Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

The Ashes: Australia escapes with a draw in drama-filled day five

The Ashes: Australia escapes with a draw in drama-filled day five

Now England will hope that is sufficient time for World Cup-winning fast bowler Jofra Archer, who took five wickets while repeatedly topping speeds of 90 miles per hour on his Test debut, to recover from the 44 overs he sent down at Lord's.

A day after Shoaib Akhtar slammed England pacer Jofra Archer for not checking up on Australian batsman Steve Smith after hitting him with a bouncer, former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Monday took a cheeky dig by revealing how the former Pakistan speedstar checked up on the injured batsmen.

Jofra Archer's latest spell of thunderous fast bowling narrowly failed to deliver an Ashes-levelling victory at Lord's but England captain Joe Root believes the debutant has reset the course of the series.

Marnus Labuschagne, on the field as 12th man when play resumed Sunday, became the first concussion substitute in Test history after Australia's request was approved by match referee Ranjan Madugalle.

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Australia finished at 6-154 when the match was called to a close.

Marnus Labuschagne's innings almost ended shortly after it began as the 25-year-old was instantly welcomed with a fiery bouncer from Archer which hit him on the helmet grille to leave him reeling on the floor.

Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison described the booing of Steve Smith at Lord's as an "Ashes foul" and hopes the batsman can respond to his "hecklers" in the remainder of the series against England. England's leading test wicket-taker Anderson aggravated his calf injury during the first test at Edgbaston, which Australia won by 251 runs.

Smith has already said he will aim to play in the game provided he gets the green light from Cricket Australia's medical team, led by the specialist doctor Richard Saw.

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