As many predicted, Australia’s Test side is facing all sorts of criticism from their recent poor performance. In the 2nd Test, held at the famous Lord’s Oval, England smashed Australia’s batting, running home comfortably by 347 runs. False hope was gifted to many of the Aussie faithful when England, batting first, was lost Cook, Root and Pieterson early, and were at 3 for 28.
A strong century from Bell and 58 from Jonathon Trott just about sealed Australia’s fate as they were bowled out for 361. Australia’s woeful 128 in reply was all but deserved, and the match was decided.
As I mentioned last test, the Australians are in all sorts of trouble, nearing their worst run of Test matches ever. This, their 6th, hasn’t happened since Kim Hughes’ team lost 6 straight Tests v West Indies in 1984.
As for the Ashes, the Aussies have lost 4 consecutive Tests against England for the first time since losing 5 in a row between 1926 & 1929.
It wasn’t much surprise that runs weren’t being put on the Australian scoreboard, given Hughes, Siddle, Cowan and Smith all have the top 4 highest Test defensive shot percentages of 2013 (min. 500 balls).
There just seems to be something about the Poms we can’t squash. Since January 2010 Michael Clarke averages only 22.7 against England (13 innings). Against all other teams he averages 61.9 (54 inns).
Australia crumbled at the likes of Swann, who continued his good form taking 9 wickets. His 2nd innings figures of 5-44 are his best figures posted in Ashes cricket in England.
The Poms seemed relentless in their attack. 46 of the 61 run partnership between Broad and Swann were boundaries.
It was a victory at England’s most famous ground, and one that threw up many interesting stats.
For the home side, it was their first consecutive Ashes Tests wins since since winning their first 2 at Lord’s in 1884 & 1886.
Their 347-run win was their largest run-margin Test victory at the ground ever. Their previous best was a 247-run win against India back in 1990.
Joe Root’s incredible 180 in the 2nd innings means, that at 22 years of age, he was the youngest Englishman to make a century at Lords.
Since M. Hussey’s ton at The Oval in 2009, there have been 15 Ashes tons. 12, including the last 7, have been hit by England players.
Stats compiled from OptaSports