AUSSIE LEVEL THE SERIES AT LORDS.
By: Siphiwe Gabayi
Australia kept their chances of retaining the Ashes alive when they destroyed England in a second test match at Lords Cricket ground on Saturday.
The baggy green took control from the first day of the test match as veteran Chris Rogers and youngster Steve Smith put on a partnership of 250 at stumps.
It was Rodgers last test match at Lords and he went on to make 173 runs as the English bowlers struggled for wickets on day two. Rogers became the oldest batsman to get a test ton at Lords.
Smith was dropped twice in the slip region off the bowling of Ben Stokes after reaching his 12th fifty and James Anderson when he was still in the Sixties. Smith now has a conversion rate of 12 fifties and nine hundreds.
Smith went on to get a double ton before being bowled out by off-spinner Moen Ali. Aussie were 350 for 4 wickets.
Australia went on to put a mammoth total of 509 declared for 7 after 149 overs. The total proved to be too much for the English batsman.
The three lions kept losing wickets at regular intervals as they were bundled out for 103 runs in just 37 overs.
Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers in the morning session having bowled 13 overs for 36 runs with two maidens and an economy rate of 2.77.
Smith’s match winning inning of 215 got him the Man of the Match Award and he is now ranked the number one International Cricket Council (ICC) test batsman. Smith overtakes the South African wicket-keeper batsman AB De Villiers.
The series is left with only three test matches and England will be looking to revive themselves after a performance which was described by Cook as ‘poor’.
The two teams will meet in the third test match in Edgbaston, Birmingham on 29th July up until the 2nd August .