Australia Ashes
Australia were on top of their game during the second Test match, which helped them emerge victorious at Lord's.Reuters

Australia were humiliated in the first Test match at Sophia Gardens, while England were embarrassed at Lord's in the second Test match. Things can turn upside down in a matter of a few days when a series of such a magnitude takes place. Welcome to the Ashes!

Both the first and second Test match produced a result within the first four days. Australia, after winning the second Test, have levelled the series at one game apiece and the series has even become much more interesting with three more Test matches to go.

Australia were badly hurt after their loss against England in the first Test and their hunger to win the second was witnessed right from the first session at Lord's. From Day 1, they were in a commanding position with centuries from Chris Rogers and Steve Smith.

Their bowlers were also equally impressive throughout the Test and were at their venomous best in the fourth innings of the Test, where England were given a target of 509 runs. Victory for England was out of reach and a draw would have been seen as a positive result for the hosts.

But England fell like a pack of cards, as they were dismissed for 103 runs in the second innings.

"When you get bowled out for 100, it isn't good enough. Australia put us under pressure and we weren't able to deal with it," BBC quoted Alastair Cook as saying.

"We came up short this week. We have to take this on the chin. Now it's about the character we need to show to bounce back."

Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers, as he scalped three wickets in England's second innings. Embarrassingly, Stuart Broad, England's premier bowler, was the highest run scorer in the fourth innings with 25 runs.

One has to give credit for the way Australia came back after the first Test loss.

Michael Clarke was proud of the players performance and Australia deservedly levelled the series.

"I couldn't have asked for a better performance," said Clarke. "We didn't play our best at Cardiff, but now we can look in the mirror and say we played some good cricket here."

Following this crushing defeat at Lord's, the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham will prove to be a stern test for England. Will England come back into the series, like Australia did?

England coach Trevor Bayliss believes it is not going to be easy, as Australia have got their mojo game back after winning the second Test match.

"We knew the Australians would come back hard in this match, and they will be full of confidence now they've got their A-game back. What we've got to do is go into the third game and worry about what we're doing, not what they're doing," said Bayliss.

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