Smith’s sub Labuschagne, Head rescue Oz

The Tribune – India – London, August 18

The second Ashes Test was drawn as Australia, chasing 267 to beat England, ended on 154/6 after an absorbing final day at Lord’s.


  • Ben Stokes made a brilliant century and England declared on 258/5 before Jofra Archer claimed two early wickets to give the hosts the sniff of an unlikely victory.
  • First concussion substituteBut Marnus Labuschagne, replacing Steve Smith as Test cricket’s first substitute, made 59 and Travis Head an unbeaten 42 to lead the Australians to safety and keep them 1-0 up in the series.
  • Smith was ruled out of the final day suffering from concussion symptoms after being struck on the neck by an Archer bouncer on Saturday and Labuschagne was hit on the helmet by the second ball he faced from the Barbados-born fast bowler.
  • Archer removed David Warner and Usman Khawaja to continue his fine Test debut as England reduced Australia to 46/2 at tea.
  • — ReutersBrief Scores: England: 258 and 258/5 dec (Stokes 115*); Australia: 250 and 154/6 (M Labuschagne 59, T Head 42; J Archer 2/16) Smith may miss third Test too Steve Smith became the first Test cricketer to be substituted under concussion substitute rules approved only last month, and Marnus Labuschagne is the first Test player to be inducted as a concussion sub.

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