England and Australia draw second Ashes Test at Lords

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England's Ben Stokes celebrates with teammate Jonny Bairstow, after scoring 100 runs not out during play on day five of the 2nd Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Lord's cricket ground in London. Photo: PTI

The second Test between England and Australia ended in a draw at Lords on Sunday (August 18).

Australia set an unlikely 267 to win in a minimum of 48 overs after England captain Joe Roots declaration, finished on 154-6, with Marnus Labuschagne — Test crickets first concussion substitute — top-scoring with 59.

A draw always looked likely in a match that saw five whole sessions lost to rain and Australias Steve Smith ruled out with concussion on Sunday after being hit on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer during his 92 on Saturday (August 17).

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Four wickets after tea gave England hope of what would have been a stunning win.
Ashes-holders Australia, bidding for their first Test series win away to England in 18 years, remain 1-0 up in the five-match campaign following their 251-run victory at Edgbaston last week.

The third Test at Headingley starts on Thursday.

Brief scores

England: 258 (R Burns 53, J Bairstow 52; J Hazlewood 3-58, P Cummins 3-61, N Lyon 3-68) and 258-5 dec (B Stokes 115 no; P Cummins 3-35)

Australia: 250 (S Smith 92; S Broad 4-65, C Woakes 3-61) and 154-6 (M Labuschagne 59; J Archer 3-32, J Leach 3-37)

Result: Match drawn

Series: Australia lead five-match series 1-0

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