LONDON – Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood took two early wickets as England battled to 76/2 at lunch on the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Thursday.
The first day was washed out by rain, but the skies were clear on a blustery morning when Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and sent the hosts in to bat, looking for early wickets as the touring side bid to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.
Jason Roy lasted three balls, flashing wildly at his first before edging a lifting Hazlewood delivery to wicket-keeper Paine for nought.
Captain Joe Root survived a few testing overs and twice drove Pat Cummins sweetly to the extra cover boundary before, on 14, he was trapped lbw by Hazlewood with a delivery that jagged back and kept low.
Rory Burns, who made a patient century in the first Test at Edgbaston, dug in to play the anchor role again.