2nd Test, Lord's, August 14 - 18, 2019, ICC World Test Championship
258 & 258/5d
(T:267) 250 & 154/6

Match drawn

Player Of The Match
AUS 2nd Innings
Full commentary

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.

Leach to Cummins, no run

leg stump this time, and defended by Cummins

Leach to Cummins, no run

full and straight, defends with soft hands into the leg side

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 Denly 2-2-0-0
Jack Leach 16-5-37-3
Denly to Head, no run

full, half-volley, and driven out towards extra cover for no run

Denly to Head, no run

full, and turns a touch, but the defensive prod sees it scoot out to point

Denly to Head, no run

flighted, whacks it into the covers but they don't take the single

Denly to Head, no run

length ball, blocked back easily enough

Denly to Head, no run

beats him! Goes straight on, and past the outside edge

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 Leach 16-5-37-3
Joe Denly 1-1-0-0
Leach to Cummins, no run

lunges forward, and defends well

Six around the bat now

Leach to Cummins, no run

pitches outside leg, full, and padded away

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!

Leach to Cummins, no run

left alone outside off

Four men around the bat and a short cover

Leach to Cummins, no run

leans forward and defends

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 Denly 1-1-0-0
Jack Leach 15-4-37-3

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

Denly to Head, no run

length, spins in but pushed into the off side for none

Denly to Head, no run

tossed up, bit of a half-volley and blocked to Broad at extra cover

Denly to Head, no run

prodded into the covers on the defence

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

Denly to Head, no run

outside off, spins again but defended out to gully

Denly to Head, no run

big flight again, but slow spin and defended

Denly to Head, no run

gives it a big rip from around the wicket, hit on the pad defending but outside the line

Jofra to continue? Blimey, no, here's a twist: Joe Denly is on!

Vikrant : "Oh Test Cricket, this is why I love you the most, for providing Climax like this !!"

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