In Brief

Back pages: Steve Smith doubtful for third Test, lessons for Chelsea

England bowler Jofra Archer not only hurt Smith he may have altered the complexion of the Ashes

Lord's thriller

Australia withstood a final day charge from England as a thrilling second Ashes Test finished in a nail-biting draw, and although Ben Stokes won the man of the match award thanks to his brilliant century, everyone is talking about Jofra Archer.

England’s new spearhead made quite an impact at Lord’s and his introduction appears to have shifted the momentum in England’s favour. His raw pace has shaken Australia’s batsman, and his felling of Steve Smith – struck in the neck by a vicious bouncer on Saturday and ruled out of the match – could be the pivotal moment of the series.

“Joe Root said Jofra Archer has changed the dynamic of England’s attack and given Australia something to think about after the tourists clung on for a tense draw,” says The Guardian. “Australia will take their 1-0 lead to Headingley for Thursday’s third Ashes Test but may be without Steve Smith after their talismanic batsman was ruled out before the final day here with delayed concussion symptoms.”

Chelsea lessons

The drama at Lord’s even relegated the Premier League to the status of support act for most papers. But the Star leads with the news that Frank Lampard has warned his young Chelsea side that they “must learn their lessons quickly” after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester as the new Blues boss returned to Stamford Bridge. The result leaves Lampard without a win this season, although Mason Mount gave the fans cause for hope with a well-taken opening goal.

Recommended

All at sixes and sevens: a mad day in Premier League history
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian bumps fists with Aston Villa hat-trick hero Ollie Watkins
In Depth

All at sixes and sevens: a mad day in Premier League history

Team GB will make Olympic history with male and female flag bearers
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray was Team GB’s flag bearer at Rio 2016
Sports Shorts

Team GB will make Olympic history with male and female flag bearers

F1 2021 season guide
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
In Focus

F1 2021 season guide

Ryan Giggs denies charges of assaulting two women
Ryan Giggs leaves Manchester Magistrates’ Court
Sports Shorts

Ryan Giggs denies charges of assaulting two women

Popular articles

Laurence Fox to Count Binface: the most colourful London mayor candidates
Count Binface
Behind the scenes

Laurence Fox to Count Binface: the most colourful London mayor candidates

TV crime dramas to watch in 2021
Chris Rock stars in the fourth series of Fargo
In Review

TV crime dramas to watch in 2021

London mayoral race 2021: who will win?
Night Tube Sadiq Khan
In Depth

London mayoral race 2021: who will win?