England move closer to crushing win
Phil Hughes (left) of Australia talks to Usman Khawaja before referring his dismissal to the third umpire. London – England moved remorselessly towards a crushing victory within four days over Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Sunday after setting the visitors a target of 583 to win. After batting throughout Saturday's third day, Alastair Cook declared his team's second innings closed on 349 for seven after Joe Root had been dismissed for 180.
However, the young Yorkshireman had added only two to his overnight total when he tried an ambitious scoop shot over his head off Ryan Harris. The ball looped to Steve Smith at third man and he gratefully accepted the catch.
Jonny Bairstow was the only other batsman to fall in the final 15 minutes of the England innings after hitting Ashton Aghar straight back over his head for six. Bairstow played an indifferent shot outside his off-stump to Harris and was caught behind for 20.
Matt Prior was the not out batsman on one, surviving a simple caught-and-bowled chance when he pushed a delivery from left-arm spinner Agar straight back to the bowler who spilled the catch.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily News