England win second Ashes Test

England has won the second Ashes Test at Lord's by 347 runs to lead the series 2-0.

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Ex-England cricketer hopes for a triple British win

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has his hopes up for a triple British win at the Ashes Test series, The Open Championship and the Tour de France today.

England declare to set Australia monster run target

Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath managed to smile despite his country's plight as he rang in the play on the fourth day. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Weather permitting, England have given themselves two days to wrap up victory over Australia in the Ashes second Test at Lord's and go ahead 2-0 in the five-match series.

Alastair Cook's side declared on 349-7 following the early wicket of Joe Root, who had been chasing a double century but was caught out on 180 runs.

It sets Australia, who managed only 128 runs in the first innings, the effectively insurmountable second innings target of 583 to win, with the tourists left instead to attempt to bat out a draw.


Pietersen ruled out of Lord's test with calf strain

Kevin Pietersen is a doubt for the third Investec Ashes Test after being ruled out for the remainder of the current match at Lord's with a calf strain.

Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out the rest of the second test at Lord's with a calf strain. Credit: Press Association

Pietersen was not needed on the pitch today having been dismissed on day two and was instead sent for a scan which revealed a strain in his left calf.

He will not be fit to take part when England take to the field for Australia's second innings and his participation in the next match at Old Trafford on August 1 is up in the air.

An England and Wales Cricket Board statement read: "Kevin Pietersen will not take the field for the remainder of the second Test after scans today showed a left calf strain. He will continue to be monitored and will be assessed ahead of the third Test."

Ashes highlights: Root digs deep for Lord's century

Joe Root's breakthrough century as a Test opener was value added as England mercilessly ground Australia into an untenable position in the second Investec Test at Lord's.

Root (178no) and Ian Bell (74) took advantage of favourable circumstances in a stand of 153, after nightwatchman Tim Bresnan had first helped his fellow Yorkshireman put on 99, as England lost just two wickets today to close on 333 for five and lead by 566.

England strike back before lunch at Lord's

Alastair Cook (r) is seeking more wickets from star bowler James Anderson Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

England took a crucial wicket with the last over before lunch as they aimed to peg back Australia on day two of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Tim Bresnan dismissed Shane Watson lbw to leave Australia on 42-1 at the interval.

England were all out for 361 in their first innings, a total bolstered by a last-wicket partnership of 48 between Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.

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