820-10 (Australia), 415-20 (England). Twice the number of wicket for almost half the number of runs. The second Ashes Test was completely one sided. How did England go from winning with a day to spare, to losing with a day to spare?
What a turnaround. From day one it was Australia’s test. There was no competition at all. It was a completely different test to the one that Lords had seen just two months ago when England played New Zealand. The New Zealand Test was one of the most thrilling matches England had played in a long time. This time however, England were as lifeless as the wicket.
337/1 on day one for Australia who won a vital toss. After the removal of David Warner at 78, it was plain sailing for the visitors. Chris Rogers and Steve Smith continued to bat superbly through day two score 173 and 215 respectively. They set the base for Australia who declared at 566/8.
England could not even reach the score Australia ended day one on. 312 all out. Only Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes scored half centuries but neither could go on and convert them into 100s as wickets continued to fall around them. England fell 254 runs short.
Australia continued to pummel England as they scored at almost 5.2 runs an over. They topped up their score by another 254 runs in two sessions and left England with another 500+ target to reach with five sessions to bat.
508 was the target and it took 37 overs for England to be taken apart in the second innings. They were all out for 103 runs. Stuart Broad was the top scorer with 25. On a wicket where it was almost impossible for England to remove the Australian Batsmen, England could not bat through the length of an ODI. It was their 4th worst defeat ever.
If England can bounce back the way Australia did from the first Test, this could be a fantastic series. They will have to work extremely hard to not go back to their old defensive ways.