August 13, 1888 – The Oval
Australia 80 & 100, England 317. England won by an innings and 137 runs.
In the very next match, England came up with a spectacular two-day victory of their own and levelled the series at 1-1. Like the last game, it was Australia who won the toss and batted first, and were all out for a low score.
They were bowled out for 80 after a five-wicket haul by English left-arm spinner Johnny Briggs and were looking to do what they did in the last game – bowl England out cheaply. Alas, that did not happen this time as England recovered from 165/5 to finish off at a solid 317 after a strong performance by the middle and lower order.
England then produced a splendid bowling performance to claim victory after taking all Aussie wickets for just 100 runs. Billy Barnes finished with figures of 5/32 and England were back in the series.