Rain affects another day at Lords

Rain affects another day at Lords

Another two sessions lost to the weather

England fought back on the third day in the second test of the Ashes, picking up three top order wickets to reduce Australia to 80-4 before rain wiped out the final two sessions at Lord's.

The tourists, who added 50 runs to their overnight total, trail by 178 runs and they will need a significant lower order contribution on day 3 to put pressure back on England.

England's seamers struggled at first to take advantage of favourable bowling conditions but made the breakthrough when Jofra Archer trapped Cameron Bancroft lbw with the score at 60-2.

Usman Khawaja followed quickly after, edging Chris Woakes into the gloves of Jonny Bairstow and then Stuart Broad removed Travis Head.

But Steve Smith, who struck two centuries in the opening test at Edgbaston was unbeaten on 13 when the umpires took the players off for rain in the final over before lunch.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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