Alastair Cook scored his 28th Test ton © Getty Images
Alastair Cook scored his 43rd Test fifty © Getty Images

Alastair Cook survived a tough period of play with the ball reversing but missed out on his 28th Test hundred in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, London when he departed for 96. He played a captain’s knock to give his team something to feel good about with a gusty knock. The innings kept the Australian bowlers at bay for most part of play. Stuart Broad is batting with Moeen Ali right now and is looking good for more runs. England are currently for  the loss of five wickets and closing in on avoiding the follow-on mark which is runs away. Live cricket updates: England vs Australia, 2nd Ashes 2015 Test, Day 3

Jos Buttler had survived a scare when he edged one behind the wickets of the bowling of Mitchell Johnson but the keeper Peter Nevill had grassed a really good take. Buttler did not last long as he was caught behind just when Nathan Lyon was introduced into the attack. And just after it, Cook pulled one straight to Steven Smith at backward square who dropped a tough chance. Buttler departed though caught behind soon for a score of 13.

Australia had England in all sorts of trouble towards the end of Day Two, reducing them to 30 for four. The visitors declared for a score of 566 for eight after Steven Smith scored a brilliant 215, Chris Rogers (173) was impressive as well. Australia then breathe fire and had England in tatters before Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes revived them with a 145-run stand to leave England 181 for five at Lunch earlier on Saturday. Catch live cricket scores and updates of England vs Australia 2nd Ashes 2015 Test at Lord’s, Day 3 here