Aussies slump in rain-hit Test

Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer

England were beaten comprehensively by 251 runs by Australia in the first Test at Edgbaston last week with Archer left out with a side injury.

After suffering from an embarrassing 251-run defeat in the Edgbaston Test, England will aim to bounce back and level the series when they meet Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's beginning Wednesday.

But that was time enough for Australia, 1-0 up in the five-match series, to lose three wickets for 11 runs en route to a stumps score of 80-4, 178 runs behind England's first-innings 258.

"Having said that, he's very impressive".

"So he's a guy that will take a bit of getting used to for batsmen, because he's different and quick through the air".

"It's been in white-ball cricket but we've actually faced him in Australia where conditions suit fast bowling".

Cameron Bancroft was five not out and Usman Khawaja 18 not out following a lively opening spell by Archer, in for the injured James Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, late on Thursday. Stuart Broad praised the youngster in the post-match presentation, saying, "Jofra has got all the attributes and is already a successful worldwide cricketer and there are times when he will blow teams away".

Denly will nearly certainly escape the axe, at least in the squad, because England believe it is not fair to drop someone after only four Tests, even if he is averaging 21 and, aged 33, does not have too much potential for growth.

"He's still learning his trade a little bit, but he's doing it with great success".

It was not just Smith's brilliance which would have pleased the management.

Wade, full of confidence after scoring a hundred in the first Test, was still there along with Smith when lunch was called with rain falling and a strong prospect there may not be any further play on Friday.

"The key to doing well over here is to not have a disastrous session", said Waugh.

"Whether it's a green top or a dry wicket, we have really good options", said Langer.

Meanwhile, former England skipper Michael Vaughan said he expects Archer to "have an impact" at Lord's if he is given his debut.

"We'd need to bowl Australia out by lunch tomorrow (Saturday)", he explained. "I think I ended up going past the number of overs they told me to bowl in the game so I think it was a good practice".