LONDON – Australia slumped to 80/4 on the third day of a soggy second Ashes Test before persistent rain wiped out two more sessions on Friday, leaving England’s bowling attack frustrated and a draw the most likely result at Lord’s.
With the entire first day having already been washed out at the home of cricket, time is running out for either side to force a victory – though England might now be the favourites.
Having eked out a first-innings total of 258 on Thursday, England used bowler-friendly overhead conditions to plunge the Australians from 60/1 to 71/4 after they resumed on 30/1.
Cameron Bancroft (13), Usman Khawaja (36) and Travis Head (7) fell in the space of 7.3 overs, and Steve Smith – the key batsman in Australia’s line-up – was battling hard on 13 from 40 balls when the rain arrived a few minutes before lunch was due.
The teams left the field and didn’t return, with play abandoned for the day about 5.20pm local time.