It looks very likely that in 2009, England will beat Australia at Lord's. It's only Day 3 and England are already 521 ahead. What's more, it is the manner in which England have built this lead which is significant. 181 runs came in the final session of play in 31 overs. This has significance beyond this game. This is the sort of batting performance, which breaks shackles in players minds. England's batting line up will now be confident that they can match Australia with the bat in any situation. This has tremendous implications for how England will approach their upcoming Tests with Australia.
If England do go on to win at Lord's, it will change the complexion of the next three Ashes Tests. Much is at stake in the next two days. Australia will know this too. Im not at all sure what they can do about it.