Australia in strong position to retain Ashes in 3rd test

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne is struck on the helmet by a ball from England's Jofra Archer

Australia's Marnus Labuschagne is struck on the helmet by a ball from England's Jofra Archer

Holding said he was anxious about Archer's heavy workload in the second Test, and the short interval between that and the present third Test, which were only three days.

Though Australia were without the services of their prime Test batsman Steve Smith, the Australian bowlers and especially Josh Hazelwood made light work of the England batting line-up.

Joe Denly, with 12, was the only batsman in the innings to reach double figures with England captain Joe Root out for his second successive duck.

Archer said: "I don't need to run in and bowl 90mph every spell to get wickets. It's shown that today", ICC quoted Archer as saying.

Smith left the field following the blow in the second Test and though he returned to complete his innings later, he displayed concussion symptoms on the Sunday and was unable to bat second time around.

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"I'm over the moon to get six wickets".

Earlier, England were looking take advantage of good conditions to surpass Australia's first innings score of 179.

"Actually I was early but there was a one-way street so I ended having to park in the vehicle park behind the rugby field", Archer said.

"I thought Marnus was outstanding with his discipline".

There is already a tangible hum around the ground whenever Archer is close to the action and when he gets the ball in his hand the decibel-level soars.

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With Harris and Khawaja falling cheaply and early after catches behind off deliveries by Archer and Stuart Broad respectively, Warner and Labuschagne revived the innings with a third-wicket stand of 111.

Smith, whose Test average of 63.24 is exceeded only by all-time great Donald Bradman, marked his return to Test duty after a 12-month ball-tampering ban with innings of 144 and 142 in Australia's 251-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston before making 92 at Lord's. Archer, nevertheless, turned the tide by having Warner caught behind off a 90 miles per hour supply. Australia now leads England by 283 runs with four wickets and three days of play still remaining.

He had to undergo two concussion tests out in the middle after twice being hit on the helmet by England bowlers.

"It's a bit like how Dale Steyn was with the new ball, try to just use the conditions and then ramp it up when they need to".

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