Jofra Archer claimed his first Test wicket.as England struck three times in the morning session of what was forecast to be a rain-hit third day against Australia at Lord's.

The tourists dominated Thursday's play in the second Ashes Test as they targeted a 2-0 series lead, bowling England out for only 258 and closing on 30-1.

With wet weather expected for the rest of Friday, Joe Root's home side needed to do damage before lunch and duly reduced Australia to 80-4 at the interval.

Debutant Archer removed Cameron Bancroft before Chris Woakes saw off Usman Khawaja (38) and Travis Head fell to Stuart Broad, but England were unable to claim the prized scalp of Steve Smith (13 not), who scored a century in both innings in Australia's win at Edgbaston.

Left-hander Khawaja brought up the team's 50 with a streaky boundary when Woakes was brought into the attack after Archer and Broad struggled early on.

Root persisted with World Cup star Archer and the quick got a much-needed breakthrough with a delivery which struck Bancroft in front after nipping in sharply off the seam, umpire's call the verdict after the opener signalled for a review.

Woakes got in on the act with the second ball of the next over, Khawaja nibbling behind to an excellent delivery which moved away from the left-hander.

Australia were 60-3 after losing two wickets without scoring a run and they were four down when Broad snared Travis Head (7) lbw, England successfully reviewing when Aleem Dar curiously opted not to raise his finger.

Ben Stokes caused an otherwise untroubled Smith problems and Matthew Wade overturned an lbw decision when on nought, after being given out from a ball from the England all-rounder which pitched outside leg stump.

Wade, full of confidence after scoring a hundred in the first Test, was still there along with Smith when lunch was called with rain falling and a strong prospect there may not be any further play on Friday.

Rory Burns had no concerns about tackling Australia's pace attack and is backing England's bowlers, including Jofra Archer, to strike back against the tourists on day three.

Burns' 53 was crucial to England on day two of the second Ashes Test at Lord's, with the hosts stumbling to 258 all out.

Jonny Bairstow also scored a half-century before being caught by Usman Khawaja - who squandered a great chance to dismiss Burns earlier in the day.

England finished the day on a high, Stuart Broad dismissing David Warner as Australia managed to get to 30-1 at stumps.

Broad's fellow opening bowler Archer - on his England Test debut - wasted little time in getting stuck into Australia's order, delivering several bouncers as the light faded.

Australia's pacemen had shown a similar lack of mercy earlier in proceedings, with Burns receiving rough treatment, while Pat Cummins struck Chris Woakes on the helmet.

But England's opener had few issues with facing such fierce bowling.

"[Feeling] pretty good. It’s always nice to get in a scrap a little bit," Burns told a news conference.

"I got two in the same spot, which was nice. I got in amongst it and tried to tough it out.

"It's quite an obvious tactic of what they can do. The boys are preparing for it and in this game we can dish out some of our own again."

Asked if he believed Archer would be targeting Australia's batsmen with short deliveries, Burns added: "I'd have thought so. He copped a fair few so he's probably looking forward to getting his own back."

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon, who took three wickets, is not especially relishing facing Archer.

"Mate, I can't bat. What do you reckon?" Lyon joked when asked about the prospect in his news conference.

"Even though I can't bat, I'll give it a go. Unless you want to do it for me!"

Nathan Lyon conceded it felt special to match Australia great Dennis Lillee's haul of Test wickets as the tourists again took control against England in the Ashes.

Following their rampant 251-run win at Edgbaston in the series opener, Australia asked England to bat at Lord's and wasted little time getting among their opponents after a first-day washout.

Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow offered the most telling resistance with half-centuries, but three wickets apiece from off-spinner Lyon and seamers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood saw England dismissed for 258.

Bairstow was the last man out, caught by Usman Khawaja on the midwicket boundary – a moment that moved Lyon on to 355 scalps alongside celebrated paceman Lillee.

"I have always said I'm not about personal milestones or personal achievements, it’s about winning Test matches for Australia," Lyon told reporters after his side reached 30 for one at stumps, with Stuart Broad once again accounting for David Warner.

"I wasn't actually aware of it. I struggle to see myself up there with the likes of Lillee, [Shane] Warne, [Glenn] McGrath.

"To me they're greats of the game and I'm just some guy trying to bowl off-breaks.

"It's a special moment and hopefully a few more will come."

The recalled Hazlewood and Cummins, the latter who peppered England's batsman with a ferocious spell of short bowling after lunch, turned in performances that would undoubtedly have won Lillee's approval.

Burns was dropped by Khawaja, and Lyon felt Australia could have been in an even more commanding position.

"I don't think we have had our best day, we dropped a few catches," he said.

"But if we are batting at the end of the day we are pretty happy. We want to be a team that, no matter what we do first, we are competing and playing a positive brand of cricket."

Australia consolidated their commanding early position in the Ashes by dismissing England for 258 on day two of the second Test at Lord's.

Following a first-day washout, visiting captain Tim Paine won the toss and inserted England, with the frailties exposed in their 251-run defeat at Edgbaston again evident in the face of some supremely disciplined Australian bowling.

The tourists' attack was spearheaded by Josh Hazlewood (3-58), who missed out in Birmingham but set the tone with a high-class opening burst that accounted for Jason Roy and England captain Joe Root.

Pat Cummins (3-61) executed a short-pitched ploy impressively on a surface that showed a few signs of being two-paced, while England's first-Test tormentor Nathan Lyon (3-68) found turn to claim three scalps, including dismissing Ben Stokes for 13.

Half-centuries from Rory Burns (53) and Jonny Bairstow (52) gave England something vaguely useful to bowl at.

Stuart Broad dismissed David Warner for the third time in the series – a personal battle unquestionably going in England's favour. Nevertheless, as Australia closed on 30-1, the overall tide still felt some way from turning.

Paine's decision at the toss raised some eyebrows but Hazlewood was straight into his work, persuading Roy to fend into the slips with no runs on the board.

Root threaded two immaculate cover drives to the fence but was trapped plumb in front – Burns telling his skipper there was no point wasting a review.

Joe Denly and Burns saw England through to lunch at 76-2 before the former became Hazlewood's third victim for 30, edging a teasing delivery through to wicketkeeper Paine.

As was the case while making his maiden Test century at Edgbaston, Burns rode his luck at times and was put down by Usman Khawaja, but a sensational grab at short leg by Cameron Bancroft off Cummins ensured he would not cash in to the same extent.

That brought Jos Buttler and Stokes together, yet England's heroes on this ground a month ago in the Cricket World Cup final were denied the chance to produce similar heroics by Peter Siddle (1-48) and Lyon respectively.

Not for the first time of late, Chris Woakes came to the crease and batted with far more assurance than the specialists above him – adding 72 with Bairstow for the seventh wicket.

But Cummins struck the Warwickshire all-rounder with a painful blow to the helmet and he gloved the same bowler behind to bring in the tail.

Broad and Jofra Archer made breezy cameos alongside Bairstow, who was caught by Khawaja in the deep off Lyon to be the last man out, and the England pacemen set about the Australia top order.

Archer got the Lord's crowd going on his much-anticipated debut in the longest format and Broad brought one back through the gate to have more fun at Warner's expense. However, Bancroft just about survived to finish the day on five not out alongside Khawaja, who was unbeaten on 18 at stumps.

Australia capitalised on England's fragility with the bat by taking four wickets in the afternoon session on day two of the second Ashes Test at Lord's before Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes offered resistance.

Rory Burns (53) and Joe Denly (30) had steered England to 76-2 at lunch after the recalled Josh Hazlewood removed Jason Roy without scoring and Joe Root (14).

Burns, Denly, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were then all dismissed in the space of 14 overs on a good track under blue skies as captain Root's side were reduced to 138-6 at one stage, Hazlewood the pick of the bowlers with 3-42 after Australia skipper Tim Paine won the toss.

Jonny Bairstow (36 not out) and Chris Woakes (25no) produced an unbroken stand of 63, but England - who brought in Jofra Archer and Jack Leach for James Anderson and Moeen Ali - remained in trouble on 201-6 at tea.

The home team are eyeing victory in London after losing the first Test at Edgbaston.

Roy nibbled behind off Hazlewood's third ball and Root was trapped leg before by the paceman, who replaced the rested James Pattinson and made up for lost time after day one was washed out.

Usman Khawaja dropped Burns in the gully on 16, and Australia might have been concerned that could be costly as he put on 66 with Denly until the number four nicked Hazlewood behind early in the afternoon session.

Cameron Bancroft took a brilliant catch at short leg off a fired-up Pat Cummins to see the back of Burns, and an out-of-sorts Buttler was caught behind off Peter Siddle with his feet rooted to the crease.

