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England batsman struggle on day two

25th July 2019, 19:01 by James Mason

England reached stumps on day two against Ireland on 303-9, a lead of 181 runs as several batsman failed to fire for the second time.

After the embarrassment of being bowled out for just 85 in their first innings, England were hoping to give the Lord's crowd something to shout about but they suffered an early loss when Rory Burns made just six before he became Boyd Rankin's first victim.

The hosts rebuilt with nightwatchman Jack Leach and Jason Roy putting on a stand of 145 before the latter was sent back to the pavilion after being clean bowled by Stuart Thompson for 72.

Leach was next to depart, falling eight runs short of his century, before Joe Denly (10) was run-out after skipper Joe Root had called for a single before deciding to send his team-mate back to the non-striker's end.

World Cup hero Jonny Bairstow failed to trouble the scorers as he picked up a pair for the Test while Moeen Ali's miserable form with the bat continued as he added just nine to the total.

Captain Root (31) then nicked a Mark Adair delivery to wicketkeeper Gary Wilson, who took a superb diving catch to his right-hand side, before Chris Woakes (13) wafted at a wide one from the same bowler to be caught in the slips.

Sam Curran then went into one-day mode as he made a quick-fire 37 from 29 balls before hauling out to James McCollum in the deep and England were only saved from being bowled out as bad light ended play early.

Olly Stone (0no) and Stuart Broad (20no) will be hoping to add some runs to England's current tally of 303-9 when play restarts on Friday morning, with the lead only standing at 181 runs.

Speaking to BBC's TMS at the close of play, Adair said his team were pleased with their work on Thursday: "It was a good day but I think credit to the bowlers, who just kept running in and kept bashing hard.

"Some of the lads were in Sri Lanka in the winter so this weather made them feel a bit like they were back there. Conversations this morning were about us bowling England out. These lads are good cricketers, they've played a lot of cricket, so it was nice to get them."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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