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England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

July 19, 2013

Chris Rogers, lbw Watson

Nitin Sundar

Play began 15 minutes late on the first day since the royal guest was delayed. Things began on time on the second day, and how - Ryan Harris had Tim Bresnan out with the first ball of the day.

Harris was in his element, and quickly brushed aside James Anderson to get his name etched on the Lord's honours board.

Harris didn't have much support from the other end. James Pattinson bowled shoddy lines, and over-stepped a couple of times in his opening spell of the day.

After the Queen on the first day, it was the prime minister's turn to visit Lord's.

By the end of the day, it was clear that if anyone needed batting tips, it was the Australians. First, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann added 48 quick runs for the last wicket.

Michael Clarke seemed to be running out of ideas quickly.

Broad was eventually ruled caught behind - a decision that was upheld on review, even as the Australians headed for the dressing room.

Shane Watson began with some assertive strokes down the ground.

Stuart Broad quickly began to ask questions of the Australian openers, irrespective of whether they deserved to be asked.

Then things began to go awry for Australia. Watson was out plumb in front to Bresnan, but still reviewed it after consulting with his partner.

Chris Rogers then departed in bizarre circumstances, struck near the hip by a Swann full toss that was heading well down the leg side. He didn't review umpire Erasmus' decision though.

That wasn't the last time Australia made a shambles of DRS. Phil Hughes feathered one behind, and used up a review on his way out.

A deluge of wickets followed. From 42 for 1 to 104 for 9.

James Anderson wasn't among the wickets this time.

A mixture of bad shots, decent bowling and poor reviews all contributed to Australia's collapse. For the sake of variety, Ashton Agar ran himself out too. He wasn't the only one stranded midway though.

The last-wicket pair stuck around for longer than any of the other partnerships, except the openers.

No success there either. Australia eventually folded for 128, well short of the follow-on target.

England decided to not enforce the follow-on though. Australia continued to have a terrible day, with Michael Clarke at slip, and Brad Haddin letting a regulation edge go between them.

Australia's day could only get better. It did, thanks to Peter Siddle, who dispatched Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen cheaply.

For the second time in two days, England sent out a nightwatchman.

Joe Root and Bresnan hung around cautiously until stumps, on a day when 16 wickets had fallen.

Nitin Sundar is a social media manager at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (July 20, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Considering SPD Smith with 2 good balls an over had success against the English Batsman, I recommend that Australia bring in Fawad Ahmad. He is an impact bowler.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

lol these tweets are hilarious

Posted by VVSR92 on (July 20, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

ashes is turning one side but these results will make aussie more determined in home conditions & the 2nd ashes since its the one that matters , whoever wins ashes now doesnot matter much since another ashes follows anyway .

Posted by simon_w on (July 20, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

@Dhanpaul Narine -- dear God, I can only assume heavy sarcasm there and protest that I quite like Boycott...

Posted by   on (July 20, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

Great to see PM David Cameron taking tips from Geoffrey Boycott. Both are wonderful luminaries in their own right and when they team up for cricket they could beat any team in the world!

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