Ben Stokes smashed an unbeaten 115 however after being given a scare by Jofra Archer and Jack Leach, Australia clung on for a draw at Lord’s to remain 1-Zero up within the five-match Ashes sequence.
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England declared on 258-5 quickly after Stokes reached his seventh Take a look at hundred, setting Australia 267 to win in 48 overs, however after Archer dismissed David Warner and Usman Khawaja early the vacationers have been content material to bat out for a draw.
Three fast wickets within the ultimate hour ensured there was a tense finale to an excellent Take a look at match however Australia survived and ended on 154-6.
Whereas the end result maintains Australia’s lead with three Exams to play, they might be with out their star batsman for the following sport at Headingley after Steve Smith was dominated out of the final day in north-west London attributable to delayed concussion.
Marnus Labuschagne turned Take a look at cricket’s first concussion substitute and he performed a key half in Australia incomes a draw with a precious half-century in a fourth-wicket partnership of 85 with Travis Head (42no), who was there till the shut.
The fifth day had began with rain and a delay of an hour and 10 minutes earlier than, shortly after play obtained underway, Cricket Australia confirmed that Smith wouldn’t characteristic once more within the match attributable to delayed concussion with Labuschagne coming in because the ‘like-for-like’ alternative.
Having handed the concussions checks on Saturday following a nasty blow to the neck off Archer, Smith was stated to have woken up with a headache and a sense of grogginess and subsequently confirmed indicators of concussion in a follow-up evaluation.
In consequence, he’s now a serious doubt for the third Take a look at that begins in Leeds on Thursday.
On the sector, Stokes edged Nathan Lyon (0-102) simply huge of Warner at slip early on however having survived, he and Jos Buttler continued their affected person partnership from the earlier night, stretching it to 90 earlier than the latter fell simply after lunch.
Buttler (31) had dug in for a lot of the morning earlier than opening up with a few good drives off Lyon simply earlier than lunch however top-edged a pull off Pat Cummins (3-35) to fantastic leg and departed early within the afternoon session.
Jonny Bairstow got here in and, alongside Stokes, took the assault to the Australian bowlers in an entertaining and unbroken stand of 97.
The pair ran exhausting between the wickets whereas Bairstow obtained going by hitting Lyon over lengthy on for six. Stokes, having survived an lbw overview from the off-spinner earlier within the session, obtained in on the act by slog-sweeping the identical bowler for back-to-back maximums.
The runs continued to move and after Stokes obtained by way of to his hundred, the second fifty coming in simply 54 balls, he and Bairstow (30no) flayed the ball across the floor for an additional over earlier than the declaration to go away England with an hour to bowl at Australia earlier than tea.
A draw remained the most certainly consequence however when Archer obtained Warner (5) within the fourth over, a superb low catch from Rory Burns at third slip sending the opener on his method with out reaching double figures for the fourth time in as many innings this sequence, England harboured hopes of snatching a win.
Hope briefly turned to perception when Archer nicked off Khawaja (2) after which flattened Labuschagne with a brute of a bouncer that hit him flush on the grille two balls later.
Labuschagne responded effectively, although, battling by way of to tea and persevering with to play with assurance even after Cameron Bancroft was trapped lbw by Jack Leach within the first over after the break to ramp up the strain on Australia once more.
As Archer drained barely earlier than being taken out of the assault and time operating out for England, Labuschagne and Travis Head’s partnership started to develop. It had reached 49 when the following large likelihood got here, Stokes discovering Head’s edge however Jason Roy spilled the catch at second slip.
Labuschagne reached the second fifty of his Take a look at profession simply as play ticked into the ultimate hour and that was additionally the set off for Joe Root to throw the ball to Archer for one ultimate burst.
It was Leach (3-37) who made the breakthrough, although, as Labuschagne swept, the ball ricocheted off Buttler at quick leg and looped up in direction of sq. leg the place Root dived ahead to take the catch. The batsman stood his floor because the umpires referred the catch to the third umpire to examine it was taken cleanly with a tender sign of ‘out’.
The replays have been inconclusive – one angle showing to indicate the ball had bounced and one other suggesting the England captain hand his fingers beneath it – and regardless of boos from the Australians within the crowd, the choice stayed with the tender sign and Labuschagne (59) needed to go.
With an finish opened up, England sensed a chance and when Matthew Wade (1) was caught bat-pad from a ball that exploded out of the tough in Leach’s subsequent over, there was a renewed hope.
England have been celebrating once more a few overs later after a surprising one-handed catch from Joe Denly at sq. leg as Tim Paine (4) fell into the short-ball lure from Archer (3-32), leaving the house facet needing 4 wickets and 7 overs to get them.
England pushed exhausting, even when the fading mild meant Archer needed to be taken out of the assault, with Burns nearly swooping to take a superb catch at foolish level, however Head and Cummins (1no) stood agency and Australia maintain their noses in entrance because the Ashes strikes north over the following couple of weeks.
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