Ashes 2nd Test: Ben Stokes heroics fall short as Australia go 2-0 up

Ashes 2nd TEST

Ashes 2nd Test: World Champions Australia defeated England by 43 runs in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Sunday. Ben Stokes, the captain of the home team, hammered an incredible hundred and took part in a few century partnerships as they chased a 371-run target.

However, his dismissal altered the momentum in favour of Australia, who had returned home before the tea break. The victory gave the visitors a 2-0 series lead with three games remaining.

A number of events added flavour to the Ashes’ final day. After Ben Duckett scored 83 runs and was dismissed, Jonny Bairstow’s dismissal before lunch garnered a lot of attention and generated a heated discussion. When the England wicketkeeper-batter strayed from his area, he was bizarrely out for 10 runs.

Bairstow believed he had established his position when he tapped his bat on the crease. Cummins had the option of withdrawing the appeal, but the third umpire Marais Erasmus declared that Bairstow had been stumped, bringing England’s score to 193-6.

Following the strange decision, Stokes appeared to be rescuing England from certain defeat with an incredible 155 that echoed another famous century in an exhilarating fourth-innings chase to win the Ashes test at Headingley in 2019.

Once more, he raised expectation for a packed house and assisted in lowering a never-met 371 target at Lord’s to 70.

Then he was gone, top-edging a short ball from Josh Hazlewood behind to wicketkeeper Alex Carey. A feverish Lord has fallen silent.

The game wasn’t as thrilling as the first test match last week at Edgbaston, which lasted five days, but Stokes’ last day at Lord’s will go down in Ashes history since the Australian team was booed vehemently and accused of cheating by the crowd. The Marylebone Cricket Club even expressed regret to the guests for how some of its members had treated and verbally abused the Australians during lunch in the revered Long Room.

Ultimately, Australia made a first-innings 416 run on the strength of batting sensation Steve Smith’s 110, leaving England to regret not making the most of winning the toss in cloudy conditions. When the hosts batted in response, they were well-positioned at 188-1 until several batsmen, including Ben Duckett on 98.

Ashes 2nd Test: Full Scorecard

Australia 1st Innings 

David Warner b Tongue6688148175.00
Usman Khawaja b Tongue17701072024.28
Marnus Labuschagne c †Bairstow b Robinson47931577050.53
Steven Smith c Duckett b Tongue11018431715059.78
Travis Head st †Bairstow b Root777396140105.47
Cameron Green c Anderson b Root033000.00
Alex Carey †lbw b Broad2243452051.16
Mitchell Starc c †Bairstow b Anderson610141060.00
Pat Cummins (c)not out2233642066.66
Nathan Lyon c Tongue b Robinson713171053.84
Josh Hazlewood c Root b Robinson46121066.66
Extras(b 13, lb 13, nb 12)38
TOTAL100.4 Ov (RR: 4.13)416
Fall of wickets: 1-73 (Usman Khawaja, 23.1 ov), 2-96 (David Warner, 29.5 ov), 3-198 (Marnus Labuschagne, 54.2 ov), 4-316 (Travis Head, 74.2 ov), 5-316 (Cameron Green, 74.5 ov), 6-351 (Alex Carey, 84.5 ov), 7-358 (Mitchell Starc, 87.3 ov), 8-393 (Steven Smith, 95.2 ov), 9-408 (Nathan Lyon, 98.4 ov), 10-416 (Josh Hazlewood, 100.4 ov) • DRS
James Anderson2055312.6501
Stuart Broad2349914.3001
Ollie Robinson24.4310034.0506
Josh Tongue2239834.4501
Ben Stokes312107.0003
Joe Root811922.3700

