Published On: Fri, Aug 16th, 2019

Jofra Archer claims first Test wicket as England dominate Australia at Lord’s

The England fast bowler took five overs to land a first victim – a decision confirmed after the batsman challenged a tight lbw call.

But his intervention prompted a run of three wickets for 11 runs as Australia slumped to 71-4 in reply to England’s first innings total of 258.

The wicket of Steve Smith eluded them as Australia recovered slightly to go in at lunch on 80-4 – the former captain on 13 and Matthew Wade yet to score.

And the latter successfully overturned an out decision for lbw decision against Ben Stokes just before lunch, replays showing the ball pitching outside leg.

Stuart Broad was a threat from the off and his Chris Woakes beat the bat several times.

After Archer sent Bancroft packing in the 23rd over of the innings both senior men came to the party, Woakes enticing Usman Khawaja into a lazy-looking drive in the next over to leave them 60-3

Broad then pinned Travis Head plumb in front despite umpire Aleem Dar having to overturn his not out decision when Joe Root reviewed.

Replays showed the ball to be hitting three quarters of the way up middle stump – a second poor decision of the morning from the men in the middle after a good day for them yesterday.

Rain brought an end to proceedings three minutes short of the scheduled lunch break and looks set to cause significant disruption this afternoon.

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