, he didn’t need to bowl as quick. He let the conditions do it for him, it swung, it seamed and he had success. He got six-for and bowled magnificently.

“The quickest bowler I have ever seen played in my era, Frank ‘Typhoon’ Tyson. He won the Ashes on his own, and he was quicker than Archer, but he’s quick. Archer has got everything though, as we saw yesterday. He’s got age on his side, so therefore he could be another Dennis Lillee, who I though was the greatest fast-bowler who ever lived. The crowds have took to him too.”

On Australia’s batting line-up without Steve Smith

“Steve Smith’s a great player. It would have been tremendous for the Yorkshire public and they would have all liked to see him bat. Australia have certainly missed him in their middle order, because I think he’d have played well here. I’d say they’ve got a fight on their hands without him.”

On the return of Ashes cricket to Emerald Headingley

“It’s been tremendous. This new stand has made it one of the best cricket grounds in the world. The atmosphere in the ground yesterday, and that you’ll see today, packed to capacity, is remarkable.”

11:29am – Denly given! The England number four is wrapped on the pads by Hazelwood and, after some deliberation, umpire Joel Wilson raises his finger. A decision review from Denly leads to an England reprieve, as the ball would have gone over the stumps… NOT OUT.

11:25am – Root gone! The England captain falls for zero, nicking a good ball from Hazlewood to Warner at first slip. England in trouble at 10 for 2.

11:17am – Roy gone! The England-openers frailties have been exposed once again at Emerald Headingley, as Hazlewood finds the edge of the batsmen who was playing an expansive drive. David Warner completes the catch.

The crowd stand as England captain, and home-ground favourite Joe Root strides to the crease. The Yorkshireman is greeted by the usual chant… Rooooooooooot!

11:14am – England have survived the opening three overs of the day unscathed despite some testing bowling from Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Jason Roy hit the Three Lions first boundary in the opening over, with the ball going off the outside half of the bat to the third man over. In the fourth over, Roy punches the ball away to the cover boundary off the tall paceman Hazlewood, an exquisite shot.

09:10am – Updated hours of play for day two of the Ashes at Emerald Headingley

  • First session: 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Second session: 1:40 – 4:10pm
  • Final session: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

98 overs scheduled in the day

09:04am – Jofra Archer in Test cricket so far…

  • 3 innings
  • 61.1 overs
  • 16 maidens
  • 11 wickets
  • 12.36 average

08:46am – Watch match highlights from Day 1 at Headingley, as England take on Australia in the 2019 Ashes.

08:24am –

Welcome to Day 2

Super Jofra Archer…

6-45 from 17.1 overs as Australia scraped to 179 all out in gloomy Headingley conditions.

Marnus Labuschagne (74) and David Warner (61), who rode his luck and then battled hard, provided some resistance with gritty batting performances, but ultimately there was only going to be one outcome. Australia lost their last eight wickets for just 43 runs.

The 24-year-old, Barbados-born, England quick, Archer, only made his international debut 111 days ago.

The buzz as he removed his jumper and cap to bowl was a reception like no other. Rapturous and expectant. And he hadn’t even bowled a ball.

After his World Cup super over and heroics at Lord’s last week, could he live up to expectations? Done! Easy, as so much of his rise to prominence has been. He seemingly takes everything in his stride and is yet to fail to deliver.

He possesses a relaxed temperament, completely juxtaposed to his destructive, aggressive and lightning quick bowling style.

He is already box office. His first five-wicket haul in Test cricket came at Emerald Headingley and his name will be forever etched on the Long Room’s Honours Boards. A fans’ favourite. His name sung throughout.

Captain Root intimated that England must seize control with prolific run-scorer Steve Smith absent with concussion, the man responsible for scoring more than a third of Australia’s runs in this series. And they did just that.

The coin fell kindly, the conditions just about played ball and England’s bowling attack got the job done in a first innings punctuated by rain and light delays.

Now the sun shines and they must bat well. Consistency is what they strive for, but a destination they have yet to arrive at. The series will undoubtedly hinge on the top four’s ability to bat well and bat long, so will Headingley be the place where it finally clicks, the complete performance is delivered and the series is levelled.

08:03am – Who’s coming to Emerald Headingley for Day 2 of the Ashes?

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