England crumbles to 54-6 in 3rd Ashes test; Warner 4 catches
LEEDS, England (AP) — England crumbled in the face of some brilliant pace bowling and sharp slip-catching from David Warner and was 54-6 at lunch on Day 2 of the third Ashes test on Friday.
Replying to Australia's first-innings total of 179, England also paid for some poor shot selections at Headingley and could be heading for defeat in a test the team cannot afford to lose if it is to keep alive hope of regaining the urn.
Josh Hazlewood has taken 3-26 off his 11 overs and all his wickets came from catches at first slip by Warner, who has an Ashes record-tying four in total this innings. James Pattinson had 2-9 off five overs and the third member of Australia's pace attack, Pat Cummins, took the other wicket.
"This has been a pathetic effort," former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted. "No hiding behind any excuses ... simply not good enough."
Jason Roy's disappointing series continued when he drove at Hazlewood and edged to Warner, who took a low catch to his right, for 9. Roy has 49 from five innings in these Ashes.
That brought England captain Joe Root to the crease and he lasted only two balls — one more than the second innings at Lord's last week in the second test — before he also nicked one from Hazlewood to Warner, departing for a second straight duck.
Rory Burns (9) gloved a delivery down the legside from Cummins to wicketkeeper Tm Paine, Ben Stokes (8) chased after a very wide ball from Pattinson and edged to Warner, and Joe Denly rode his luck before a painful innings of 12 ended when he also nicked Pattinson to Paine.
Denly is the only batsman to have reached double figures.
It was 45-5 at the start of the 21st over and Jonny Bairstow (4) fell an over later, Warner again taking the catch from Hazlewood.
Jos Buttler (4) and Chris Woakes (5) were in the middle at lunch, and had pushed England past 50 — to muted applause inside Headingley.
Australia, which holds the Ashes urn, leads the five-match series 1-0.
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