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18 Aug 2019, 18:36 IST
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Ben Stokes celebrates his half-century on day 5 of the second Ashes Check

Ben Stokes reached his half-century as he and Jos Buttler nudged England alongside to 157-4 in a stable opening session for the hosts on day 5 of the second Ashes Check at Lord’s.

On the bottom the place they helped England to Cricket World Cup glory towards New Zealand final month, the duo dug in to stretch their fifth-wicket partnership to 86.

After a delayed began as a result of rain, England’s batsmen rode their luck at instances however escaped unscathed, within the course of extending the result in 165.

Steve Smith was absent from the sector after the vacationers confirmed he would play no additional half within the contest as a result of a delayed concussion, Marnus Labuschagne cleared to interchange the batsman for the rest of the competition.

Stokes acquired England up and operating with successive boundaries earlier than Australia wasted a overview when difficult an unsuccessful lbw enchantment towards the all-rounder.

David Warner was near pouncing on a thick Stokes edge, which trickled down to 3rd man for 4 runs.

Nathan Lyon (0-65) had Stokes prodding following that near-miss, however the Durham man stood agency, reaching 50 previous to the interval.

With Buttler (31 not out) holding issues regular on the different finish, Lyon continued to check Stokes as lunch approached, although Australia couldn’t discover a breakthrough.

Joe Root must work out how lengthy England will bat on earlier than deciding whether it is value risking a declaration, with the early rain chopping it right down to 88 overs within the day.