Twitter Reactions: Australia's late riposte slows England's batting juggernaut on eventful second day of Lord's Test

England finished Day 2 on 278/4 with Ben Stokes (17* off 57) and Harry Brook (44*) at the crease, trailing by 138 runs.

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The exhilarating action continued in the second Test of Ashes 2023 on Day 2 at Lord’s as Australia resumed their innings on 339/5. Steven Smith (85*) and Alex Carey (11*) continued to take Australia’s innings ahead. England struck early in the day as Stuart Broad got rid of Carey (22) early in the day. However, Smith continued his innings and brought up his 32nd Test hundred with a lovely cover drive against Anderson.

Pat Cummins played another valuable knock lower down the order (22*) to give good support to Smith. However, after Smith got dismissed for 110, the other batters couldn’t contribute much as Australia got bundled out for 416 in the first innings. Josh Tongue (3/98) was the pick of the bowlers for England.

In reply, England got off to a brilliant start as openers Zak Crawley (48) and Ben Duckett added 91 runs for the first wicket. Lyon gave the first blow to England getting Crawley out stumped. Ollie Pope walked in next and added 97 runs for the second wicket with Duckett.

Seeing England in full control, Australia came up with a short ball ploy in the third session to unsettle the batters. The plan worked immediately as Pope (42) got dismissed trying to pull Cameron Green. Three balls later there was more drama to follow as Green further got Root dismissed when the batter was caught behind off a short ball. However much to his dismay, he overstepped giving Root a life.

England lost three wickets in the final session

At the other end, Duckett was closing in on his hundred but he also fell prey to the short ball ploy and holed out to David Warner at fine leg on 98. Root also couldn’t make the most of his reprieve as he once again became the victim of short-pitched delivery and hit one to Smith at square leg, who dived forward to complete a brilliant catch. Within a space of 45 balls, England went from 188/1 to 222/4.

After a flurry of wickets, Ben Stokes (17* off 57) and Harry Brook (44*) took England to stumps with their unbeaten 56-run stand. England finished Day 2 on 278/4 trailing by 138 runs. Meanwhile, Twitter was abuzz with reactions on another action-packed day of Test cricket.

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