England vs Australia Live Cricket Score, Ashes 2013 2nd Test: Ian Bell brings up half-century

Ian Bell brought up his second successive century in the third session © Getty Images

Jul 18, 2013

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Eng 289/7 | Overs 89 | Bresnan 7*, Anderson 4* (STUMPS – Day 1)

England take stumps at 289 for seven, giving Australia a slight edge going into Day Two. Steven Smith’s three for 18 got Australia back into the match after it seemed as if Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow were running towards a huge total. Join us again tomorrow for Day Two.

Read the Day 1 report here.

Eng 283/7 | Overs 85 | Bresnan 5*, Anderson 0* OUT! Prior 6

There’s the third one! Smith finds Prior’s edge this time and he’s got a second consecutive three-for at Lord’s after his three for 51 against Pakistan at Lord’s.

Eng 279/6 | Overs 81 | Prior 2*, Bresnan 5*  OUT! Bairstow 67

Would you believe it? Steven Smith has another wicket! Off a full toss this time, no less. On a delivery that should have been smacked over long off, Bairstow can only hit it meekly straight back to the bowler. Australia had the new ball availabe, but Clarke decided to give Smith another go. The gamble sure has paid off.

Eng 271/5 | Overs 76 | Bairstow 66*, Prior 0* OUT! Bell 109

And he’s gone! Bell’s gone! And to think that all it took was a part-timer. With none of his top five bowlers able to get any breakthrough, Clarke decides to get young Steven Smith into the attack. And Smith responds by finding Bell’s edge that is snapped up by Clarke at first slip. Bell’s gone for his second consecutive 109.

Eng 267/4 | Overs 75 | Bell 105*, Bairstow 66*

Ian Bell brings up his third century in consecutive Test matches against Australia with a steer past point for a single. He came in under pressure with England on 28 for three and has played a fabulous knock to follow up his Trent Bridge heroics.

Meanwhile, as the runs continue to pile on at Lord’s, the Stuart Broad jokes continue to rain:

Eng 250/4 | Overs 72 | Bell 93*, Bairstow 62*

Drinks in the final session of Day One as England continue to surge ahead on this flat track. Australia are toiling in the sun to no avail.

Eng 229/4 | Overs 63 | Bell 84*, Bairstow 51*

Bairstow brings up his fifty off 96 deliveries and his partnership with Bell has crossed the 100 mark. The track is now flat as ever as England continue to milk the runs and Australia don’t appear to have any answers. It’s up to England now to put on as many runs as possible in the first innings.

Some optimism (sarcasm ?) from Michael Vaughan:

Eng 183/4 | Overs 53 | Bell 62*, Bairstow 28* (TEA – Day 1)

Some drama as the second session comes to a close. Bairstow was clean bowled by Siddle, but replays showed that there was a hint of overstepping. The third umpire felt that Siddle’s foot had landed ahead of the line, although it was a very marginal call. England reached the break with no further damage, and scored 103 runs for the loss of one wicket in the session.

Read the tea report here.

Eng 161/4 | Overs 45 | Bell 50*, Bairstow 19*

Bell brings up his fifty with an uppish slice that flew just inches past the diving Phil Hughes at point. It’s been a delightful little innings from Bell so far. His confidence seems to have skied after the century at Trent Bridge.

Eng 141/4 | Overs 40 | Bell 44*, Bairstow 10*

New batsman Jonny Bairstow has joined a confident looking Ian Bell in the middle. Bell has hit eight fours in his 44 so far and is not afraid to play his shots.


Eng 127/4 | Overs 34 | Bell 27*, Bairstow 0* OUT! Trott 58

Trott top-edges Ryan Harris’s short-pitched delivery high up in the air towards deep mid-wicket where Usman Khawaja runs in to take the catch. Australia have the breakthrough they wanted and England’s surge after lunch should end now. The partnership with Bell was worth 99 runs. Harris, meanwhile, has his third wicket.


Eng 105/3 | Overs 30 | Trott 53*, Bell 27*

Jonathan Trott brings up his fifty as England cross the 100 mark in the second session. This is turning out to be a good partnership between these two.

Eng 80/3 | Overs 26 | Trott 34*, Bell 23* (LUNCH – Day 1)

England have reached the lunch break without further damage. Trott and Bell have done well since coming together at 28 for three. They would look to carry on and post a big one.

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Eng 56/3 | Overs 18 | Trott 22*, Bell 14*

Trott and Bell have done well to steady the early wobbles of the England ship. They have negotiated a probing spell of full-pitched bowling from the Australian quicks really well. Still no spin for Australia as we approach the last half hour of play before lunch.

Eng 38/3 | Overs 12 | Trott 13*, Bell 5*

Trott and Bell are playing for their lives here. Big partnership, this, for England. The Australians are not making it any easier and are being extremely chirpy, according to the commentators.


Eng 28/3 | Overs 6 | Trott 8*, Bell 0* OUT! Root 6, Pietersen 2

More drama as Ryan Harris raps Joe Root in front, and is given out. Root goes for the review and Hot Spot shows the white spot of bat hitting something. The question is whether it hit the ball or the pad, to which it was very close to. After a lot of replays, the third umpire decides that the ball hit the pad firstbat hit pad, and not ball. More DRS controversy?

Harris isn’t done yet as he gets the dangerous Kevin Pietersen to edge one to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin! What a sensational start we’re having here!


Eng 26/1 | Overs 5 | Root 6*, Trott 0* OUT! Cook 12

Michael Clarke brings on Shane Watson straight away in the fifth over (Don’t see eye to eye, is it?) replacing James Pattinson. And Watson responds to his captain’s faith immediately as he traps Alastair Cook in front. This is a big wicket for Australia! The England skipper is gone within five overs.

England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Test of the Ashes 2013 at Lord’s.

Australia have gone in for a couple of changes in their side, bringing in Ryan Harris and Usman Khawaja for Mitchell Starc and Ed Cowan, respectively. “I do not have much of a say in the selection and so I back the selectors,” says Clarke. “Harris gives aggression to the bowling. Khawaja has been in superb form in the last 12 months.”

England, on the other hand, have just the one change. They have picked Tim Bresnan in place of Steven Finn.


England: Alastair Cook (c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

Australia: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke (c), Phillip Hughes, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Ashton Agar.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the most-awaited blockbuster series of the season, the Ashes 2013. After an excruciatingly narrow 14-run loss at Trent Bridge, Michael Clarke & Co. will look to get the better of England and level the five-match series in the second Test at Lord’s. For that, however, they have to play out of their skins like they did in the 1st Test. Can England carry the momentum forward and go 2-0 up? Or will Australia manage to pull one back? We will only know over the course of the next five days starting today.

I am Jaideep Vaidya and I will be bringing you momentary updates of the match.