England crushed Australia by a huge margin of 347 runs in the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Sunday thereby taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

The result of the match was a foregone conclusion, some would say, right on Day Two when Australia were bowled out for 128 after England posted 361 in the first innings. Then, after the hosts declared their second innings on 349 for seven, setting Australia a next to impossible target of 583, even a miracle would have seemed insufficient to save them.

However, the manner in which Australia collapsed for the second straight time in the match reads a sorry tale of what was once a world-beating team. In the first Test at Trent Bridge, Australia, counted as underdogs, gave England a right run for their money before slipping to a narrow 14-run loss. Expectations were high for an exciting Ashes series, but after the damp squib at Lord's neutrals of the game would only feel sorry after witnessing Australia's double capitulation.