Australia hold out for draw in dramatic final day of 2nd Ashes Test

Australia hold out for draw in dramatic final day of 2nd Ashes Test

Australia survived a day of nerves at Lord’s on Sunday, as they managed to hold out for a draw in the 2nd Ashes Test. They were 154/6 when the umpires called the day’s play to a close, trailing England by 113 runs.

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow took England from a position of risk to a position from where they could hope to actually win the match with their blistering partnership early on Day 5. (Reuters)

Tim Paine has a chat with Bairstow after a review goes against Australia. By the time lunch had come around, Australia's chances of getting anything from the match was as good as over. (Reuters)

Ben Stokes takes the cheers of the crowd as England declare. Australia were given a target of 267 to chase down in around 50 overs. (Reuters)

Jofra Archer got the hosts to a wondrous start, getting David Warner and Usman Khawaja cheaply. (Reuters)

Archer, in an ironical twist of fate, struck Steve Smith's concussion substitute Marnus Labuschagne with a bouncer as well in the 2nd innings. (Reuters)

Archer bowled fire in the evening session, cranking up his pace to inch close to 150kph. He might just have been making his Test debut, but Australians found him too hot to handle. (Reuters)

Archer claimed three wickets in the innings. When he got Tim Paine out, Australia were in crisis with the lower order exposed with around 7 overs still to play. (Reuters)

It was Marnus Labuschagne who turned out to be the super sub for Australia. His 59 was the highest Aus score in the 2nd innings. (Reuters)

As light dimmed, the umpires stipulated that pace would not be allowed any more. With around 4 overs left in the day, Joe Denly and Jack Leach bowled from either end as England brought in all their fielders. (Reuters)

Umpire Aleem Dar brought the day's play to a close in the middle of an over by Leach. Australia were trailing England by 113 runs with 4 wickets in hand at close of play. (Reuters)