Cricket fans were left fuming midway through the opening day of the third Ashes Test when the dreadful English weather sparked farcical scenes.
Pesky rain saw the start of the Test at Headingley delayed by an hour, and there was minimal play before more rain forced an early lunch break.
But even when the rain stopped, it was so dark that umpires decided they couldn’t restart play, despite it being the middle of the day.
Despite the floodlights being on, players were forced back to the pavilion as the frustrated crowd rained boos down onto the field.
It meant just 19 overs were bowled in the first five hours after play was supposed to start.
Fans took to social media to vent, believing the light was more than adequate and labelling the scenes a ‘joke’ and ‘embarrassment’.
Killing cricket, ridiculous decision.— Dave Brent (@brent_dave) August 22, 2019
this is an embarrassment, they could have played a lot more than they have today - people have paid a lot to attend / take time off work. It puts a dampener on the whole occasion and the sport in general— D Galla (@mellowerdan) August 22, 2019
This is an absolute joke. £100 a ticket to have these jokers running the game.— Sam Ryder (@Idioteque1988) August 22, 2019
The sooner cricket achieves a universally accepted pink ball for Test cricket the better. Have floodlights, must be able to use them. Won’t please many, but this is meant to be an entertainment sport, whether day, or day/night Test #Ashes @bbctms @Channel5Sport #engvaus— AlisonMitchell (@AlisonMitchell) August 22, 2019
Cricket is first-and-foremost, a form of entertainment. Ashes tickets are not cheap. People take days off to go. And umpires are being instructed by the ICC to take players off for bad light. How about, use a brighter ball? Change conditions? #TheShowMustGoOn #Ashes #EngVAus— Jack Mendel 🏏🗞️ (@Mendelpol) August 22, 2019
Cricket should never stop under floodlights.....spectacular own goal for the game— Paul Newman 🌈 (@Paul_NewmanDM) August 22, 2019
Absolute joke at Headingley. Cricket does not help itself at moments like this. What the hell are the umpires playing at? If that's the barometer for bad light this Test we might as well pack up and move on to Manchester— Chris Stocks (@StocksC_cricket) August 22, 2019
The weather has been at its worst all throughout Australia’s tour of England.
The first and third days of the second Test at Lord’s were ruined, leading to the draw that saw Australia maintain their 1-0 lead.
It also left fans fuming during the preceding World Cup, with an unprecedented three games being abandoned without a ball being bowled.
On Thursday night, some fans went as far as to say England should be barred from hosting major cricket events.
England should be banned from hosting cricket— Anthony Geurts (@AnthonyGeurts1) August 22, 2019
England should be banned from letting any cricket game hosting. The rain just pees over the country every time any game happens!!!.. First World Cup and then this ashes..!!! https://t.co/exJvb1kon9— Abhilash Nandurkar (@AbhilashNandur1) August 22, 2019
Yay English summer! Ruining cricket since forever.— StuB (@be4de1f0363547d) August 22, 2019
Jofra Archer sparks horrendous Aussie collapse
David Warner likened Jofra Archer to recently-retired speed demon Dale Steyn after the express paceman snared six wickets, creating chaos as Australia lost 8-43 to be rolled for 179.
Warner and Marnus Labuschagne passed 50 but their teammates had no answers as Archer grabbed 6-45, celebrating his maiden five-wicket haul for England.
Archer backed up his remarkable Test debut in style, even timing the dismissal of Nathan Lyon to perfection so that stumps were pulled and England's openers didn't have any awkward overs to face on Thursday.
A watchful Warner overcame a tortured start to score 61, having been invited to bat first under overcast skies but also immense pressure sparked by early-series struggles and the absence of Steve Smith.
Labuschagne, who proved his match-saving 59 in the Lord's draw as a concussion substitute for Smith was no flash in the pan, weathered an eye-watering blow to the box before falling on 74 to a full toss from Ben Stokes.
Warner and Labuschagne shared a 111-run stand, frustrating Joe Root with the help of some sloppy fielding plus delays prompted by bad light and light rain at Headingley.
But, as is so often the case in England, one wicket quickly brought more in a collapse of 3-3 that spanned 15 balls.
Tim Paine, the only other batsman to reach double figures outside Warner and Labuschagne, steadied temporarily but Archer returned to the attack to fire out three tailenders in a collapse of 5-17 that ended the day and innings.
Archer first swung momentum with a pinpoint delivery that Warner, who helped Australia recover from 2-25, edged to keeper Jonny Bairstow.
Travis Head and Matthew Wade were bowled for ducks in consecutive overs, with the latter out when an Archer delivery struck the thigh pad then rolled onto the stumps.