England vs Australia 2nd Ashes Test Day 5: Australia hold on for draw despite Archer and Leach’s best efforts

Jofra Archer three wickets England Australia 2nd Ashes Test Day 5 Lord's cricket

Jofra Archer finished with figures of 3-32 off 15 overs

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Australia managed to salvage a draw on the final day at Lord’s even though they were put to the test by England debutant Jofra Archer and spinner Jack Leach.

Starting off the day on 96/4, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler converted their 25-run partnership into a 90-run stand before Buttler was caught by Josh Hazlewood at long leg off the bowling of Pat Cummins for 31.

Stokes and Jonny Bairstow kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 97-run partnership, during which Stokes surpassed his hundred, before England declared on 258/5, which set Australia 267 to win.

Ben Stokes 115 not out England Australia 2nd Ashes Test Day 5 Lord's cricket

Ben Stokes celebrates after scoring his seventh Test century

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Stokes ended up making 115, which came off 165 balls and included 11 boundaries and three sixes, while Bairstow remained unbeaten on 30, which came off 37 deliveries and included a boundary and two sixes.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Peter Siddle snapped up two.

Chasing 267 to win, Australia lost opener David Warner early on as he was dismissed by Archer for five runs.

Archer struck again in his next over as he had Usman Khawaja caught behind for two runs.

Cameron Bancroft only mustered 16 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Leach.

Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, who became the first-ever concussion substitute in Test cricket when he replaced Steve Smith, stabilised the innings with an 85-run partnership, during which Labuschagne brought up his fifty.

He went on to score 59, which came off 100 balls and included eight boundaries, before he was dismissed by Leach.

Leach dismissed Matthew Wade shortly after, while Australia captain Tim Paine was brilliantly caught by Joe Denly off the bowling of Archer after making four runs.

However, Head managed to help Australia salvage a draw as he finished unbeaten on 42, which came off 90 balls ad included nine boundaries.

Archer and Leach claimed three wickets each as Australia finished on 154/6.

Stokes was named Man of the Match.

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