ENG Vs AUS Ashes 2nd Test, Day 2 Highlights: England At 278/4 At the end of Day 2

England vs Australia, a thrilling cricket battle on the second day of the Ashes 2nd Test at Lord's. The day witnessed a total of 359 runs being scored and 9 wickets falling, making for an exciting cricketing spectacle.

The highlight of the day was Steve Smith's exceptional performance, where he scored his 32nd Test century for Australia. Despite losing wickets quickly in the first session of Day 2, Smith managed to steer the team towards a competitive total before falling to debutant Josh Tongue on 110 runs off 184 balls. Ollie Robinson took the final Australian wicket, and the visitors were all out for 416 runs.

In response, England started their innings with a quick scoring rate, appearing to be in control. However, Australia resorted to a barrage of short-pitched deliveries in the third session, which led to England losing three crucial wickets, including that of Joe Root. Ben Stokes and Harry Brook then stabilized the innings for England, helping them finish the day at 278/4, trailing Australia by 138 runs.

The day witnessed a shift in momentum as England's strong grip on the match loosened due to a collapse of 34 for 3 in 7.3 overs. England had earlier dismissed Australia for 416 runs, taking the final five wickets for just 65 runs. However, a series of unnecessary wickets lost by England, including those of Ollie Pope, Ben Duckett, and Joe Root, allowed Australia to regain some control.

Despite the setbacks, England managed to reach the end of the day without further losses. Harry Brook played a flighty innings, remaining unbeaten on 45, while Ben Stokes provided stability with a composed 17 not out off 57 deliveries. England now trails Australia by 138 runs, setting the stage for an intriguing day three.

The match also witnessed significant events, such as Nathan Lyon suffering a calf injury, which is likely to prevent him from bowling for the remainder of the Test. Additionally, Josh Tongue continued to impress, adding to his wicket tally by dismissing key players like Usman Khawaja, David Warner, and Steve Smith.

As the match progresses, the focus will be on how Brook and Stokes approach the game on day three. England will be eager to capitalize on Lyon's absence and build a strong partnership to close the gap on Australia's lead. With plenty of action still to come, fans can expect another thrilling day of Ashes cricket at Lord's.