Cricket happened! On a fascinating day at Lord's in London, England and Australia fought it out to take the early initiative after losing the first day of the second Ashes 2019 Test to rain. Aussies, courtesy Josh Hazlewood, dominated the early hours on Thursday but the hosts found their own fighters in Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow to drag the score to 258. Hazlewood got able support from Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon -- all three taking three wickets each. For England, Burns top-scored with 53, one more than Bairstow's effort.
England then hit back to remove David Warner early in the Aussie innings. At Stumps, the visitors were 30/1 after 13 overs, still trailing England by 228 runs. Get highlights and cricket score of second Ashes 2019 Test match between England and Australia here
Majority of Test matches are still played over five days, including the oldest of them all -- The Ashes. Well, that might have just saved the second Test match between England and Australia. Day 1 of the match was washed out with miserable weather holding players, fans and officials to the ransom. Not even toss was allowed. (Cricket News)
But Day 2 is expected to be dry despite looming clouds. So expect some play, and most importantly the toss to happen. With that, at least, there will be some semblance of a cricket match happening at the home of the sport, Lord's. With full 90 overs lost on Day 1, additional eight overs will be added to each of the remaining four days. But again, the forecast for Friday and Saturday are not good.
Yesterday, amid the downpour, indomitable Jofra Archer got the Test cap for his adopted country even as Josh Hazlewood saw off competition from Mitchell Starc to make the Australia XI. Hopefully, these four days will be enough to get a result.
Yes, we have seen both England and Australia winning matches in fewer days. Can they do it against each other with stakes so high?