Archer strikes again before rain thwarts England in Ashes

LEEDS, England (AP) — England paceman Jofra Archer removed recalled opener Marcus Harris just before rain returned at Headingley, prompting an early lunch to be taken with Australia on 12-1 after four overs of the third Ashes test.

Play on the opening day began 70 minutes after its scheduled start time because of drizzle in the morning, and more rain was expected on Thursday.

Archer, English cricket's newest sensation, kept up the stunning start to his test career by getting an edge off Harris from the final ball of his second over, with wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow taking the catch. Harris, brought in for Cameron Bancroft, departed for 8 and the teams followed him back to the pavilion as a shower came.

Playing in his second test, Archer had roughed up Harris a ball earlier with a short-pitched delivery that hit the opener in the midriff.

At the other end, fellow quick Stuart Broad was giving David Warner a tough time, the out-of-form left-hander repeatedly playing and missing. Warner was yet to get off the mark from 12 balls as he looked to reach double figures for the first time this series.

England captain Joe Root won the delayed toss and chose to bowl first under cloudy skies, hoping to exploit the early conditions.

England, trailing 1-0 in the five-match series, was unchanged but tinkered with its batting lineup by playing Ben Stokes at No. 5, lifting Bairstow to No. 6 and dropping Jos Buttler to No. 7.

Australia paceman James Pattinson returned in place of Peter Siddle while Marnus Labuschagne came in for Steve Smith, who was diagnosed with delayed-onset concussion after being hit in the neck by a delivery from Archer during the second test at Lord's.


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