Australia had it all to do to try and keep themselves in the match with the weather looking perfect for batting early on day two.
Jason Roy’s bad form continued as he fell early to Josh Hazlewood bringing the England skipper Joe Root to the crease. He too had been struggling for runs and he was unable to add to his series tally, falling for a duck.
Pat Cummins peppered Rory Burns with a number of short balls before the opener eventually gloved one in his attempt to hook. When James Pattinson struck in his first over to remove Lord’s centurion Ben Stokes, the home side were stunned at 4/34.
Joe Denly looked to knuckle down and settle the innings but couldn’t resist a wide ball from Pattinson, edging it to the keeper Tim Paine. Hazlewood soon found the edge of Jonny Bairstow‘s bat and the Aussies had six English scalps before lunch in an amazing session of fast bowling. David Warner was able to snag four catches at slip, as the ball seamed around in the sunny conditions.
The break didn’t halt their momentum with Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler falling in quick succession as the hosts slumped to 8/56. Jofra Archer attempted to fight fire with fire when he came to the wicket, belting Pattinson to the boundary. However, another short ball from Cummins was his undoing, catching the edge of his raised bat.
Jack Leach was dropped at short leg by Matthew Wade, but Hazlewood quickly got his man, bowling the number 11 around his legs to claim figures of 5/30 and obliterate England for the lowest Ashes total since 1948.