Ashes 2013: England v Australia 2nd Test – LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

Ashes 2013: England v Australia 2nd Test – LIVE!

Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the second Test between England and Australia at Lord's.

Join us again tomorrow for what promises to be another fascinating day's play...

by Charles Reynolds on Jul 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM

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    • ENGLAND CLOSE ON 31/3 (LEAD BY 264)
    • AUSTRALIA 128 ALL OUT (Swann 5/44)
    • Ryan Harris gets five wickets
    • Swann and Broad put on 48 for 10th wicket

    England - Cook, Root, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Bairstow, Prior, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson

    Australia - Rogers, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith, Hughes, Haddin, Agar, Siddle, Pattinson, Harris 

    7/18/2013 11:44:08 PM
  • Australia 104/8 (Haddin 2, Pattinson 0)
    Surprisingly but that is Anderson's first wicket in this innings, a fact that will reassure England who have looked overly reliant on him recently. Australia still trail by 257.
    7/19/2013 3:17:42 PM
  • WICKET! Haddin c Trott b Swann - 7
    Haddin tried to smash the cover off that one but only managed to get a looping edge which flew up to Trott at first slip.
    7/19/2013 3:18:47 PM
  • Australia 108/9 (Pattinson 0, Harris 4)
    England just one away now from a humiliating end to Australia's first innings.
    7/19/2013 3:23:30 PM
  • Australia 112/9 (Pattinson 3, Harris 5)
    Can Australia produce another epic tenth-wicket stand? They pick up three runs from Anderson's over but they still trail by around 250 runs.
    7/19/2013 3:29:07 PM
  • REVIEW! LBW against Harris turned down by umpire, England basically just review for a laugh and because they have all their reviews left.

    7/19/2013 3:35:08 PM
  • NOT OUT - Ball from Anderson pitched outside leg stump. 
    7/19/2013 3:35:52 PM
  • Australia 113/9 (Pattinson 3, Harris 6)
    Maiden from Anderson, including the terrible LBW shout.
    7/19/2013 3:36:50 PM
  • Australia 118/9 (Pattinson 4, Harris 10)
    Great shot from Harris, it's short and wide from Swann but the number 11 rocks back and carves him away on the off side for four.
    7/19/2013 3:38:18 PM
  • Australia 120/9 (Pattinson 6, Harris 10)
    Broad replaces Anderson but he can't take the final wicket.
    7/19/2013 3:44:38 PM
  • DROPPED CATCH! Swann tosses one up to Harris who drives it straight back to him but he spills an easy catch.
    7/19/2013 3:45:33 PM
  • WICKET! Harris c Pietersen b Swann - 10
    Harris does his best Usman Khawaja impression skipping down the track and spooning it up in the air. Pietersen takes a good catch running round.
    7/19/2013 3:52:07 PM
    7/19/2013 3:52:43 PM
  • England have not enforced the follow on, both sets of players back out on the pitch
    7/19/2013 4:03:10 PM
  • England 4/0 (Cook 4, Root 0)
    Harris opens up for Australia and England are up and running, Cook twice clipping off his legs for a couple.
    7/19/2013 4:05:19 PM
  • England 9/0 (Cook 6, Root 3)
    Interestingly it's Watson who opens at the other end for Australia, as England add five runs to their total, Root getting off the mark with a punch off the back foot for three and Cook adding a couple more.
    7/19/2013 4:11:39 PM
  • England 14/0 (Cook 6, Root 8)
    Harris again and again it's five runs for England, Root clipping off his pads but denied a boundary by some good fielding on the boundary.
    7/19/2013 4:15:56 PM
  • MISSED CHANCE! Root edges Watson and the ball flies between the keeper and first slip and runs away for four.
    7/19/2013 4:17:27 PM
  • England 18/0 (Cook 6, Root 12)
    That's a huge let off for Root, Haddin shaped to take the catch and then pulled out totally putting off Clarke. 
    7/19/2013 4:20:01 PM

