Aussies lose 8-43, rolled for 179 in Leeds

England's Jofra Archer celebrates after taking his 6th wicket, that of Australia's Nathan Lyon, on the first day of the third Ashes Test.
England's Jofra Archer celebrates after taking his 6th wicket, that of Australia's Nathan Lyon, on the first day of the third Ashes Test.

David Warner likened Jofra Archer to recently-retired speed demon Dale Steyn after the express paceman snared six wickets in Leeds, creating chaos as Australia lost 8-43 to be rolled for 179 on a rain-affected opening day of the third Ashes Test.

Warner and Marnus Labuschagne passed 50 but their teammates had no answers as Archer grabbed 6-45, celebrating his maiden five-wicket haul for England.

Archer backed up his remarkable Test debut in style, even timing the dismissal of Nathan Lyon to perfection so that stumps were pulled and England's openers didn't have any awkward overs to face on Thursday.

"It's a bit like how Dale Steyn, with the new ball, tried to just use the conditions then sort of ramp it up when they need to," Warner said.

"That was world-class bowling at its best.

"It's hard to start, especially when you have two world class bowlers (Archer and Stuart Broad) coming on.

Australia's David Warner raises his bat as he reaches 50 runs on the first day of the third Ashes Test.

Australia's David Warner raises his bat as he reaches 50 runs on the first day of the third Ashes Test.

"They had the conditions in their favour but they put the ball in the right spot all the time."

Archer, renowned for his laid-back nature off the field and equally relaxed approach to the bowling crease, cut it fine arriving to the ground in time on Thursday.

"I was early but there was a one-way street, so I ended having to park in the car park behind the rugby field," the 24-year-old said.

"I don't need to bowl a lot of balls in the warm-up. I actually don't think I need to bowl in the warm-up at all.

"It's really flattering (to be compared to Steyn). Dale tweeted a few years ago when I first started for Sussex, it's nice."

A watchful Warner overcame a tortured start to score 61, having been invited to bat first under overcast skies but also immense pressure sparked by early-series struggles and the absence of Steve Smith.

 England's Ben Stokes, centre, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Marnus Labuschagne.

England's Ben Stokes, centre, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Marnus Labuschagne.

Labuschagne, who proved his match-saving 59 in the Lord's draw as a concussion substitute for Smith was no flash in the pan, weathered an eye-watering blow to the box before falling on 74 to a full toss from Ben Stokes.

Warner and Labuschagne shared a 111-run stand, frustrating Joe Root with the help of some sloppy fielding plus delays prompted by bad light and light rain at Headingley.

But, as is so often the case in England, one wicket quickly brought more in a collapse of 3-3 that spanned 15 balls.

Tim Paine, the only other batsman to reach double figures outside Warner and Labuschagne, steadied temporarily but Archer returned to the attack to fire out three tailenders in a collapse of 5-17 that ended the day and innings.

Archer first swung momentum with a pinpoint delivery that Warner, who helped Australia recover from 2-25, edged to keeper Jonny Bairstow.

Travis Head and Matthew Wade were bowled for ducks in consecutive overs, with the latter out when an Archer delivery struck the thigh pad then rolled onto the stumps.

Australian Associated Press