Nathan Lyon of Australia displayed immense determination as he bravely took to the field at Lord’s despite suffering a significant calf strain earlier in the week. Facing an exuberant English bowling attack, Lyon’s presence became crucial for the Australian team.
England’s bowlers unleashed a barrage of short deliveries, causing Australia to lose wickets at regular intervals. Following the lunch break, Ollie Robinson swiftly dismissed Cameron Green and Alex Carey, while Stuart Broad claimed the wicket of captain Pat Cummins. England skipper Ben Stokes then accounted for Josh Hazlewood, leaving Australia struggling at 264/9.
Lyon sustained his injury while chasing a high catch during the second day of the Ashes test. With visible discomfort, he hobbled back to the pavilion with assistance. Yet, on Saturday, despite enduring immense pain, he courageously crossed the pitch to complete a single and decided to persist.
In a thrilling display, England made a strong comeback before lunch on the fourth day, taking three crucial Australian wickets. Stuart Broad secured two dismissals, while Josh Tongue eliminated the prolific Steve Smith. This reduced Australia to 222 for five, having started the day at 130-2.
While Australia extended their lead to a formidable 313 runs, a historically challenging advantage in test cricket, England now senses an opportunity to level the series. The thrilling two-wicket loss in the opening match at Edgbaston has invigorated England’s hopes of a comeback.