England and Australia draw second Ashes Test

The third Test at Headingley starts on Thursday.

Published: 19th August 2019 12:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th August 2019 12:36 AM   |  A+A-

England's captain Joe Root (L) and England's Jason Roy (C) shake hands with Australia's Pat Cummins following the last over on the fifth day of the second Ashes cricket Test match. (Photo | AFP)

England's captain Joe Root (L) and England's Jason Roy (C) shake hands with Australia's Pat Cummins following the last over on the fifth day of the second Ashes cricket Test match. (Photo | AFP)

By AFP

LONDON: The second 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-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.

Brief scores

England 258 (R Burns 53, J Bairstow 52; J Hazlewood 3-58, P Cummins 3-61, N Lyon 3-68) and 258-5 dec (B Stokes 115 no; P Cummins 3-35)

Australia 250 (S Smith 92; S Broad 4-65, C Woakes 3-61) and 154-6 (M Labuschagne 59; J Archer 3-32, J Leach 3-37)

Result: Match drawn

Series: Australia lead five-match series 1-0

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