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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.

PLAY HAS ENDED FOR THE DAY - ENGLAND FINISH ON 31/3 (LEAD BY 264)
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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  • DAY IN BRIEF:

    • ENGLAND CLOSE ON 31/3 (LEAD BY 264)
    • AUSTRALIA 128 ALL OUT (Swann 5/44)
    • ENGLAND ALL OUT FOR 361
    • Ryan Harris gets five wickets
    • Swann and Broad put on 48 for 10th wicket



    Teams:
    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
  • AUSTRALIA 128 ALL OUT
    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
  • ENGLAND CLOSE ON 31/3 (LEAD BY 264)
    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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