August 23, 2019 / 3:23 PM / a month ago

Cricket-Australia in command after blowing England away in first innings

LEEDS, England, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Australia are closing in on the victory that will see them retain the Ashes after opening up a 194-run lead over England on day two of the third test at Headingley, in command at tea on 82-3 in their second innings.

The tourists, who lead the five-match series 1-0, rattled through England to bowl the hosts out for just 67 in their first innings — their lowest test innings total against Australia since 1948 — in less than 28 overs.

Australia opener David Warner failed to continue where he left off following his first knock of 61 as he was out for a second ball duck to give England early hope, with Marcus Harris following him to the pavilion for 19.

Usman Khawaja looked in good touch until another poor shot saw him caught in the slips for 23. But with such a substantial lead and seven second innings wickets still in hand, Australia’s first series victory in England since 2001 could be drawing closer. (Reporting by Peter Hall Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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