England were in all sorts of trouble when Stokes was snared leg before attempting to paddle-sweep Nathan Lyon, but Bairstow and Woakes played positively to take England beyond 200.

Paine wasted a second review when Steve Smith thought he had Bairstow lbw playing no shot, but it was proving still very much to be Australia's day.

Warren Gatland challenged Wales to "step it up" as he named Dan Biggar as one of three changes to his starting line-up for the World Cup warm-up match against England on Saturday.

Wales missed the chance to replace New Zealand at the top of the rankings when they were beaten 33-19 by an experimental England side at Twickenham last weekend.

Gareth Anscombe suffered a knee injury which will keep him out of the World Cup in Japan as Eddie Jones' men ended the Grand Slam winners' 14-match winning run.

Biggar comes in at fly-half to replace Anscombe, while flanker James Davies and lock Jake Ball come in for the injured Adam Beard and Justin Tipuric in Cardiff.

Fit-again flanker Josh Navidi was named among the replacements, but scrum-half Tomos Williams (shoulder) remains sidelined.

Wales head coach Gatland said: "We were disappointed to get the loss last weekend, so it is important we step it up on Saturday and put in a big display in front of a packed Principality Stadium.

"The squad are looking forward to getting back out there, taking another step towards the Rugby World Cup and putting in a big performance."

Wales team to face England on Saturday: Liam Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (captain), Aaron Wainwright, James Davies, Ross Moriarty.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Aaron Shingler, Josh Navidi, Aled Davies, Jarrod Evans, Owen Watkin.

Eddie Jones has reminded his England squad "nothing has been achieved" heading into Saturday's World Cup warm-up match with Wales.

England claimed a 33-19 victory over the Six Nations champions on Sunday, and they face Warren Gatland's side again in Cardiff as World Cup preparations click into gear.

Ruaridh McConnochie - included in Jones' 31-man World Cup squad - will make his England debut at the Principality Stadium, while the visitors will be without the injured Sam Underhill and Tom Curry.

Although England's performance against Wales last Sunday was impressive, Jones says his side know they must keep stepping up their levels as the Japan-hosted tournament, now only five weeks away, draws closer.

"The squad has been progressing well this week and I think there is a realisation among the squad now that the hard work really starts, nothing has been achieved," Jones said.

"Our selection strategy for our second game is similar to the first, so a bit of a mix-and-match approach. We are looking at different combinations and have a particular strategy for this game.

"The game is very much about ourselves preparing for the World Cup and we are respectful that we have got such strong opposition at their home ground."

Lewis Ludlam will make his second consecutive start, moving to openside as Courtney Lawes comes into the back row, covering for Curry, while Maro Itoje starts in place of Charlie Ewels, who did not make the cut for the World Cup.

Jones' assistant Scott Wisemantel is confident McConnochie can thrive on his debut.

"He deserves his chance and it was unfortunate last week that he had that minor blow," Wisemantel told a news conference.

"But I think in Cardiff on Saturday where it will be quite intense, he'll settle into a rhythm and then he'll be fine."

England team to face Wales: Elliot Daly; Ruaridh McConnochie, Jonathan Joseph, Piers Francis, Joe Cokanasiga; George Ford, Willi Heinz; Ellis Genge, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Dan Cole; Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje; Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, George Kruis, Jack Singleton, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi.

Recalled Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood claimed two early wickets but Rory Burns and Joe Denly saw England through to lunch without further damage being done on day two of the second Ashes Test.

Tim Paine put England in at Lord's after winning the toss and Hazlewood was outstanding with the new ball, making up for lost time by taking 2-14 from 10 overs after day one was washed out.

Hazlewood, replacing the rested James Pattinson, dismissed Jason Roy without scoring and reduced England to 26-2 when he got rid of home captain Joe Root (14).

First-Test centurion Burns was 34 not out at the end of the morning session after being dropped by Usman Khawaja on 16 and Denly was set to come out after lunch unbeaten on 27, with England 76-2 on a good pitch.

Jofra Archer and Jack Leach replaced James Anderson (calf) and the dropped Moeen Ali in the England side on a day which saw the iconic ground adopt a red theme in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, honouring former England captain Andrew Strauss' late wife.

Limited-overs specialist Roy was again unable to prove his credentials in the longest format, nibbling behind off the third ball he faced from the problng Hazlewood after playing and missing twice.

