LONDON: England’s fragile batting again faltered on day two of the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s.
Opener Rory Burns made a battling 53, only to be part of a collapse of four wickets for 46 runs that left the home side 138-6.
England partially recovered through a stand of 72 between Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes.
Bairstow was also helped by cameos from debutant Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad, before becoming the last man to fall for 52 to leave England 258 all out.
Australia lost David Warner, bowled by Broad, to close on 30-1, but will be the happier side after captain Tim Paine won the toss.
Despite the entire first day being lost to rain, bowling England out on this second day leaves the tourists handily placed to go 2-0 up in the series.
Further rain is forecast on Friday and England may have the advantage of bowling last on a pitch showing signs of turn, but that benefit would only come into play if they can restrict Australia’s first innings, then bat better at their second attempt.