Michael Vaughan rates England’s chances of winning second Ashes Test at Lord’s

Michael Vaughan insists England can win the second Test and level the Ashes series (Picture: Getty)

Michael Vaughan insists England can win the second Test against Australia and level the Ashes series despite being bowled out on day two of the match at Lord’s.

England’s fragility with the bat was exposed once again at the Home of Cricket on Thursday, with only Rory Burns (53) and Jonny Bairstow (52) passing 35 for the hosts.

Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon inflicted the damage for Australia, each finishing with three wickets and Peter Siddle chipping in with the other as England were bowled out for 258.

England slipped to 138-6 in the afternoon session but a 72-run partnership between Bairstow and Chris Woakes somewhat repaired the damage.

Josh Hazlewood took three wickets for Australia on day two at Lord’s (Picture: Getty)

Stuart Broad dismissed David Warner for the third time in the series but England’s search for further wickets in the evening session ended in disappointment as Australia reached the close on 30-1, trailing by 228.

Former England captain Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special: ‘England’s 258 is competitive in a way but with the amount of talent in that line up they will have expected someone to get three figures.

‘Cummins after lunch was right up there with the best you’ll see but the technical side of England’s batting is a worry.

‘That being said, I don’t think they are out of this Test at all, we saw the wicket that got Warner was a beauty. Australia look like they are very driven and you would expect them to make it very difficult.

Pat Cummins also impressed as Australia bowled England out for 258 (Picture: Getty)

‘I think there is going to be a result.’

On England’s struggles with the bat, Vaughan added: ‘It’s about the way you bat and Roy is too good a player to try and crash his first ball.

‘The way he played at Edgbaston in the second innings to get to 28 was lovely. There are worries there but there are worries about Buttler at number five, he looks to have lost the confidence to play at Test level.

‘There are too many of them that you ask if they have got the basics for Test cricket. The best technician in the side at the moment is Chris Woakes.’

Rory Burns top-scored for England with 53 (Picture: Getty)

Australia spinner Lyon, meanwhile, insists the tourists, who won the previous Ashes series at home 4-0, were more than content with their day’s work.

‘I actually don’t think we have had our best day, we dropped a few catches but if we are batting at the end of the day we are pretty happy,’ he said.

‘We want to be a team that no matter what we do first we are competing and playing a positive brand of cricket.’

Australia are 1-0 up in the five-match series after beating England by 251 runs at Edgbaston in the first Test last week.


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