Hazlewood and Pat Cummins gave nothing away and generated plenty of movement off the seam, but Root broke the shackles with glorious back-to-back cover drives off the latter.

Burns capitalised on a wayward first over from Peter Siddle by scoring boundaries on both sides of the wicket before Hazlewood trapped Root leg before with an excellent delivery, which nipped back in.

Denly was rattled on the helmet when attempting to hook a sharp ball from Hazlewood, and survived when Australia called for a review when he was struck on the pad by Nathan Lyon after Khawaja put Burns down in the gully.

Australia were unable to make further inroads and Burns brought up the 50 stand in the last over before lunch by driving Cummins for his fifth boundary, with Denly finding the ropes on four occasions.

Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bowl first in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Paine called right under blue skies in London, where the opening day was washed out due to rain.

England captain Joe Root revealed he would also have bowled first if the coin had come down on the other side.

Paceman Jofra Archer and spinner Jack Leach replaced James Anderson (calf) and the dropped Moeen Ali in the England side following a defeat in the first match of the series at Edgbaston.

The tourists made just the one change to a winning side, with Josh Hazlewood getting the nod in place of James Pattinson.

Lord's is set to turn red on Thursday in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, honouring former England captain Andrew Strauss' late wife. 

Josh Hazlewood will replace the rested James Pattinson in the second Ashes Test, Australia coach Justin Langer confirmed after day one at Lord's was washed out.

Pattinson played his first Test in over three years in the opening match of the series at Edgbaston after injury issues had hampered his international career.

Despite their impressive victory in Birmingham, the tourists have looked at the bigger picture by giving the paceman a rest in London, Langer announcing Hazlewood - who has had injury troubles of his own of late - has got the nod over Mitchell Starc in the final XI.

Langer said of Hazlewood: "He's got an outstanding record. He's built up over the past few months. He missed out on the World Cup because we felt he hadn't played much cricket.

"We know he's an outstanding bowler, we know that the style of play against England that at his best he should execute those plans really well.

"He has bowled well the last couple of weeks and we hope he does a good job this Test match."

Persistent rain prevented a ball from being bowled on Wednesday and although the forecast is more promising for day two, more bad weather is expected later in the week.

Jofra Archer will make his Test debut for England after the paceman was presented with his cap by close friend and Sussex team-mate Chris Jordan.

No play was possible on day one of the second Ashes Test at Lord's due to rain.

Miserable weather in London on Wednesday kept England and Australia kicking their heels before play was finally abandoned at around 16:20 local time (15:20 GMT).

Rain had returned in the morning with a first inspection due at the scheduled start time of 11:00 and the covers were on again after it was announced that a belated toss would take place at 15:00, with play due to start half an hour later.

With no signs of improvement in conditions, however, it was soon announced that there would be no possibility of any action on the opening day.

Jofra Archer was presented with his Test cap by close friend and fellow England international Chris Jordan on the outfield, but the England paceman will have to wait until Thursday to officially make his debut in the format.

The tourists won the first match of the series at Edgbaston by 251 runs.

Jofra Archer is ready to come out all guns blazing on his expected England Test debut in the heat of an Ashes battle at Lord's.

Archer, who was presented with his Test cap while rain delayed the start of the second match against Australia, has made a dream start to his international career, playing a huge part in England's Cricket World Cup triumph on home soil.

The Barbados-born quick will also be under pressure to hit the ground running should he face Australia on his bow in the longest format in London after the tourists won the first match of the series at Edgbaston.

We take a look at six of the best performances by players making their Test debuts in the Ashes over the years.

 

BOB MASSIE, LORD'S 1972

Nerves were clearly not an issue for Australia new boy Massie when he stepped out onto the hallowed Lord's turf for his maiden appearance in the longest format 47 years ago.

The swing bowler recorded what were at that point the best match figures by a Test debutant after being handed the new ball, taking 16-137.

England's batsmen had no answer to his late swing, Massey taking a magnificent 8-84 in the first innings and 8-53 in the second to set up an eight-wicket victory, levelling the series at 1-1.

 

MARK WAUGH, ADELAIDE OVAL 1991

Australia great Waugh started his magnificent Test career in style with a majestic debut century.

The prolific right-hander struck 138, including 18 boundaries, in the first innings of a drawn second match of the series at Adelaide Oval in 1991.

Australia went on to win 3-0 and although Waugh played just one more match in that series, he struck a further 19 centuries and averaged 41.81 in a stellar Test career.

