Australia’s bowlers have blasted through the England batsmen in the third Test at Headingly, with the hosts all out in their first innings for 67.
With Josh Hazlewood in brilliant form taking five wickets Australia took a stranglehold on the Test and the series, notching a 112-run lead after the first innings.
England was all out after only 27.5 overs, its lowest score in a Test since 1948.
Jason Roy’s Ashes series woes continued with the under-fire England opener failing once more against the new ball.
In sunny conditions, perfect for batting in Leeds, Roy departed for nine nicking off Hazlewood to David Warner in the slips.
It was the explosive one-day international’s third successive single digit score after falling for a duck and two at Lord’s in the second Test raising questions once more about his suitability to open the batting.
These doubts were reinforced by England coach Trevor Bayliss this week who admitted Roy would be better as a middle order batsman.
The right-hander has also scored 10 and 28 at Edgbaston and four of his five dismissals have come from the edge of his bat.
Roy scored two early boundaries and couldn’t help himself when Hazlewood floated one up just outside his off stump and Warner, who put two catches down at Lord’s, took a regulation effort at first slip.
It brought England skipper Joe Root to the crease on his home ground, but his stay at the crease was short-lived as he chalked up his second duck in as many innings.
Root fell to the first golden duck of his career at Lord’s last week when he was dismissed by Pat Cummins and he departed second ball after Hazlewood produced a perfect delivery that caught the edge and Warner took a his second catch of the day.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed his most success batting at four but has reluctantly been promoted to three for this series, but has only one half-century to show for his efforts.
It was the sixth time Hazlewood has dismissed Root, the most by any bowler in Test cricket.
Hazlewood thought he had a third wicket when Joe Denly was given out lbw by Joel Wilson, but the subsequent review showed the ball would have gone over the stumps and he was reprieved.
Cummins then ensured Australia took the honours in the opening hour of the day when he reduced England to 3-20 as Rory Burns tried to pull a short ball but only succeeded in feathering a touch to Tim Paine behind the stumps.
Matters got worse for the hosts in James Pattinson’s first over when Ben Stokes, a centurion at Lord’s, played at an awful delivery that was wide of the crease and Warner pouched his third catch of the day.