Australia eke out a draw after drama-filled end

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That’s all from a Lord’s Test that oozed drama, even with rain taking so much time out of it. Australia have kept their 1-0 lead, but they’ve got their warning. Onto Headingley next. Until then, this is Sagar Chawla signing off on behalf of Raju Peethala, Varun Dixit and our scorer Naga. Goodbye!

Here’s a stats round up by Deepu Narayanan

Most successive Tests without a draw in a country
25 Sri Lanka (2014-19) *
20 England (2016-19)
19 South Africa (2016-19) *
19 Zimbabwe (2004-2018)
17 South Africa (2006-09)
16 Australia (1948-53)
16 Australia (1977-79)
16 Sri Lanka (2001-02)

* ongoing sequences
+ time-bound Tests only

First drawn Ashes Test at Lord’s since 1997
First drawn Test for England since Christchurch 2018 – 16 Tests ago

Most successive Tests without a draw for England
22 between 1884-92
18 between 1894-99
15 between 2018-19 – streak ends

This Test, despite all the time that was lost, will be remembered for many things, the highlight being Archer’s performance on debut. His impact on the field went beyond numbers as he unleashed hell-fire with frightening speeds that went as far as 96mph. Some of his spells were equal parts exhilarating and terrifying, with batsmen facing a genuine physical threat from deceptively sharp lifters. Even as the dust starts to settle at Lord’s, the psychological damage Archer’s inflicted on Australia could have a say in how the series pans out.

19:25 Local Time, 18:25 GMT, 23:55 IST: England threw everything they had, but Australia are still standing, having shown plenty of character and resolve on a dramatic final day. It took every bit of courage to hold the ground against a terrifying Jofra Archer, who had earlier taken Steve Smith out of the match with a concussion, leading to cricket’s first-ever like-for like substitute. Day 5 began with news of Marnus Labuschagne replacing Smith for Australia, and as things progressed, Labuschagne proved himself a worthy understudy. He led Australia’s defences, despite being felled by a sickening blow to the helmet from Archer early in his innings, and made a case for his permanent inclusion with a dogged half-century, an innings that was cut short in unfortunate circumstances. His dismissal led to late drama, but Travis Head ensured Australia achieved the draw they were after.