Australian domination continues

July 18, 2015

Australia bowled England out for 312, before posting 108-0, to boast a massive 362-run lead on day three of the second Test match at Lord’s.

England began the day on 85-4, trailing the Australians by a daunting 481 runs, and despite battling valiantly early on, the tourists chipped away at the deflated English. Michael Clarke had the option of following-on, but he decided to put his men into bat, only to further stamp their authority on the match.

The hosts were reeling at one point on 30-4 on day two, but Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes rescued their side somewhat with a 145-run stand. Stokes looked set to cruise to a third Test century, but Mitchell Marsh finally found the breakthrough, as Stokes chopped one on to his wickets to perish for 87.

A 45-run stand followed between Jos Buttler and Cook, before wicketkeeper Buttler fell for 13. Cook battled on with Moeen Ali as avoiding the follow-on became a good target to aim for. Cook however, would fall four runs short of a century, playing one on to his stumps, again off the bowling of Marsh, who justified his selection with two key wickets.

Moeen pushed on with the tail, but the new ball proved their downfall, as Josh Hazlewood trapped Moeen lbw for 39, before the Aussies made light work of the remaining batsmen to bowl them out for a disappointing 312, a substantial 254 runs short of Australia’s first innings total.

David Warner and Chris Rogers strode out hoping to compound their opponents woes, and they did exactly that. The pair showed no mercy as they strolled to a century stand, with Warner (63) bringing up a half-century. Rogers finished the day on 44, to command a 362-run advantage.



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