The Ashes 2019, second Test, day two LIVE: Australia win toss at Lord’s and bowl


Full and straight

Australia have maintained a full length to Root and Burns, who are both yet to look completely comfortable yet. There have been plenty of balls worked behind square on the off-side, some from edges some by opening the face of the bat.

Just four runs scored in the first six overs and 30 minutes or so of the first session. Screws have been tightened by visitors.

A washed up Queensland lower grade cricketer (and SMH rugby league journalist) has his say on the 'slope' at Lord's.

Hoff 1, Roy 0

Hazlewood removed Roy for a third ball duck today and these comments from the big Aussie quick are rather interesting in hindsight…

We'll see how Roy goes in Test cricket. He's only played one Test match and it's a lot different opening the batting in a Test than a one-day game, that's for sure. In England, opening is probably the toughest place to bat, which probably made Alastair Cook's record all the better. To play attacking cricket in those conditions is tough.


Cummins and Hazlewood working well in tandem

Cummins is moving the ball across Burns nicely, running down the slope at Lord's.

Root and Burns look to be trying to play the ball as late as possible. Australia have their tails up and there is plenty of chat behind the wicket. Hazlewood continues to probe Root, who plays and misses twice at excellent deliveries that straighten down the line.

Paine will be slightly more at ease with that early breakthrough of Jason Roy given his decision to bowl but Australia will want at least another three.

Roy has scores of 10, 28 and 0 this series.

Hazlewood gets the breakthrough!

Jason Roy gone for a duck, huge start for the Australians. Ian Botham isn't saying much behind the microphone! The delivery before jagged away a little and Roy was interested but ended up missing it. Hazlewood then finds the edge next ball. Tim Paine snaffles an early catch. 1/0 in the second over and England right under the pump!

Joe Root to the crease.

Maiden to begin

A very tidy over from Cummins to begin. Makes first Test centurion Rory Burns play at four of the first six deliveries. Josh Hazlewood to open up at the other end. After being rested for the World Cup and overlooked for the first Test at Edgbaston, you'd expect Hazlewood to be super pumped.

We're underway!

Pat Cummins has the new cherry in his hand and the second Test is finally upon us. Australia will want at least 2-3 wickets in this first session to validate their decision to have a trundle. Strap in.


Starc reality

By Chris Barrett

After playing nine of the previous 10 Ashes Tests before this tour, Mitchell Starc has suddenly dropped to the back of the queue among the teams world-class band of fast bowlers in England and could now potentially not feature in this series at all.

While selectors had already settled on Josh Hazlewood to come into the XI for a rested James Pattinson in the second Test at Lords, there remained even on the washed-out first afternoon an expectation among many in the games commentariat that it would be Starc who would join Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle in the pace contingent in north London.


Mitchell Starc (left) has endured a dramatic fall from grace during the Ashes series so far.

Mitchell Starc (left) has endured a dramatic fall from grace during the Ashes series so far.Credit:AP

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