Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Ashes - 2nd Test - Day 2 Lords

This test series is getting ridiculous now.

The second day of a Lords Test is traditionally the easiest time to bat, 16 wickets fell.

Bresnan went first ball of the day but England's tail wagged and Broad and Swann took England up to 361ao, a 1st innings total which looked below par but you can never judge an innings until you've seen the other team bat.

Australia hit the self destruct button.

Watson and Rodgers started brightly until Watson was LBW on the last ball before lunch. Rodgers went soon after lunch LBW to a filthy full toss which slipped out of Swann's hand but then Australia capitulated to a horrendous 128ao with Swann taking a 5 for.

With the game only 5 sessions old, England didnt enforce the follow on but decided to bat again to rest the bowlers and bat the Aussie's completely out of the game.

Peter Siddle gave the Aussies a slight sniff of a chance taking 3 before stumps when England were 31-3 with Root and nightwatchman Bresnan seeing England to the close.