London (AFP): In the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Friday, Australia’s rehired paceman Mitchell Starc led the charge as England fell to 325 all out.
After starting the second innings on 278-4, the home team added 47 runs in 15.2 overs as the wickets fell. After making 416 in the first innings, which included Steve Smith’s 110 runs, Australia led by 91 runs.
Starc, the main change to the Australia side that won the principal Trial of the five-match series at Edgbaston last week, took 3-88 out of 17 overs.
England needed quick wickets because of their poor batsmanship, but Usman Khawaja and David Warner got through a difficult 20 minutes under the lights to make it 12-0 at lunch.
A few Britain batsmen, including opener Ben Duckett, who was out for 98, fell into a glaring snaring trap late on Thursday.
In addition, captain Ben Stokes fell for his overnight 17 on the second ball of Friday’s play, a further setback for England.
Cameron Green held a sharp catch at the second slip on a left-arm express quick Starc’s delivery that jumped off a length and took the outside edge.
It was a spirit-helping start to the day for Australia, offering the first Remains series win in Britain in 22 years after off-spinner Nathan Lyon couldn’t take the field.
The bowler, who was on crutches at Lord’s, had been diagnosed with a “significant calf strain,” according to a Cricket Australia spokesperson.
After being dropped at square leg by Marnus Labuschagne on 25, rising England star Harry Brook, 45 not out overnight, completed a 63-ball fifty.
In any case, his assurance to bat in the forceful ‘Bazball’ style that has assisted Britain with winning 11 out of 14 Tests since Stirs up and mentor Brendon McCullum united last year demonstrated his demise.
The stream moved in an opposite direction from a short Starc ball yet still attempted to level bat the conveyance down the ground.
In any case, a high-risk move finished with Creek cutting his stroke to extra cover, where Australia skipper Pat Cummins held a straightforward catch.
293-6, Britain was passed on, shifting focus to Jonny Bairstow, the remainder of their expert batsmen, to get on level conditions.
Bairstow, notwithstanding, had possibly overseen 16 when he chipped quick bowler Josh Hazlewood to Cummins at mid-on in a manageable excusal.
Broad, who once scored 169 in a Lord’s Test match against Pakistan, was shaken up in 2014 when India’s Varun Aaron hit him in the nose with a bouncer in Manchester.
What’s more, there was one more stressing second for the paceman on Friday when all-rounder Green struck him on the cap.
Yet, it was slow bowling that cost him his wicket.
Parttime spinner Travis Head, filling in for Lyon, took two wickets in five balls; Wide was lbw before a charging Ollie Robinson got behind.