  • Swann celebrates the wicket of Harris, his fifth of the innings 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    7/19/2013 4:23:04 PM
  • England 19/0 (Cook 7, Root 12)
    Huge appeal for LBW against Root, but the umpire is not interested. Australia for once make a wise DRS decision and don't review it. Hawkeye reveals it hit outside the line of off stump.
    7/19/2013 4:25:24 PM
  • England 19/0 (Cook 7, Root 12)
    Watson continues - is Clarke trying to bowl him out of the side? It's a maiden. 
    7/19/2013 4:27:35 PM
  • England 21/0 (Cook 7, Root 14)
    Harris and Watson continue for Australia and England just pick up a couple from Harris' over before Watson bowls a maiden. While England lead by a healthy 254 and are seemingly not under much pressure, both these men could do with a score here just to play themselves into the series.
    7/19/2013 4:34:47 PM
  • England 21/0 (Cook 7, Root 14)
    Siddle, cricket's most famous vegetarian, comes into the attack for Harris and bowls out a maiden. 
    7/19/2013 4:39:59 PM
  • England 22/0 (Cook 8, Root 14)
    Steady... England score a run as Cook flicks one into the leg side for a single from new bowler Pattinson who has replaced Watto.
    7/19/2013 4:45:07 PM
  • WICKET! Cook b Siddle - 8
    That's it for Cook in this match as he gets an inside edge onto his own stumps. First blood to the veggie.
    7/19/2013 4:45:34 PM
  • England 22/1 (Root 14, Trott 0)
    Siddle makes the breakthrough for Australia, it hasn't been the best of games for England's skipper with the bat. Can they skittle out a few more tonight?
    7/19/2013 4:50:01 PM
  • WICKET! Trott b Siddle - 0
    Oh dear. That wasn't in the script. Trott goes in similar style to his skipper, chopping on to his own stumps without scoring.
    7/19/2013 4:55:37 PM
  • England 23/2 (Root 14, Pietersen 2)
    Trotsky didn't last long, but his South African replacement Pietersen is off the mark almost immediately slightly awkwardly squirting the ball away for a single.
    7/19/2013 5:03:01 PM
  • England 27/2 (Root 14, Pietersen 5)
    Cracking shot from KP, pulling Pattinson in front of square for four.
    7/19/2013 5:05:43 PM
  • WICKET! Pietersen c Rogers b Siddle - 5
    Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. Terrible shot, driving at a wide one and hitting it straight to point.
    7/19/2013 5:08:24 PM
  • Tim Bresnan comes in as a nightwatchman... He was out first ball he faced today earlier this morning.
    7/19/2013 5:10:13 PM
  • England 30/3 (Root 17, Bresnan 0)
    Siddle bowling very well here but that was a useless shot from Pietersen. This has been a fairly surreal day.
    7/19/2013 5:11:34 PM
  • England 30/3 (Root 17, Bresnan 0)
    Perhaps the strangest occurrence of the day, Pattinson bowls a maiden.
    7/19/2013 5:15:52 PM

  • Trott plays on for 0 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    7/19/2013 5:18:51 PM
  • England 30/3 (Root 17, Bresnan 0)
    Not to be outdone by Pattinson, Siddle chucks down a maiden now.
    7/19/2013 5:20:50 PM
  • England 30/3 (Root 17, Bresnan 0)
    He's just showing off now... Pattinson bowls a second successive maiden as England look to close out the day without further loss of wicket.
    7/19/2013 5:23:04 PM

  • Siddle claims the scalp of Kevin Pietersen 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    7/19/2013 5:24:48 PM
  • England 30/3 (Root 17, Bresnan 0)
    Ryan Harris comes on with just two overs remaining today and he bowls a maiden including an excellent yorker fifth ball which Bresnan does very well to keep out. One over to come. Steve Smith to bowl it....
    7/19/2013 5:26:09 PM
  • Lord's on the evening of Day Two
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    7/19/2013 5:28:35 PM
  • England 31/3 (Root 18, Bresnan 0)
    Smith bowls the last over of the day and England play it out, Root adding a run to the total.
    7/19/2013 5:30:08 PM
    7/19/2013 5:30:28 PM
  • You can see photo highlights of today's play by clicking here
    7/19/2013 5:36:48 PM
  • What a fantastic and surreal day's play - 16 wickets falling in total. 

    Some excellent bowling from England combined with some brainless batting from Australia has turned this match upside down and put the hosts in a very strong position although at least Peter Siddle's late wickets have livened things up a bit - not to mention put vegetarian cricketers firmly on the map.

    All in all it has been a thrilling Test if you are an England supporter and a fairly sickening one for an Australia fan. However this series continues to be baffling so who knows what we can expect tomorrow.
    7/19/2013 5:39:52 PM
  • That's all from us today, I hope you can join me again tomorrow.
    7/19/2013 6:02:10 PM
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