England 157-4, leads by 165 runs on Day 5 of 2nd Ashes test
LONDON (AP) — England boosted its chances of winning the second Ashes test after Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes moved the team's lead to 165 runs over Australia by lunch on the final day at Lord's.
England resumed Sunday on 96-4 and reached the end of the session on 157-4, with Stokes on 51 and Buttler on 31.
The draw remains the most likely result. Much will depend on when the English choose to declare, if they are not bowled out. There is a maximum of 67 overs left to be bowled in the day.
Steve Smith was ruled out of Day 5 with a concussion, delayed from Saturday when was hit on the side of the neck by a vicious delivery from England paceman Jofra Archer while batting.
Marnus Labuschagne was approved as Smith's replacement after Australia applied for a concussion substitute, which was introduced to international cricket on Aug. 1.
Australia leads the five-match series 1-0.