Ben Stokes and Harry Brook will goal to assist England right into a first-innings lead on the third morning of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.
England punched again on an absorbing day two, with Australia shedding their final seven wickets for 100 runs as they collapsed from 339 for 5 in a single day to 416 all out.
Steve Smith nonetheless introduced up his twelfth Ashes century, however the hosts rapidly set about consuming into the deficit and Ben Duckett led the cost with a fantastic 98.
Australia’s tactic of bowling brief produced a gripping last session and accounted for Duckett, Ollie Pope and Joe Root.
However Stokes calmed the storm with a mature unbeaten 17 from 57 balls and can hope to push England on from 278 for 4 alongside Brook (45no).
View from the dressing room
Comparisons to 2005 you say?
Nathan Lyon’s calf damage could not simply be match-defining, however might have a major say on who wins the sequence.
In his a centesimal consecutive Test, Lyon raced in from the boundary rope to attempt to catch Duckett’s lofted pull shot within the thirty seventh over of England’s innings, however halted his stride. He instantly felt the again of his proper calf and needed to be helped off by a member of Australia’s medical crew.
Lyon limped again to the pavilion and there are fears about his future involvement in the remaining of the Ashes.
It introduced again reminiscences of Glenn McGrath’s busted ankle on the eve of the second Test within the 2005 sequence.
Harry hanging excessive
Brook was one of a number of England batters to stroll into the face of a barrage of short-pitch bowling throughout an entertaining night session on day two.
Runs adopted, however so did wickets with Duckett, Pope and Root all selecting out fielders on the boundary rope.
It sparked debate over whether or not a extra conservative method must be taken, particularly given the additional load now anticipated of the Aussie seamers in Lyon’s anticipated absence.
Brook saved up the aggressive ‘Bazball’ mantra and loved one life when Marnus Labuschagne put down a pointy probability, however Stokes was surprisingly extra measured.
It was the sort of captain’s knock England wanted to make sure they didn’t lose their momentum.
Smith loves Lord’s and England!
- Australia’s Don Bradman – 19 in opposition to England
- India’s Sunil Gavaskar – 13 in opposition to West Indies
- Australia’s Steve Smith – 12 in opposition to England
- England’s Jack Hobbs – 12 in opposition to Australia
- India’s Sachin Tendulkar – 11 in opposition to Australia
Smith produced one other very good Ashes innings of 110 and reached three figures with a beautiful cowl drive. Information tumble when the idiosyncrasies of the Test nice are on show on the crease.
This effort was not solely his second century at Lord’s, after hitting 215 within the 2015 sequence, but in addition the eighth time he has scored a Test hundred in England. His tally of 12 in Ashes Assessments has moved him as much as joint-third on the checklist of most centuries in opposition to one crew.
However Don Bradman’s mark of 19 a whole lot in opposition to England stays a little bit out of attain although.
Creepy crunches one other
Smith had a pair of contenders for shot of the day however Zak ‘Creepy’ Crawley deserves the honour for his luxurious drive straight after lunch.
It was not punched away like his first ball at Edgbaston, however was performed with the pleasing sight of a straight bat and helped the Kent batter make 48.
Nevertheless, fellow opener Duckett stole the present with arguably his greatest Test innings for England.
There could be no crowning century, after he pulled Josh Hazlewood to David Warner at fantastic leg on 98, however his array of sq. drives and cuts backed up his want to repeatedly get bat on ball.
Dwelling of cricket turns crimson for Ruth
It was one other massively profitable ‘Pink for Ruth’ Day with greater than £400,000 raised for the Ruth Strauss Basis. Ex-England opener Strauss arrange the charity in reminiscence of his spouse Ruth, who died in 2018 from a non-smoking lung most cancers.
The muse helps hundreds of households that take care of the influence of a terminal most cancers analysis. Extra funds can be raised with objects to be donated, together with the match-worn garments of each England and Australia.
Strauss and his sons Sam and Luca rang the bell earlier than day two and witnessed a Lord’s coated in crimson.
“A tricky day, an emotional day and an exquisite day,” Strauss mirrored. “It’s nice to have my boys with me to see the whole lot Ruth stood for. It helps to know we’re serving to so many households.”