Result
2nd Test, Lord's, Aug 14-18 2019, ICC World Test Championship
258 & 258/5d
(47.3 ov, target 267)
250 & 154/6
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
England
1y
• The Report by Valkerie Baynes

Australia hold out for draw, despite best efforts of Jofra Archer, Jack Leach

Steven Smith's concussion replacement Marnus Labuschagne scores fifty to help Australia avoid defeat

Match centre 
Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Matt Roller
Scorecard summary
England258(77.1 overs)1st Innings
Australia250(94.3 overs)1st Innings
Steven Smith92 (161)
Stuart Broad4/65(27.3)
Chris Woakes3/61(19)
England258/5d(71 overs)2nd Innings
Ben Stokes*115 (165)
Jos Buttler31 (108)
Pat Cummins3/35(17)
Peter Siddle2/54(15)
Australia154/6(47.3 overs)2nd Innings
Jofra Archer3/32(15)
Jack Leach3/37(16.3)

And with that, we'll leave you. A brilliant Test match, despite the rain threatening to ruin it, and hard to argue with the result. Valkerie's report will be here very shortly, but for now it's goodbye from me, Andrew McGlashan, and Alan Gardner, and we'll see you all again on Thursday.

Ben Stokes is Player of the Match: Nice to get a hundred. We fought incredibly hard there towards the end. Fair play to Australia for holding out. That's why it's the best form to play - ups and downs emotionally throughout five days, but it's the pinnacle of any cricketer's ambition. Lord's always seems to produce great games and we've seen another one. I looked up at the scoreboard at one point on 60 or 70 and didn't know how I way still there. Kept on trying to get the overs ticking down and the lead higher and higher. We thought we left enough overs to bowl them out on that wicket but they showed great grit and determination. [On Archer] It's brilliant to have someone like that in your team. Much rather have him on our side than on anyone else's. He's a seriously exciting talent for us. He's announced himself on the world stage yet again.

Tim Paine: [Smith] is OK. Really nasty knock, he felt OK yesterday, but woke up not feeling at his best so the decision was made to leave him out. Steve passed all his tests, he deteriorated overnight, he re-tested, they weren't as good this morning, and the professionals made that call. He'll need to improve [to play at Headingley] but too early to tell. Really pleasing to see [Labuschagne] do that - to get 150ks in the face and then stand up was really pleasing. We've seen Jofra in Australia for a few years, we know the package he brings to the table. It's up to us as a team to formulate some plans. Look, I can only see what I've seen. [On Root's catch] As cricketers, you dive forward, you catch those balls, in Joe's position I'd say I'd caught that and that's the way it goes. Part of becoming a good team is being able to get draws out of days like today.

Joe Root: "You can't control the weather. Most importantly we had to get ourselves to a score where we felt in control of the game. Ben played exceptionally well, and then we threw everything we had at them. Fair play to Australia, they played well. Ben's form keeps getting better and better, he's got even more fond memories of this ground now. [Archer's] clearly made a big impact. He's a relaxed, laid-back guy, extremely confident, and you see that when he goes out and performs. It was important we bounced back strong after Edgbaston. We proved we're in this series, and we'll take that momentum into the rest of this series.

The upshot, then, is that Australia will take a 1-0 lead into the Headingley Test on Thursday, but this series is most definitely alive. With Steven Smith doubtful after suffering a delayed concussion, and Jack Leach and Jofra Archer both proving their worth here, there are reasons for England to be optimistic; but remember, Australia only need one win from the last three Tests to retain the urn.

And that will be that! A dramatic final day, thanks to Ben Stokes' brilliant hundred, a brutal spell by Jofra Archer, and two dogged innings by Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head. Throw in the drama of Root's catch (or non-catch), Denly's stunning take at midwicket, and Jason Roy's drop at slip, and it's been quite the last day.

47.3
Leach to Cummins, no run
leg stump this time, and defended by Cummins
47.2
Leach to Cummins, no run
full and straight, defends with soft hands into the leg side
47.1
Leach to Cummins, no run
defends on the front foot with everyone around the bat

Six balls, four wickets. Time for a hero, so here comes Jack Leach.

For those asking, Denly had to come on because the light is sufficiently poor

end of over 47Maiden
AUS: 154/6CRR: 3.27 
Travis Head42 (90)
Pat Cummins1 (14)
Joe Denly2-2-0-0
Jack Leach16-5-37-3
46.6
Denly to Head, no run
full, half-volley, and driven out towards extra cover for no run
46.5
Denly to Head, no run
full, and turns a touch, but the defensive prod sees it scoot out to point
46.4
Denly to Head, no run
flighted, whacks it into the covers but they don't take the single
46.3
Denly to Head, no run
length ball, blocked back easily enough
46.2
Denly to Head, no run
beats him! Goes straight on, and past the outside edge
46.1
Denly to Head, no run
full, bunted out into the off side

Denly continues.

England need four wickets, Australia need to survive 12 balls. What a Test match!

end of over 46Maiden
AUS: 154/6CRR: 3.34 
Pat Cummins1 (14)
Travis Head42 (84)
Jack Leach16-5-37-3
Joe Denly1-1-0-0
45.6
Leach to Cummins, no run
lunges forward, and defends well

Six around the bat now

45.5
Leach to Cummins, no run
pitches outside leg, full, and padded away
45.4
Leach to Cummins, no run
straight, full, left alone, hits the pad, and England review! Leach from over the wicket, looks like it might be missing off stump. Appreciable turn from Leach, but probably too much... ha, yes, miles away in the end, missing another set!
45.3
Leach to Cummins, no run
left alone outside off

Four men around the bat and a short cover

45.2
Leach to Cummins, no run
leans forward and defends
45.1
Leach to Cummins, no run
dropped by Burns at silly point! Full, great reactions to get a hand on it from Burns, but doesn't stick in the hand!
end of over 45Maiden
AUS: 154/6CRR: 3.42 
Travis Head42 (84)
Pat Cummins1 (8)
Joe Denly1-1-0-0
Jack Leach15-4-37-3

Rohith: "Here in India, I wanted to sleep by 10pm considering Monday tomo. But this match woke up to make me stay awake!!!"

44.6
Denly to Head, no run
length, spins in but pushed into the off side for none
44.5
Denly to Head, no run
tossed up, bit of a half-volley and blocked to Broad at extra cover
44.4
Denly to Head, no run
prodded into the covers on the defence

four around the bat on the leg side, plus a slip

Best performances - batsmen
BA Stokes
115 runs (165)
11 fours
3 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
cut shot
17 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
13207102119520
SPD Smith
92 runs (161)
14 fours
0 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
flick
24 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
10111931991110
Best performances - bowlers
SCJ Broad
O
27.3
M
7
R
65
W
4
Eco
2.36
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
2W
JC Archer
O
15
M
2
R
32
W
3
Eco
2.13
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
Match details
Lord's, London
TossAustralia , elected to field first
SeriesICC World Test Championship 2019
Player Of The Match
Ben Stokes
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2355
Season2019
Hours of play (local time)11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 16.10-16.30, Close 18.30
Match days14,15,16,17,18 August 2019 (5-day match)
Australia replacementM Labuschagne for SPD Smith (England 2nd innings, 32.3 ov)
Test debut
Jofra Archer
Umpires
Aleem Dar
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Joel Wilson
Reserve Umpire
Alex Wharf
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsEngland 8, Australia 8