Australia thrash England to level Ashes
England slumped to a catastrophic defeat by 405 runs at Lord’s as Australia levelled the Ashes series at 1-1.
The hosts collapsed after lunch on the fourth day and were bundled out for 103 in just 37 overs, with Mitchell Johnson taking 3-27.
None of England’s recognised batsmen made more than 17 runs as Stuart Broad top-scored with 25.
Australia had earlier reached 254-2 declared in their second innings, leaving England to bat 155 overs to save the game.
That they fell so woefully short raises serious questions about the calibre and make-up of a team that only a week ago stunned Australia by winning the first Test in Cardiff by 169 runs.
And after England’s top order once again crumbled, the selectors will surely ponder changes before the series resumes at Edgbaston on 29 July.
For Australia, such a swift and categorical riposte to the defeat in South Wales will bolster their belief that they can pull off their first Ashes win in England since 2001.