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Sunday 26 January 2020

Ashes Test ends in draw between England and Australia

Ashes Test-holders Australia, bidding for their first Test series win away to England in 18 years, remain 1-0 up in the five-match campaign following their 251-run victory at Edgbaston last week

London: The second Ashes Test between England and Australia ended in a draw at Lord’s on Sunday.

Australia, set an unlikely 267 to win in a minimum of 48 overs after England Captain Joe Root’s declaration, finished on 154-6, with Marnus Labuschagne — Test cricket’s first concussion substitute — top-scoring with 59.

A draw always looked likely in a match that saw five whole sessions lost to rain and Australia’s Steve Smith ruled out with concussion on Sunday after being hit on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer during his 92 on Saturday.

Four wickets after tea gave England hope of what would have been a stunning win.

Ashes Test-holders Australia, bidding for their first Test series win away to England in 18 years, remain 1-0 up in the five-match campaign following their 251-run victory at Edgbaston last week.

The third Test at Headingley starts on Thursday.

Back in 2017, Steve Smith had scored his 23rd Test century to bat out a draw for Australia in the fourth Ashes Test and denied England their first win of the series in Melbourne.

The Australia skipper had stonewalled the English bowling attack to remain unconquered on 102 for his third century of the series when the Test was called a draw late on the final day.

Steve Smith had joined the legendary Don Bradman as the only batsmen to score centuries in four consecutive Melbourne Tests.

He had also joined Ricky Ponting as the only batsmen in Test history to have made six centuries in a calendar year on multiple occasions.

Australia had only lost two wickets on the fifth day but coasted through after lunch to finish on 263 for four with Mitchell Marsh not out on 29.

The hosts had already clinched the Ashes Test with an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series ahead of the fifth and final Test that was held in Sydney.

 

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