London: David Warner's lean start to the Ashes has continued after Stuart Broad had his number for the third time in three attempts in an electric final hour under lights on the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.
The Home of Cricket was bouncing as fast bowler Jofra Archer made the most anticipated Test debut in years and Australia were assigned the task of seeing out the last 60 minutes of the day with the bat after bowling out England for 258.
Warner lasted only 17 balls for his three before a gem from Broad, steaming in from the Pavilion End around the wicket, beat him through the gate and took the top of the leg bail. Broad had not dismissed Warner once during the 2015 and 2017/18 Ashes but he has now removed him three times in little more than a fortnight. With only 13 runs in total for the series it is far from the comeback to Test cricket the former vice-captain had envisioned.
Warner's opening partner, Cameron Bancroft, was also out cheaply twice in the first Test at Edgbaston but remained unbeaten on five alongside Usman Khawaja (18 not out), with Australia to resume on Friday at 1-30.
A superb Josh Hazlewood (3-58) had earlier rolled through the opposition top order before a fiery exhibition of short-pitched bowling from Pat Cummins (3-61) and Nathan Lyon (3-68), becoming Australia's equal third leading wicket taker of all time alongside Dennis Lillee, took care of the lower half, although not before a spirited half-century from Jonny Bairstow steered Joe Root's team to respectability.
"I think if you look at today I don't think we have had the best day, if I am being brutally honest," Lyon said. "Josh Hazlewood was absolutely exceptional and the spell from Pat Cummins after tea really set the tone for us.
"For our standards I don't think we were good enough for long periods of time. In saying that it's still a good day for Australia, we've won the toss, we've created more than 10 chances, we haven't played catch today, we can get better and that's exciting. We were still able to bowl England out for 258 on a day-one wicket [but] there is still a lot of work to do."
In what was effectively the first morning of the match due to Wednesday's complete washout, Hazlewood made an immediate impact in his first Test since Sydney in the first week of January.
For more than seven months he had waited to play for his country again, through a serious back injury, then the disappointment of being snubbed for World Cup selection, then the unusual scenario of being handed an orange bib and the drinks as 12th man at Edgbaston.
Finally unleashed on Thursday at Lord's as captain Tim Paine won the toss and decided to bowl first, he was intent on making up for lost time and cut a swath through England's top order with exquisite line and length.
Under-pressure opener Jason Roy was cannon fodder, exiting for a third-ball duck after prodding at a ball that seamed away slightly and nicking it to Paine behind the stumps.
In a dynamic opening spell from the Nursery End, Hazlewood then removed captain Joe Root lbw for 14 with a delivery that nipped slightly back up the slope and clattered into the England captain's knee roll.
A third scalp came soon after lunch as Hazlewood got the ball swinging, enticing Joe Denly, on 30, into an edge that also flew to Paine.
Spilled catches from Usman Khawaja and the Australia captain, who put Burns down on 16 and 47 respectively both off the bowling of Peter Siddle, threatened to prove costly. Khawaja in particular would have been relieved when Bancroft made up for the blunders with a spectacular diving grab down low to his left at short leg as Burns, on 53, attempted to fend away a short one from Cummins.
"That catch was pretty special, but I'm not surprised by that catch," Lyon said. "You see the amount of work that he does in there.
"He fields there for me, and he's told me that he wants to catch a full-blooded sweep shot. And I think that's absolutely nuts but it's hats off to him that he does the work and he gets the rewards in a spectacular catch like that."
Siddle would be rewarded for his efforts as England's middle order wobbled, having Jos Buttler (12) caught behind in the first over a new spell in the afternoon before Ben Stokes (13) looked all at sea against Lyon, trapped lbw trying to sweep the off-spinner.
At 6-138 England seemed there for the taking but Bairstow (52) and Chris Woakes (32) kept the hosts' head above water.
Australia employed ruthless tactics to Woakes, who was subjected to a bouncer barrage from Cummins. Three balls after being smacked on the side of the helmet and undergoing a concussion assessment, another bumper took the smallest piece of his glove and once again landed in the gloves of Paine.
Archer got the same treatment, and was soon Cummins' third victim, as did Broad, although he was sent packing by a straight one from Lyon that clattered into his leg stump via the edge of his bat. Lyon then drew level with Lillee as a garbage-time heave from Bairstow ended up in the hands of Khawaja at deep square leg.
Lyon's 355 Test wickets now leave him behind only Shane Warne (708) and Glenn McGrath (563) among Australian bowlers.
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