Score and latest updates from day 3 of Test match
England head into day three at Lord’s with a comprehensive victory over Ireland in their sights. After bowling Ireland out for 172 in the first innings, England piled on the runs yesterday. On a docile pitch and against a distinctly average bowling attack, Ollie Pope scored a magnificent double century, his first in test cricket and the fastest one at Lord’s. Since his move to number three, Pope averages just shy of 50. He was handily assisted by Ben Duckett, who was close to making it two double centurions on the day, scoring 182.
England could have batted on and on, but Ben Stokes decided England had enough runs and declared shortly after tea. After declaring on 524-4, Josh Tongue took his first three wickets in Test cricket to leave Ireland 97-3 at the end of day 2, still 255 runs behind. Tongue dismissed Peter Moor LBW with his first ball of the second innings to give him his first wicket in test cricket and followed that up with Andrew Balbirnie’s wicket a few balls later. He then had Paul Stirling caught behind. Ireland may have just six wickets remaining today, not seven, after James McCollum retired hurt. It remains unclear whether McCollum will bat today.
It has not been the biggest test for England ahead of the Ashes, which are just a couple of weeks away. However, Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum will be buoyed by the batting displays of Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope and the debut of Josh Tongue. England will be looking to wrap the game up early on day three and get some miles in the legs of the likes of Stuart Broad, Matty Potts, Jack Leach and Tongue. Ireland have a mountain to climb to even make England bat again. How long will Ireland last today?