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Ashes melt down: England collapse to lowest total in 71 years


England posted their lowest Test score against Australia since 1948 as they collapsed to 67 in their first innings against a merciless Aussie pace attack on day two of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

Ashes melt down: England collapse to lowest total in 71 years

 

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In what could be described as the worst batting display by England in modern days, Joe Root and co. marked a single double figure score in the batting line up following losing of six wickets before lunch.

However, the embarrassing collapse of the home team leave Australia with a 112-run lead despite being bundled out for 179 runs in their first innings.

With Josh Hazlewood returned with a fantastic figures of 5-30, England were bowled out inside 28 overs. Joe Denly, with 12, was the only England batsman to score two digits.

After another brilliant Jofra show that crumble Australia a paltry total of 179, jubilant England batsmen stepped into the field under beating Yorkshire sunshine. But soon the ecstasy turned gloomy as Hazlewood claimed opener Jason Roy with 10 runs on the board.

And there was no going back for either Hazlewood or Australia. The hosts tumbled down the ground on and off leaving Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler to survive until lunch. But both fall down within minutes of starting of the second session.

Beside Josh Hazlewood, James Pattison grabbed two and Pat Cummins swept over the rest three.

It was England’s 12th lowest Test innings total of all time.

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