After losing to England in a close encounter at Trent Bridge, one would have expected the Aussies to bounce back strongly in the second Test at Lord’s, but it was not to be. The visitors were humbled by England who won by 347 runs to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the 5-match Test series. The home side were well in control of the game barring a few hiccups, and have now left the Australian think-tank with a lot to ponder.
There was no surprise as England fielded an unchanged side from the first Test. Australia on the other hand made a couple of changes, bringing in Usman Khawaja in place of Ed Cowan and quick bowler Ryan Harris to replace Mitchell Stark, and the burly fast bowler ended up picking 5 wickets in England’s first innings. England were first to bat and had a shaky start losing early wickets. It was then down to the Warwickshire duo of Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell to consolidate and build a partnership, the latter went on to score his second century in consecutive Tests. The innings ended with a flurry of runs as Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann put together a handy 10th wicket partnership (last wicket partnerships being the trend in this series so far) to take the score to 361. Australia then came out to bat and failed miserably as a Swann inspired England side bundled out their opponents for a meagre 128 runs. England captain Alastair Cook decided against imposing the follow-on and chose to bat again, looking to build on an already healthy lead. Once again, England got off to a poor start losing three early wickets and ended the day with Joe Root and Tim Bresnan at the crease. The match was being played at a brisk pace, the first innings was over and we were three wickets into the second, and it was only the end of Day 2.
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