England 1st Innings 

Zak Crawley st †Carey b Lyon48488150100.00
Ben Duckett c Warner b Hazlewood981341999073.13
Ollie Pope c Smith b Green4263934066.66
Joe Root c Smith b Starc1019390052.63
Harry Brook c Cummins b Starc50681164073.52
Ben Stokes (c)c Green b Starc1758631029.31
Jonny Bairstow †c Cummins b Hazlewood1636582044.44
Stuart Broad lbw b Head1224421050.00
Ollie Robinson c †Carey b Head910141090.00
Josh Tongue c sub (MT Renshaw) b Cummins1460025.00
James Anderson not out012000.00
Extras(b 9, lb 4, nb 7, w 2)22
TOTAL76.2 Ov (RR: 4.25)325
Fall of wickets: 1-91 (Zak Crawley, 17.5 ov), 2-188 (Ollie Pope, 38.1 ov), 3-208 (Ben Duckett, 42.2 ov), 4-222 (Joe Root, 45.3 ov), 5-279 (Ben Stokes, 61.2 ov), 6-293 (Harry Brook, 67.4 ov), 7-311 (Jonny Bairstow, 72.2 ov), 8-324 (Ollie Robinson, 75.1 ov), 9-325 (Stuart Broad, 75.5 ov), 10-325 (Josh Tongue, 76.2 ov) • DRS
Mitchell Starc1708835.1711
Pat Cummins16.224612.8110
Josh Hazlewood1317125.4600
Nathan Lyon1313512.6900
Cameron Green905416.0006
Travis Head711722.4200
Steven Smith10101.0000

Australia 2nd Innings 

Usman Khawaja c sub (MJ Potts) b Broad7718728712041.17
David Warner lbw b Tongue25761072032.89
Marnus Labuschagne c Brook b Anderson3051805058.82
Steven Smith c Crawley b Tongue34621065054.83
Travis Head c Root b Broad716291043.75
Cameron Green c Duckett b Robinson18671163026.86
Alex Carey †c Root b Robinson21731033028.76
Mitchell Starc not out1540721137.50
Pat Cummins (c)c Duckett b Broad1129322037.93
Josh Hazlewood c Root b Stokes1390033.33
Nathan Lyon c Stokes b Broad413251030.76
Extras(b 14, lb 9, nb 6, w 7)36
TOTAL101.5 Ov (RR: 2.73)279
Fall of wickets: 1-63 (David Warner, 24.1 ov), 2-123 (Marnus Labuschagne, 40.1 ov), 3-187 (Usman Khawaja, 61.6 ov), 4-190 (Steven Smith, 62.4 ov), 5-197 (Travis Head, 67.3 ov), 6-239 (Cameron Green, 87.3 ov), 7-242 (Alex Carey, 89.1 ov), 8-261 (Pat Cummins, 95.2 ov), 9-264 (Josh Hazlewood, 96.4 ov), 10-279 (Nathan Lyon, 101.5 ov) • DRS
James Anderson1946413.3600
Stuart Broad24.586542.6101
Josh Tongue2045322.6530
Ollie Robinson26114821.8420
Ben Stokes1212612.1615

England 2nd Innings (T: 371 runs)

Zak Crawley c †Carey b Starc36120050.00
Ben Duckett c †Carey b Hazlewood831122249074.10
Ollie Pope b Starc310130030.00
Joe Root c Warner b Cummins1835402051.42
Harry Brook b Cummins43410133.33
Ben Stokes (c)c †Carey b Hazlewood1552143009972.42
Jonny Bairstow †st †Carey b Green1022322045.45
Stuart Broad c Green b Hazlewood11361252030.55
Ollie Robinson c Smith b Cummins1660016.66
Josh Tongue b Starc1926491073.07
James Anderson not out323420013.04
Extras(lb 3, nb 4, w 10)17
TOTAL81.3 Ov (RR: 4.01)327
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Zak Crawley, 2.1 ov), 2-13 (Ollie Pope, 4.2 ov), 3-41 (Joe Root, 12.2 ov), 4-45 (Harry Brook, 12.5 ov), 5-177 (Ben Duckett, 45.4 ov), 6-193 (Jonny Bairstow, 51.6 ov), 7-301 (Ben Stokes, 72.1 ov), 8-302 (Ollie Robinson, 73.1 ov), 9-302 (Stuart Broad, 74.2 ov), 10-327 (Josh Tongue, 81.3 ov) • DRS
Mitchell Starc21.327933.6730
Pat Cummins2526932.7621
Josh Hazlewood1808034.4422
Travis Head402305.7500
Cameron Green1337315.6131

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