Walking out to bat on Day Three along with captain Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes scored a gritty 87 runs before he was bowled by Mitchell Marsh in the second Test at Lord’s. Stokes with Cook registered a 145-run partnership for the fifth wicket. However, England were bowled out for 312, with Marsh scalping the two big wickets of Stokes and Cook. Speaking about the day’s play, Stokes said, “We spoke briefly in the changing room there at the end and we’ve got to get our heads round the fact we’re probably going to have to bat 150 overs to try to save the game. If there’s ever a wicket to do it on, it’s this one. I probably only need one word for it (wicket) — flat. There’s no real demons in it, not too much pace and not too much turn. Looking back we’ve just got to assess ‘did we choose the correct shots, and did we execute what we wanted to do?’. We probably didn’t, but it’s something to learn from.”

England were dismissed for 312 in reply to Australia’s first innings 566 for eight declared, a deficit of 254 runs, after tea on the third day of the second Test at Lord’s on Saturday. Although England were 55 runs shy of avoiding the follow-on, Australia captain Michael Clarke decided against making them bat again. Cook, the England captain, top-scored with 96 and Stokes scored 87 after his side had slumped to 30 for four on Friday. Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took three for 53 and fellow quick Josh Hazlewood three for 68. Stokes and Cook, who each made hundreds during England’s last Test at Lord’s, against New Zealand in May, both played on to medium-pacer Marsh. All-rounder Marsh, recalled after Shane Watson was dropped following England’s 169-run win in the first Test in Cardiff last week, took two for 23. England lead the five-match series 1-0, with Australia looking to win their first Ashes campaign in Britain in 14 years.