July 20, 2015
Australia won the 2nd Test by a whooping 405 runs inside four days at Lord’s. England were bowled out for 103 within 2 sessions on the 4th day to make the series 1-1. Will England finally attempt to sort out their problems in the top order?
Australia were totally dominate in this Test match. With Steven Smith becoming the World’s best batter again and Mitchell Johnson finding showing why he is feared with the ball in hand. England really had no answer to these guys!
After a disappointing England first innings of 312. It was always going to be an uphill battle for Alistair Cook’s side. He and Ben Stokes were the only one’s to offer any resistance in this innings with Cook scoring a defiant 96 & Stokes scoring a brisk 87.
Australia opted to bat again and continued where they left off until Chris Rogers had one of his dizzy spells on 49 and had to retire ill.
Which brought about Steve Smith, after a brilliant double hundred in the first innings, displayed a range of inventive strokes to race 58 in the second innings. A solid knock of 83 from David Warner who threw away his chance of getting on the honors board by trying to hit Moeen Ali inside out which ended up going straight to Alistair Cook at extra cover.
Smith eventually got bored and tried to whack Moeen out of the park and was bowled. Clarke and Marsh put on a partnership of 44 before the Australian skipper pulled out 10 minutes before lunch.
England needed 508 runs to win in 5 sessions. The inevitable happened after lunch when Mitchell Starc got Lyth to feather one behind to Neville who has had a great start to his Test career.
Next to go was Ballance who’s torture continues, caught behind after getting a real snorter of a delivery from Mitchell Marsh.
Things went from bad to worst when Mitchell Johnson was thrown the ball. He started bowling thunderbolts at Alistair Cook who eventually got one that was to good for him. He was caught behind by Peter Nevill for 11.
England folded in spectacular fashion and were reduced to 64-7 thanks to good bowling and fielding all round.
Stuart Broad made 25 putting bat to ball trying to take the attack back to the Aussies. It looked like he knew one would eventually have his name on it, so instead of waiting for it, he decided to have some fun while it lasted.
When he finally hit one straight up off Nathan Lyon. The pace and skill was to good for the rest of the English batters, they folded for just 103 runs – shamefully!
Looking forward to the 3rd Test the Aussies will have their tails up and England will be reeling. Lucky enough England have two weeks off to re-assess where they are.
Coach Trevor Bayliss has giving his first bollocking to the squad and stated that the top-order will be looked at and if they feel a change is needed, it will be made for the 3rd Test at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on the 29th of July.