England vs Australia 5th Ashes Test Day 2: Archer spearheads England’s fightback with six-wicket haul

Jofra Archer six wickets England Australia 5th Ashes Test Day 2 The Oval cricket

Jofra Archer finished with figures of 6-62 off 23.5 overs

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Jofra Archer spearheaded England’s fightback on the second day at The Oval as he carved through Australia’s batting line-up with a six-wicket haul.

Starting off the day on 271/8, England added 23 runs to their overnight score before Jos Buttler was clean bowled by Pat Cummins for 70, which came off 98 balls and included seven boundaries and three sixes.

England ended up being bowled out for 294 when Jack Leach was cleaned up by Mitchell Marsh for 21.

Marsh was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Cummins snapped up three and Josh Hazlewood chipped in with two.

Trailing by 294 runs, Australia got off to an awful start as David Warner was caught behind off the bowling of Archer for five runs.

Marcus Harris was caught by Ben Stokes at second slip off the bowling of Archer after scoring three runs.

Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne stabilised the innings with a 69-run partnership before Labuschagne was trapped lbw off the bowling of Archer for 48.

Matthew Wade fell for 19 as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Sam Curran.

Archer proceeded to take out Marsh for 17, while Curran sent captain Tim Paine and Cummins packing in successive deliveries.

Smith went on to score 80, which came off 145 balls and included nine boundaries and a six, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Chris Woakes.

Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle added 37 runs to the score before Lyon was clean bowled by Archer for 25.

Australia were eventually bowled out for 225 four balls later, which gave England a 69-run lead, when Siddle was caught by Rory Burns at gully off the bowling of Archer.

Archer was the most successful bowler with six wickets, while Curran took three and Woakes claimed one.

With a 69-run lead in hand, England scored nine runs off the four overs they faced before stumps was called.

Burns finished on four, which came off 15 balls and included a boundary, while Joe Denly remained undefeated on one.

England ended day two on 9/0 and will continue batting on Saturday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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