Ashes 2015: 5 Heroes from Australia victory over England in the second Test match
Australia came back into the Ashes series with a resounding 405 runs win over England in the second Test match played at Lord’s. The Australian team won the match inside 4 days. It was a team effort from the Australian team who lost in the first Test match by 169 runs. The batsmen made big runs and the bowlers rocked the England batting with some top quality bowling. The series is leveled at 1-1.
Here we look at the 5 heroes from Australia victory over England in the second Test match:
1. Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers is a solid opening batsman for Australia. In first Test match Rogers scored 95 and 10 runs in the first and second innings respectively at Cardiff. In the second Test match at Lords on a good batting pitch Chris Rogers looked in good excellent touch and made sure that Australia post a big total in the first innings. Chris Rogers played some excellent shots and raised his fifty in 95 balls. He was finally dismissed for 173 on the second day by Stuart Broad. In the second innings he scored 49 runs before retiring hurt due to dizziness. His contribution helped Australia to secure big win.
2. Steve Smith
After missing out in Cardiff, the top quality batsmen from Australia came to the party in the second Test match at Lords. David Warner and Chris Rogers put up a 78 runs first wicket partnership. Steve Smith came to bat and took his time to settle. He left the good balls and smashed the bad balls away. Steve Smith was dropped by Ian Bell and he made Poms pay for the mistake. Steve Smith raised his fifty in 111 balls. Steve Smith and Chris Rogers ended day 1 on 337 for 1 with Steve Smith on 129. Steve Smith continued and scored a double ton to help Australia reach a big total of 566 for 8. Steve Smith was dismissed for 215. In the second innings Smith scored another half century.
3. David Warner
David Warner did not score too much in the first Test match where Australia lost by 169 runs, he did not provide a good start. In the second Test match at Lord’s, David Warner made sure that Australia got off to great start with Warner scoring 38 off 42 balls in the first innings. He looked in good touch scoring at quick pace in the second innings helping Australia to set a huge target of 509.
4. Mitchell Johnson
After a poor show from Mitchell Johnson in the first Test at Cardiff, where he picked up only 2 wickets in the whole match; he was back to his best in the Test match at Lord’s. When Australia declared their first innings at 566 for 8, Mitchell Johnson took the wicket of Gary Ballance with a good full ball. He then scalped Root, who was caught behind the wicket, and dismissed Stuart Broad. He finished with figures of 3 for 53 in the first innings. In the second innings he took wickets of Captain Cook, produced an excellent run out of Ben Stokes, and took the wicket of Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali. He finished with match with 6 wickets.
5. Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh came in for Shane Watson. He came in handy with the ball in the first innings when he got out two set batsman of Cook and Ben Stokes. Both dismissals were bowled. On the batting front he contributed with a quick fire 27 off 19 balls. In the second innings he took the wicket of Gary Ballance and proved that he can be a good all rounder for Australia in the coming matches.
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