Alastair Cook and his team will be looking to snub the Australians once again as the two teams face up at Lord's for the second Ashes Test. Catch all the highlights and more right here...
23:20 (IST) - STUMPS! England end Day 1 on 289 for 7 in 89 overs with Tim Bresnan 7* and James Anderson 4* at the crease. Ian Bell scored his 19th ton, while Jonathan Trott and Jonny Bairstow scored a fifty each. For Australia, Ryan Harris and Steven Smith bagged three wickets apiece and Shane Watson got one.
23:13 (IST) - Australia have taken the second new ball. Two more overs remain after this. Tim Bresnan and James Anderson are at the crease. Australia are well in control.
23:00 (IST) - WICKET! Steve Smith is on fire at Lord's. This time it is Matt Prior who makes a long walk back to pavilion. Matt Prior (6) c Brad Haddin b Steven Smith.
22:57 (IST) - STAT! Ian Bell became the fourth England player to score centuries in three consecutive Ashes Tests after Chris Broad, Wally Hammond and Jack Hobbs.
22:43 (IST) - WICKET! Jonathan Bairstow is out. It was a low full toss from Steven Smith and Bairstow plays it uppishly back to bowler. Smith dives towards his left and takes a clean catch. Soft dismissal! Jonathan Bairstow (67) c and b Steven Smith.
22:27 (IST) - WICKET! Ian Bell departs after scoring a century. Change in bowling does the trick. It was a flighted delivery from Steve Smith and Bell pokes at it and Michael Clarke makes no mistake at first slip. That also brings an end to 144-run stand between him and Jonathan Bairstow for the fifth wicket. Ian Bell (109) c Michael Clarke b Steven Smith.
22:17 (IST) - CENTURY! Ian Bell continues his good run-of-form as he scores his 19th Test century. This is also his second ton in this series.
21:55 (IST) - STAT! This is Jonny Bairstow's third fifty in-a-row at Lord's.
21:45 (IST) - Ian Bell survives a run out as Brad Haddin fumbles a sharp throw by Usman Khawaja from mid on.
21:25 (IST) - FIFTY! Jonny Bairstow scores his 4th half-century in Tests. Ian Bell and Bairstow have put on a century-run stand for the 5th wicket. England 227 for 4 after 62.1 overs.
21:04 (IST) - 200 up for England. Ian Bell looking solid and Jonny Bairstow is in 40s now. Run rate: 3.50.
20:50 (IST) - Ryan Harris and Shane Watson start after tea. England 189 for 4 after 55 overs. Run rate: 3.44. (Read tea report)
20:25 (IST) - TEA! England are 183 for 4 in 53 overs with Ian Bell (62*) and Jonathan Bairstow (28*) at the crease. The duo has added 56 runs in their partnership of 5th wicket. Bairstow survived after being bowled by Peter Siddle off a no-ball. England lost Jonathan Trott after he scored his fifty, while Ryan Harris has completed 50 Test wickets.
20:18 (IST) - Ian Bell (58*) and Jonathan Bairstow (28*) have added 50 runs for the 5th wicket. England 179/4 after 51 overs.
20:12 (IST) - 20:12 (IST) - Jonathan Bairstow survives after being clean bowled by Peter Siddle. Umpire checks for a no-ball and Siddle is found guilty for over stepping. Lucky Bairstow!
19:51 (IST) - FIFTY! Ian Bell reaches his 36th half-century with a four towards point boundary. Bell has scored 9 boundaries in his knock so far. His partnership with Jonathan Bairstow has now reached 34.
19:42 (IST) - STAT! England batsman Ian Bell has reached 1000 runs in Tests at Lord's. He is the eighth batsmen to achieve the feat.
19:32 (IST) - It's been an hour into second session and Ryan Harris has brought Australia back on top. Jonathan Trott is back in pavilion after scoring a fifty, while Ian Bell is nearing another half-century. Jonathan Bairstow is the new man.
