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Ashes 2023. Stokes’ half-century at Lord’s goes in vain as England suffer second straight defeat against Australia

The Lord’s Test between England and Australia was very exciting. This is the second match of the Ashes 2023 and Australia has won the second in a row. Steve Smith in the first innings and Ben Stokes in the fourth innings scored centuries for their team with spectacular batting. All the fans were hoping that Stokes would lead England to victory. However, he lost his wicket after scoring 155 runs and the match slipped away from England. Australia won by 43 runs.

England needed 256 runs on the last day. At the end of the fourth day, he had scored 114 for 4. Ben Stokes and Ben Duckett opened the final day for England. At that time Duck had scored 50* and Stokes had scored 29*. England were under pressure on the last day. However, the captain Ben Stokes (Ben Stokes) remained on the pitch and took the responsibility of leading the team to victory.

On the fifth day, England suffered their first blow in the form of a duck. He scored a personal 83 and lost his wicket. However, Stokes was on the pitch. In the 52nd over, wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow was dropped in dramatic fashion. Bairstow returned to the tent with just 10 runs at the crucial time. Stokes, however, was on the other side. He scored his own 100 off 142 balls. In the 56th over of England’s innings, Stokes hit three sixes in a row. Stokes played the ball for a boundary before hitting Cameron Greene for a hat-trick.

The last innings saw a display from the Australian bowlers, with the trio of captain Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood taking three wickets each. Cameron Greene got a wicket. Overall, England won the toss and invited Australia to bat first. Australia scored 416 runs in 100.4 overs in the first innings. In reply, England’s first innings was bundled out for 325 runs. The Australian team could not perform as expected in the second innings. But still he reached 279 runs. In the last innings, England had a target of 371 runs to win. (England lost to Australia by 43 runs in Lord’s Test)

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