Aussies survive Archer fright in tense draw: 2nd Test, Day 5 (Lords)

England regained the upper hand as Australia were given a huge fright by a Ben Stokes century and another fearsome Jofra Archer spell.

Marnus Labuschagne created history becoming the first ever concussion substitute for the injured Steve Smith. Labuschagne posted a fifty to give Australia some hope.

Australia survived a late slump to cling on for a draw. Archer (3-32) bowled several menacing spells to rock Australia and spinner Jack Leach spun a web on the worn pitch. Travis Head and Pat Cummins batted resolutely in fading light until stumps.

Earlier, Stokes' unbeaten 115 allowed England to declare on 258-5 after a free flowing hour after lunch.

England 258 (Burns 53, Bairstow 52) and 258 for 5 dec (Stokes 115*, Cummins 3-35) drew with Australia 250 (Smith 92, Broad 4065) and 154 for 6 (Labuschagne 59, Head 42, Archer 3-32, Leach 3-37).

Aug 2019.


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