Ashes 2019: England capitulate as Australia dismiss them for 67



England is facing up to the possibility of failing to win a home Ashes series for the first time since 2001 after an embarrassing display Friday saw the home team dismissed for 67 in Leeds.

Joe Root’s team was skittled inside 28 overs on day two for its lowest Test total at Headingley and its lowest against Australia since 1948, to leave England with a first-innings deficit of 112.

With Australia needing to win only one of the remaining three Tests to retain the urn, England faces a mammoth task to save the series, despite dismissing the visitors for 179 on Thursday.

Glorious batting conditions greeted Rory Burns and Jason Roy when they arrived at the crease Friday, but it was Josh Hazlewood (5-30) who shone in the sun instead.

David Warner took four catches at first slip, including ones from Roy – out driving outside off – and Root, who made back-to-back ducks for the first time in his Test career, raising further debate about his position at No. 3.

Burns gloved a short delivery from Pat Cummins (3-23) behind before Ben Stokes foolishly went chasing a wide one from James Pattinson (2-9), who also accounted for Joe Denly – his 12 proving to be the only double-figures score of a dismal innings.

Jonny Bairstow perished when dangling his bat outside off to leave England 54-6 at lunch, and its misery was soon complete as it lost its final four wickets in 23 balls upon the resumption.

Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Jack Leach were the men to go, Hazlewood bowling the latter to give him a five-for and Australia the upper hand.

Warner was unable to match his slip-catching exploits with the bat as went for a duck, falling to Stuart Broad once again, before the visitors progressed to 26-1 – a lead of 138.





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