Shortly after tea on Sunday afternoon at Lords, Australia levelled the Ashes series at one game apiece with a comprehensive defeat of England.
Another English batting collapse
Set a target of 509 runs to win the second test match, or bat out five sessions to earn a draw and save the game England capitulated in their second innings, registering the pitiful score of 103 all out. Australia won the game by 405 runs. The defeat was England's third highest defeat by runs, in the history of games against Australia.
England's batting lasts just over one session
England were bowled out in just over one session, thirty-seven overs to be exact. Their top scorer, was fast bowler Stuart Broad, who scored 25, and once again the top order was a disgrace. Pathetic, humiliating, disgraceful are just some of the words that can be used to describe England's woeful batting display.
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The performance was made to look even worse by the fact that Australia scored 254 -2 in just 49 overs on the same pitch.
Changes have to be made
Players such as Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell have to be in serious danger of being replaced. It is all well and good to say players deserve a fair run in the side, but when they keep turning in poor performances, then eventually they have to be replaced by players in form on the county circuit.
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Poor technique from batsmen when under pressure
The top three English batsmen were all out caught behind in the second innings, and all were guilty of poor shots, flashing at balls bowled outside off stump. That is not bad luck, it is bad technique when put under extreme pressure.
Aussies now on a roll
Australian captain Michael Clarke said after their first test defeat in Cardiff that they would bounce back, and how right he was. England might have been on a high after their first test victory, but it was Australia who turned up at Lords with the determination to right a few wrongs.
There was never a doubt once Clarke won the toss, that Australia were gunning for England and they had the home team running for cover from the very outset.
Can England bounce back?
With the series now level at 1-1, Australia has the momentum and must be clear favourites to win the series. Alastair Cook's men now have to show their character and prove to the public they are capable of competing and beating the Aussies. After receiving such a trouncing at Lords, the coaching staff have a very hard job on their hands to reverse the momentum.
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