Live: Day two, second Ashes Test, England v Australia, Lord's

While the day began with a deserved five-wicket haul from Ryan Harris and ended with a stirring three-wicket salvo from Peter Siddle in between it was awful for Australia. For it to capitulate for 128 on a pitch this true (again helped by a last-wicket fightback) was embarrassing. While Usman Khawaja's shot to depart was clearly the worst - and Chris Rogers' the ugliest - he had many friends. While Shane Watson top-scored he again failed to kick on and, more significantly, compounded his dismissal with an awful decision to waste one of Australia two reviews seeking in vain to overturn that leg-before call from the umpire.

Thanks for joining us - and sticking with us amid the carnage. We'll be back at the same time for day three. Until then keep a close eye on the website for all news and columns from our team at Lord's: Chloe Saltau, Greg Baum and Malcolm Knox.

STUMPS: After 16 wickets the day finally ends with England 3-31 after 20 overs, leading by 264, with Joe Root 18* off 60 balls (1 four) and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan 0* off 15 balls. Peter Siddle clearly the best for Australia in England second dig, snaring all three scalps - Cook, Trott, Pietersen - to have 3-4 off 5 overs (3 maidens).

Last ball. Smith to Bresnan....

And the last over? Golden-arm: Steve Smith.

Ryan Harris to bowl the second-last over.

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Three overs until stumps. England 3-30.

Tim Bresnan in at five as the nightwatchman, with five overs to go today. Yes, the Tim Bresnan who fell to the first ball of day two.


WICKET!! A third wicket for Peter Siddle! Kevin Pietersen arrogantly attempts to drive the right-armer square, deposits it straight into the hands of Chris Rogers at point. Shocking shot, but great reward for Siddle. Currently has 3-4. England 3-30, 16 wickets so far in the day.

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Kevin Pietersen moves on to 5* with an authoritative swipe off Pattinson forward of square-leg to the boundary. England 2-27.


WICKET!! Siddle again! Trott tries to leave an excellent rising delivery outside off-stump but chops onto his stumps off his inside-edge, gone for a duck. Great effort here from Siddle. England 2-22.

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Life's pretty good for team England at the moment.

Jimmy Anderson (centre) and his England teammates celebrate the run-out of Australia's Ashton Agar mid-way through day ...
Jimmy Anderson (centre) and his England teammates celebrate the run-out of Australia's Ashton Agar mid-way through day two of the second Test. Photo: Getty Images

Pattinson's consistency has improved so far in this second innings. Finished that over by twice beating Root outside off-stump.

Superb length in that delivery from Siddle. Short enough to have Cook on the back foot but full enough that the inside-edge clipped the bails, rather than passing safely over the top.


WICKET!! Alastair Cook chops on off his inside-edge to Peter Siddle, gone for 8. England 1-22.

Amazing to think a fortnight ago he was the chief target in the media - yes, of which I am a part - for missing out.

Yep, double change. Pattinson on for Watson.

Could conceivably be bowling for his place in the team here.

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First bowling change of the innings: Peter Siddle for Ryan Harris. With Shane Watson having also bowled four overs at the other end it's odds-on to be a double change. England 0-21 in the ninth over.

Unfathomably bad cricket here from Australia. The latest example from Brad Haddin. Watson finds Root's edge, flies mid-way between Haddin and Michael Clarke at first-slip. Haddin moves to his right following the ball but then stops, Clarke belatedly tries to go for the catch but too late. As it flew to the boundary Clarke turned and glared at his deputy. Rightly so. It was his catch. Root to 12*, England 0-19.

Excellent point raised by NSW wicketkeeper Daniel Smith about the brittle Ryan Harris being called on to bowl again.



Watto given the new ball in partnership with Harris.

England batting again, as expected. Harris taking the new ball.

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