 

GRAHAM THORPE, TRENT BRIDGE 1993

Thorpe is another batsman who will have very fond memories of his maiden Test appearance, digging in for a gutsy unbeaten century at Trent Bridge.

The England left-hander showed great character and application to prevent Australia from wrapping up the series in the penultimate Test in Nottingham, batting for over five hours and facing 280 balls for his 114 not out.

Graham Gooch (120) and Nasser Hussain (47no) also frustrated the tourists, although Allan Border's side took the 1993 series 3-1 with a crushing victory at Lord's.

 

KEVIN PIETERSEN, LORD'S 2005

Pietersen showed he is the man for the big occasion in London 14 years ago, making half-centuries in both innings of the opening Test.

Although Australia won by 239 runs, maverick England stroke-maker Pietersen gave a taste of what was to come.

The innovative batsman made a huge impact in that classic series, which England won 2-1 - including a hugely important 158 in the second innings of the final Test under massive pressure to set up a draw.

 

JONATHAN TROTT, THE OVAL 2009

Trott was thrust into the battle of a decisive final Test at the Oval a decade ago and that proved to be a masterstroke of a selection.

Coming in at number five, the tenacious batsman made 41 in the first innings and 119 second time around after arriving at the crease with England 39-3 - having secured a first-innings lead of 172.

Trott, Andrew Strauss (75) and Graeme Swann (63) left Australia facing a huge run chase and they were bowled out for 348 to go down 2-1.

 

ASHTON AGAR, TRENT BRIDGE 2013

Agar was selected by Australia for his left-arm spin, but it was his batting that had England scratching their heads in Nottingham six years ago.

At the age of 19, Agar came out to bat at number 11 with the tourists reeling on 117-9 in reply to England's 215 all out.

Agar proceeded to make 98 - the highest Test score by a number 11 - in a final stand of 163 with the late Phillip Hughes (81no) and made Alastair Cook his maiden Test scalp, but England edged a dramatic 14-run victory.

Jofra Archer was presented with his England Test cap on Wednesday, though persistent rain meant the start of the second Ashes Test was delayed further.

Fast bowler Archer, a star in England's recent Cricket World Cup triumph, had been tipped to replace the injured James Anderson in England's attack at Lord's.

He received his first cap on the pitch at Lord's from Sussex team-mate and fellow England international Chris Jordan, who, like Archer, was born in Barbados.

However, England had still not named their XI by 15:30 local time as rain in London meant play was still yet to begin.

Rain had washed out the morning session and, following a 14:30 pitch inspection, further inclement weather caused the toss to be pushed back again.

Australia lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the opening contest at Edgbaston.

The start of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord's was delayed due to rain.

Heavy showers throughout the morning in the area prevented the toss from taking place as scheduled at 10:30 local time, meaning play could not commence at 11:00 as planned.

A pitch inspection was due to take place at 11:00.

The weather forecast for the entire first day was bleak, with rain set to fall for virtually the entire day in London.

Australia lead the five-match series 1-0 after beating England by 251 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston earlier this month.

Tim Paine has explained the decision to rest James Pattinson for the second Ashes Test is to look after the Australia paceman's long-term prospects.

Pattinson contributed to a 251-run win over England at Edgbaston in the series opener, but he was left out of a 12-man squad on Tuesday for the second contest at Lord's.

However, given Pattinson's past injury problems - his appearance in the opening Test was his first in five-ball cricket since February 2016 - Paine insists Australia were not willing to take a risk.

The tourists' captain told the media Pattinson was always likely to have to miss a match at some stage and the opportunity to bring in either Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood made the decision easier.

"We have two world-class bowlers on the sidelines and we want to make sure that James is absolutely cherry ripe every time he plays," Paine told a news conference.

"He's available for selection, but we've decided to rest him for this game to make sure that his long-term future is in really good shape.

"It was always going to be one way or the other. He would either miss this Test and be fresher for the third Test, or he has this one after the long break and doesn't play the third.

"I think if you look at Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood's records at Lord's, that's a good venue for one of them to come in and play and be confident in the fact that they can bowl really well here."

Given Australia's strength in depth, England captain Joe Root expected such a call was likely to be made at some point.

"I was and I wasn't [surprised]," he said. "With the squad of bowlers they have, over the course of a five-match series, they are going to chop and change things over, try to find different formulas for different surfaces and conditions.

"I'm not surprised they've gone with those two added to the squad."

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