Buttler strikes back against Australia after England collapse

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JOS BUTTLER admitted it was refreshing to throw the shackles off with a swashbuckling innings which kept the fifth Ashes Test in the balance last night.

Jack Leach was bowled by Mitchell Marsh in the following over, with the recalled all-rounder returning figures of 5-46.

"I've found batting tough all summer in this series so it was nice in the end to take the shackles off and try to have some fun".

LONDON: David Warner was again dismissed for single figures as England paceman Jofra Archer made early inroads into Australia´s batting line-up in the fifth Ashes Test on Friday.

Tim Paine´s Australia will fancy their chances of building a substantial first-innings lead as they seek their first series win in England since 2001. "It could have been better but we'd definitely take eight for 270 on that".

Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and put the home side in under grey skies.

The skipper was dropped three times but failed to make the most of his lucky escapes, comprehensively bowled for 57 by Cummins shortly after tea. It was his first Test half-century of the summer and helped keep England's hopes of salvaging a 2-2 draw alive.

Smith and Labuschagne put on 69 for the third wicket after Warner was out caught behind on review and a squared-up Harris edged to slip to leave the tourists 14-2.

"Root and Burns had put on almost an 80-run partnership and the wicket had flattened out".

The 27-year-old continued his middle order demolition job when he set Jonny Bairstow up beautifully, bowling outswinger after outswinger to the right-hander before surprising him with a yorker-length inswinger that had him plumb LBW for 22.

Next up was Sam Curran, who was caught by Steve Smith at second slip swishing at a wide ball then Marsh picked up wicket No. 4 when another in-ducker hit Chris Woakes on the pad right in front of his stumps for two.

Australia has already retained the urn after winning the fourth test at Old Trafford last week to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

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