Australia lacks Smith in Lord’s Test, batsmen somehow draw
Even after the match was drawn, Australia still held a 1-0 lead in the five-match series
Lords. The second Test match of the Ashes series between England and Australia was drawn. Australia, chasing the target of 264 runs on the last day of the match on Sunday, could only manage 154 runs at the loss of 6 wickets. With the second match of the series being drawn, Australia still holds a 1-0 lead. Australia won the first Test match played in Birmingham by 251 runs. Now the third Test match of the series will now be played in Leeds from 22 August.
Australia team 2nd Innings
Australia team started off chasing the target of 264 runs from England on Sunday did not start well. The visiting team lost three crucial wickets within 47 runs, including the wickets of opener David Warner (5), Cameron Bencraft (16) and Usman Khawaja (2). The Australian team had already suffered a major setback in the form of Steve Smith, as he walked out of the ground after being retired hurt. Marnus Labuschen, who came to bat in his place, scored an innings of 59 runs. Labushen combined with Trevid Head (42 not out) to add 85 runs for the fourth wicket. This partnership pushed the match towards the draw. However, for England, Jack Leach and Archer kept the hopes of the match alive with 3-3 wickets.
Ben Stokes century
Earlier England had declared their second innings at 258/5. With a lead of 8 runs in the first innings, England gave Australia a target of 264 runs to win. Ben Stokes notched 115 not out in the second innings for England. However, no batsman other than Stokes fared well. On Sunday, hosts England started by 96 runs for four wickets. Ben Stokes scored 16 and Jose Butler extended his innings by 10 runs. Stokes first shared a 90-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Butler (31) and then a 97-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Johnny Bairstow (30 not out). During this time Stokes scored the seventh century of his career.
Stokes hit 11 fours and three sixes off 165 balls. Bairstow hit four and two sixes off 37 balls. Butler hit three fours off 108 balls. Pat Cummins took three and Peter Seidle took two from Australia.