Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon took three wickets every as Australia bowled out England for 258 and reached 30 for one in reply to take management of the second Ashes check at Lord’s on Thursday.
After rain washed out the primary day, Australia gained the toss and put England in to bat, Hazlewood taking two early wickets to present the touring facet the initiative which they by no means surrendered.
Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow made half-centuries however it was a disappointing batting efficiency by England, and Australia will probably be assured of claiming a first-innings lead and pushing on for a win that may put them 2-Zero up within the sequence.
“I don’t think we have had our best day, we dropped a few catches but if we are batting at the end of the day we are pretty happy,” Lyon stated.
“We want to be a team that no matter what we do first we are competing and playing a positive brand of cricket.”
Jason Roy lasted three balls, flashing wildly at his first earlier than edging a lifting Hazlewood supply to wicketkeeper Tim Paine for nought.
Captain Joe Root twice drove Cummins sweetly to the additional cowl boundary earlier than, on 14, he was trapped lbw by Hazlewood with a supply that jagged again and saved low.
Burns, who made a affected person century within the first check at Edgbaston, dug in to play the anchor position once more however he was given a life when he drove loosely at a large ball from Peter Siddle and Usman Khawaja spilled a pointy catch at gully.
Hazlewood, recalled to the facet, bowled two probing and correct spells within the morning, conceding solely 14 runs in 10 overs to carry Australia’s quest to win the Ashes in England for the primary time since 2001.
Burns slog-swept spinner Lyon for 4 to carry up England’s fifty and the left-hander was 34 not out with Joe Denly unbeaten on 27 because the hosts reached 76 for 2 at lunch.
As has occurred often in Denly’s fledgling check profession, nevertheless, he did not capitalise on a stable begin.
The precise-hander added three runs earlier than he nibbled at a full-length Hazlewood supply and edged one other routine catch to Paine.
Burns accomplished his third check fifty, off 119 balls, and he was the sufferer of a superb response catch by Cameron Bancroft at brief leg because the batsman regarded to show a brief supply from Cummins off his hip.
Jos Buttler made 12 earlier than he hung his bat limply at a large supply from Siddle to nick it to Paine and Ben Stokes missed a straight ball from Lyon to depart lbw for 13 with England reeling at 138 for six.
Bairstow and Chris Woakes steadied the ship with a seventh-wicket partnership of 72 in vibrant sunshine on the dwelling of cricket earlier than the latter gloved Cummins down the leg-side to Paine to fall for 32.
Jofra Archer made 12, Stuart Broad 11 and Bairstow was final man out, caught within the deep for 52 off Lyon who moved alongside nice Australia quick bowler Dennis Lillee on 355 check wickets.
“It is pretty hard to see my name alongside the true legends of Australian cricket,” Lyon stated. “It’s a special moment and hopefully a few more will come.”
Australia had about 20 overs to bat on an prolonged day and so they misplaced David Warner, who was bowled by a advantageous supply from Broad for 3.
Bancroft (5 not out) and Khawaja (18 not out) survived a fiery spell by Archer on his debut, nevertheless, and with rain forecast to disrupt day three, England face an uphill process to stage the sequence and enhance their hopes of regaining the Ashes.
“There was some good bowling, a bit of nibble and we have seen in that period if you stick enough balls in the right areas it can be difficult,” Burns stated.