2015 Investec Ashes Series | 2nd Test | England v Australia | Day 3 | From Lord’s

2015 Investec Ashes Series | 2nd Test | England v Australia | Day 3 | From Lord’s

2015 Investec Ashes Series | 2nd Test
England v Australia
STUMPS – Day 2
From Lord’s
England lead the Series 1-0
Australia won the toss, elected to Bat first.
Australia 8/566 declared & 0/108 (26)
England 312 (90.1)
Chris Rogers 44* (72) | David Warner 60* (84)
Australia leads by 362 runs
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G’day everybody… Welcome to our coverage of the third day of the 2nd Ashes Test Match between England and Australia from here at Lord’s.

England started the days play at 4/85, trailing by 481 runs… and the first session went their way, you’d have to say.
Australia only took one wicket in the morning session, and that was Ben Stokes, who chopped a Mitchell Marsh delivery back onto his stumps, to be out for 87 – which is usually the unlucky number for Australians!

That worked to the Australians advantage, as Stokes was the aggressor in his partnership with Captain Cook.

Buttler joined Cook, and they safely negotiated the final few overs of the session.

Soon after Lunch, Buttler was dismissed by Nathan Lyon, but not without controversy… He walked before the Umpires finger went up, which has reignited the debate on walking in the game of cricket.

In my opinion, terrific sportsmanship from Buttler, but everyone will have their own view on that!
The England wicket-keeper was dismissed for 13, and England were 6/210.

Cook was the next to go, in a very similar fashion to how Ben Stokes was dismissed… he chopped it on to his stumps, off the bowling of Mitchell Marsh, to be out for 96 off 233 balls… his strike rate was poor, and he’ll be disappointed to be out in that fashion, so close to three figures. With that, England were 7 for 266.

Moeen Ali went soon after. He and Cook put on a 56-run partnership for the 7th wicket, and then Ali was dismissed, LBW off the bowling of Hazlewood, for 39, at 8/294.

The last two wickets came soon after, with Wood being clean bowled by Hazlewood, and Broad going after one from Mitchell Johnson, only to find the hands of Shaun Marsh, while trying to score quick runs at the end of the innings.

England all out for 312, and a deficit of 254. Michael Clarke chose not to enforce the follow-on, and therefore David Warner and Chris Rogers would soon be heading out to bat.

Good bowling performance from Australia… three each for Johnson and Hazlewood, and two for Mitchell Marsh, which will make life difficult for Shane Watson, who’s trying to get back in the team, after being dropped for the 2nd Test.

Let’s have a look at the card:
England | 1st Innings | 312 (90.1) | Run-rate: 3.46/over
Lyth | c Nevill, b Starc | 0 (2) | FOW 1/0 (0.2)
Ballance | b Johnson | 23 (31) | FOW 2/28 (8.3)
Bell | b Hazlewood | 1 (2) | FOW 3/29 (9.1)
Root | c Nevill, b Johnson | 1 (4) | FOW 4/30 (10.3)
Stokes | b Marsh | 87 (128) | FOW 5/175 (54.1)
Buttler | c Nevill, b Lyon | 13 (26) | FOW 6/210 (65.1)
Cook | b Marsh | 96 (233) | FOW 7/266 (78.2)
Ali | LBW, b Hazlewood | 39 (57) | FOW 8/294 (85.4)
Wood | b Hazlewood | 4 (7) | FOW 9/306 (87.5)
Broad | c (SUB) Marsh, b Johnson | 21 (45) | FOW 10/312 (90.1)
Anderson | not out | 6 (7)

Australian Bowling
Mitchell Starc | 1/86 (22)
Josh Hazlewood | 3/68 (22)
Mitchell Johnson | 3/53 (20.1)
Nathan Lyon | 1/53 (16)
Mitchell Marsh | 2/23 (8)
Steven Smith | 0/9 (2)

Australia commenced the second innings with a lead of 254, and ended no wickets down, with a lead of 362.
Warner and Rogers batted superbly through the final 26 overs of play, to be 0/108 at stumps.
Warner’s got himself to 60, and Rogers has 44. Warner was dropped on 0, before working his way to his first half-century of the series, and it’s, so far, his best score as well… he’ll be hoping to crack three figures tonight.
Rogers has continued his exceptional start to the tour… already over 200 runs for the match, and he has the rare chance to score two centuries in one match at Lord’s if he can get to 100 tonight.
The run-rate was exceptional, at 4.15, and now Australia are in the best possible position to level the series.

England Bowling
James Anderson | 0/21 (4)
Stuart Broad | 0/10 (4)
Moeen Ali | 0/21 (7)
Mark Wood | 0/23 (6)
Ben Stokes | 0/20 (3)
Joe Root | 0/9 (2)

Australia have got six sessions to set England a target and then take 10 wickets… easier said than done, but they have the momentum in this match, there’s no doubt about that.
Expect Australia to put England in just before Tea, or straight after.

We’ve got a great couple of days ahead of us… catch it from 7:30pm AEST on GEM.

Have a great day. Bye for now!

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