Australia bat themselves back into the 2nd Test today at Lord’s
Australia batted themselves back into the 2nd Test today at Lord’s, mainly thanks to ‘that man’ Steve Smith, who nearly became the only batsman ever to score four consecutive Test centuries in England.
England 258 (Rory Burns 53, Jonny Bairstow 52; Pat Cummins 3-61, Josh Hazlewood 3-58, Nathan Lyon 3-68) and 96-4
Australia 250 (Steve Smith 92: Stuart Broad 4-65)
At the Close - England lead Australia by 104 runs with 6 wickets remaining
A wonderful day of Test cricket saw each side gain the advantage and then lose it again. Jofra Archer got on top of Steve Smith hitting him twice, once on the arm and then on the head and bowled at a scorching pace, throughout his spell, to bring England back into the match.
Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were unbeaten overnight and will look to get England into a match winning position again tomorrow.
This is an unbelievable Test match with all to play for on the final day.
England - Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root(c), Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach
Australia - Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(c)(wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Lord's, London
Officials: Aleem Dar, Christopher Gaffaney, Joel Wilson, Alexander Wharf, Ranjan Madugalle
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