Ashes: England 201-6; Bairstow, Woakes lead recovery
LONDON (AP) — Australia seized the early advantage in the second Ashes test by reducing England to 201-6 by tea on day two, with the consistent bowling of Josh Hazlewood and a stunning catch by Cameron Bancroft providing their highlights on Thursday at Lord's.
An unbroken stand of 63 by Jonny Bairstow (36) and Chris Woakes (25) was giving England some hope, however, as they sought to keep the Australians away from the tail.
Having removed Jason Roy (0) and Joe Root (14) before lunch, Hazlewood — recalled in place of fellow paceman James Pattinson — took the first wicket of the second session by finding the edge of Joe Denly (30) to give wicketkeeper Tim Paine one of his three catches of the day.
Bancroft then sent England's top scorer, Rory Burns, back to the pavilion by diving low to his left at short leg and managing to hold on to the ball with his fingertips off a delivery by Pat Cummins. Burns, a century-maker in England's 251-run loss in the first test at Edgbaston, made 53 off 127 balls.
Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, England's dangerous middle-order batsmen, went cheaply for 12 and 13, respectively, to leave the hosts really struggling at 138-6 before Bairstow and Woakes launched the rebuilding job.
Hazlewood had figures of 3-42 off 17 overs.
The opening day of the test was washed out without a ball being bowled at the home of cricket. The forecast was for unbroken play on the second day.
England is giving a test debut to Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer, who replaced the injured James Anderson. Jack Leach was the second change, coming in for fellow spinner Moeen Ali.
Lord's was awash with red in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, a lung cancer charity set up to honor the late wife of Andrew Strauss, the former England captain and director of men's cricket. Fans were asked to wear red and both teams wore limited-edition caps and shirts to be auctioned off, one of several fund-raising initiatives in place.
Strauss' two sons rang the five-minute bell before play started.