England great Michael Vaughan has lambasted his nation’s effort with the bat after falling to Australia for just 67 on Day Two of the Ashes.
The host nation were favoured to bat themselves into a dominant position on Friday, having arrived at Headingley without a metaphorical or literal cloud in the sky after rolling the tourists for 179.
In the space of 24 overs, Joe Root's team lost 10-57 and quite possibly the match and series.
Josh Hazlewood did the bulk of the damage, snaring 5-30 in a masterclass.
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But it was the suffocating dot-ball pressure created by all three quicks that shifted momentum in such incredible fashion, coupled with some unforgivable errors from England's batsmen.
England’s total of 67 was the lowest score against Australia since 1948.
Joe Denly’s score of 12 is the lowest ever high score in an English Test innings.
This prompted Vaughan and others to lambast the performance as “pathetic” as they watched the 28-over massacre.
This has been a pathetic effort ... No hiding behind any excuses ... simply not good enough ... #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 23, 2019
A DVD should be made of how to bowl at Headingley by Australia this morning .... A VHS video tape should be produced of how not to Bat at Headingley by England this morning .... !!! #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 23, 2019
That’s one batting collapse too many. Crucial day thrown away. Bowled out in 27 overs simply isn’t good enough. Will take a miracle for Australia not to retain the Ashes this weekend.— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) August 23, 2019
Hazlewood praises bowling attack
Hazlewood did the bulk of the damage, snaring 5-30 in what was statistically the greatest Ashes performance of his career.
But the big seamer had some kind words for his fellow pace bowlers.
"The way Cummins is bowling is pretty special at the moment ... Jimmy is always at the batsmen, he can take wickets in clumps," Hazlewood said.
"It (this attack) has been in the pipeline for quite a while but never actually happened. That added an element to it.
"It was pretty exciting ... it's quite a good mix."
The luxury of having Mitchell Starc, the fourth member of the so-called 'four pacemen of the apocalypse', on the sidelines is an indicator of just how strong Australia's pace depth is at the moment.
The sight of Pattinson steaming in as a first-changer, introduced into the attack after 14 overs when England had already crumbled to 3-30, was another.
"To see Mitch Starc or Peter Siddle bringing a towel over to you at fine leg, you think 'these guys should be playing' and that is a good thing," Hazlewood said.
"At times you might get a little bit comfortable, a little bit relaxed in there's no-one really knocking the door down.
"Bowl poorly (now), it may be your last game of the series given how good the quicks are on the bench."
Hazlewood backed the workload management policy that might result in him sitting out another Test this series.
The 28-year-old's Headingley haul will rank as one of his career highlights, especially if Australia go on to record their first Ashes series win in England since 2001.
Hazlewood's previous Ashes tour in 2015 started with the greatest of expectations, with the paceman regarded as a Glenn McGrath clone capable of owning the series because he is perfectly suited to English conditions.
But it ended with the right-armer returning home with a leg injury, his form having dipped as his body struggled to deal with the taxing workload.
"I've probably not tried to swing it as much (as in 2015)," Hazlewood said.
"I've just allowed the wicket and the conditions to do the work."