19:20 (IST) - STAT! Jonathan Trott has become Ryan Harris' 50th wicket in Test matches. Harris' career-best spell is 6 for 47 in an innings.
19:03 (IST) - WICKET! Jonathan Trott departs after scoring a fifty. Ryan Harris bags his third wicket. It was short delivery and Trott opted for a pull but ended up top edging it to Usman Khawaja at deep square leg. Jonathan Trott (58) c Usman Khawaja b Ryan Harris.
18:59 (IST) - Just two-and-a half-years ago, Australia's quest to regain the Ashes left Ryan Harris at the lowest ebb of his cricket career. But the injury-hit pace bowler finally put those painful memories to rest with a devastating spell that had England reeling on the opening day of the second Test at Lord's. (Read full report)
18:43 (IST) - Fifty! Jonathan Trott reaches his seventeenth Test half-century with a boundary. The partnership between him and Ian Bell grows to 77.
18:33 (IST) - Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell start aggressively after lunch. Trott unsettles Peter Siddle with two fours while Bell drives James Pattinson through covers for a boundary.
18:25 (IST) - The post lunch session is about to start and pacer Peter Siddle will be in attack.
17:47 (IST) - Lunch! England are 80 for 3 in 26 overs at the end of first session. Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell have fought well to add 52 runs in their partnership. Ryan Harris picked up 2 wickets, while Shane Watson got one. (Read lunch report)
17:43 (IST) - Jonathan Trott (34*) and Ian Bell (22*) have added 50 runs for the 4th wicket. Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar comes into the attack.
17:36 (IST) - The partnership between Jonathan Trott (31*) and Ian Bell (18*) grows to 43.
17:17 (IST) - Australia introduce pacer Peter Siddle as their fourth bowler. Jonathan Trott (22*) and Ian Bell (14*) have looked solid so far.
17:02 (IST) - Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott have added 20 runs for the 4th wicket and are looking solid at the moment. Australia have used three bowlers so far and Ashton Agar is seen warming up. (In pic: Ryan Harris and Co. celebrate the wicket of Joe Root)
16:38 (IST) - Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are at the crease and are looking to rebuild England's innings. 11 overs have been bowled and Australian bowlers have given nothing away.
16:18 (IST) - WICKET! England lose their third and it's the big one of Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen pokes a moving delivery and gets a faint outside edge to keeper Brad Haddin off Ryan Harris. Kevin Pietersen (2) c Brad Haddin b Ryan Harris.
16:12 (IST) - WICKET! That's that as far as the England openers are concerned. Joe Root follows his skipper back. He too is trapped LBW (on 6) and this time it's Harris who inflicts the damage. Joe Root (6) lbw b Ryan Harris
16:04 (IST) - WICKET! Early strike for Australia as Shane Watson traps Alastair Cook LBW on 12. Cook had looked in great touch with two confident shots to the fence earlier but failed to negotiate a slightly inward Watson delivery. Clarke the happiest! Alastair Cook (12) lbw b Shane Watson
15:53 (IST) - Ryan Harris bowls the second over - a maiden. The 33-year-old gets some away movement but nothing to trouble the batsmen with. Can be dangerous as the match progresses though. He has played 12 Tests so far and has 46 wickets to show for his efforts.
15:44 (IST) - England openers Alastair Cook and Joe Root make their way to the middle after a loud applause. James Pattinson starts proceedings for Australia.
15:28 (IST) - Recap: Toss report from the second Test at the Lord's
15:26 (IST) - Continuing with light humour surrounding the starting of the second Test, here some stand-out funny quips on Twitter:
Queen: "And what does one do?" Clarke: "Opens the batting mate. Along with number two."— tomfordyce (@tomfordyce) July 18, 2013
Congratulations to the England players on remembering to shake hands rather than touch knuckles with the queen— richard hobson (@richardjhobson) July 18, 2013
1517 (IST) - Queen Elizabeth II meets with England and Australian players! A noted cricket commentator made an observation a while back which read on the following lines:
"Queen of England to review the on-field rivals. Will this count as an English review then???"
