Australia won against England in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground, securing a strong 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The match was exciting, with England’s captain, Ben Stokes, delivering an impressive performance. Stokes played a heroic innings that almost led his team to victory, but Australia ultimately came out on top.
Australia set a challenging target of 371 runs for England, who started their chase on the fourth day at 112 for 4. The situation seemed dire, but Stokes, showcasing unwavering determination and resilience, launched a remarkable counterattack to keep England’s hopes alive.
Stokes, batting at No.6, displayed unmatched skill and power as he scored a magnificent 155 runs off just 213 deliveries. His innings was punctuated with 18 boundaries including 9 fours and 9 sixes, showcasing his ability to dominate the Australian bowlers. Stokes’ century, his 13th in Test cricket, was a masterclass in attacking batting and provided a glimmer of hope for England’s victory.
However, despite Stokes’ exceptional efforts, his dismissal at the hands of Josh Hazlewood proved to be a turning point in the match. England’s remaining wickets fell quickly, and Australia emerged triumphant, winning the match by a margin of 43 runs.
Stokes’ incredible innings did not go unnoticed, earning praise from cricketers around the world. Indian cricket icon Virat Kohli took to Twitter to express his admiration, calling Stokes the most competitive player he has ever faced. Kohli’s tweet acknowledged Stokes’ exceptional performance while recognizing Australia’s strength as a team.
Australian batting maestro Steve Smith also lauded Stokes’ extraordinary innings, referring to him as a “freak.” Smith commended Stokes’ ability to deliver under pressure and his audacious stroke play. Recognizing the exceptional talent and fighting spirit of Stokes, Smith praised his remarkable innings.
With Australia now holding a commanding 2-0 lead in the Ashes series, England will be eager to stage a comeback in the upcoming third Test at Headingley, starting on July 6.