1505 (IST) - Squads:
England: A Cook, J Root, J Trott, K Pietersen, I Bell, J Bairstow, M Prior, T Bresnan, S Broad, G Swann and J Anderson
Australia: S Watson, C Rogers, U Khawaja, P Hughes, M Clarke, S Smith, B Haddin, A Agar, P Siddle, J Pattinson and R Harris
14:56 (IST) - Toss! England skipper Alastair Cook calls it right and the hosts will bat first against Australia. Steve Finn misses out and Tim Bresnan will play. Australia have two changes - Khawaja and Harris play.
14:40 (IST) - And the gates at the Lord's have been opened! A long line of spectators streaming in for the first day's play of the second Ashes Test. A lot of commentators and cricket experts here had been tweeting on the long lines outside the venue and about the eagerness to witness the epic battle. It truly is a special sight for cricket to see fans come out in huge numbers for a Test match.
14:30 (IST) - More proof that 400 may well just be a par total of the Lord's track here:
13:55 (IST) - Lord's in numbers: Interestingly, nine of the last ten Tests played here have produced results. More interestingly, in eight of those matches, the team batting first has emerged as winner. Even more interestingly, England have lost just 2 of 19 previous Tests played here. And finally...every specialist English batsman as well as wicketkeeper Prior and Stuart Broad average more than 40 at this venue!
13:42 (IST) - According to news reports coming in, Australia XI has been confirmed for the Lord's Test. Mitchell Starc and Ed Cowan have been dropped while Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris will play for the visitors. (Confirmed report: Khawaja, Ryan Harris to play)
13:35 (IST) - Latest about the playing track: Here is what Michael Vaughan felt about the pitch when asked about it by Flintoff on Twitter -
13:17 (IST) - Weather update: It is currently 19C in London. A heat wave alert has been issued in the city with temperatures expected to touch 32C today. The level three alert is one below national emergency! (Read report here)
13:15 (IST): While things are heating up ahead of the start of the 2nd Test, here is what Alastair Cook found funny.
A woman fainted during his press conference yesterday. While he was concerned about her health, he later told journalists that they would now surely write about the incident rather than about his plans for the Test. "I must be boring." (Read full report here)
1300 (IST): Quotable quotes - While Alastair Cook has reportedly told his batsmen to stand their ground till given out, Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann want their batsmen to step up and score big.
12:50 (IST): A very interesting point to note is that the Test starting today is set to be the richest international cricket match ever held in England!
According to The Telegraph, 10 million pounds from gate receipts alone will be collected with tickets on all five days sold out. 29,000 spectators will be in attendance each day. Did someone say Test cricket was dying?
12:30 (IST) - It would be very interesting to see how DRS behaves in the Test. This after the ICC admitted that seven errors were made in the opening Test. (Read here)
12:20 (IST) - Hosts England may not appear as an unbreakable force anymore but are confident. Did you know? the hosts have won 14 out of the 34 Ashes Tests played at the Lord's. Australia have won 6 with 14 draws.
Such is the significance of the series that Queen Elizabeth II is expected to be present to watch the action live. Talk about 'Royal pressure and expectations!' (Read full report here)
12:10 (IST) - A lot has transpired since the end of the Trent Bridge Test. While the English team have gone from celebration to realisation and assessment before gearing up for the second Test, Australian cricket has been rocked by revelations made by former coach Mickey Arthur. (Read: Clarke called Watson 'cancer of team', says Arthur)
Clarke though has said his team is under no pressure after the allegations.
12:00 (IST) - England team is confident and brimming with confidence after their win at the Trent Bridge. It was a win though that was hardly convincing and this would convince the Australians that they have a strong chance of staging a comeback. Players, fans, pundits - in fact the entire cricketing fraternity gears up for what promises to be another thrilling encounter between the rivals. (Catch the preview of Ashes 2nd Test here)
Story first published on: Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:41 IST