July 18, 2015
Chris Rogers & Steve Smith both accumulate massive scores to put England under the pump in the 2nd Test at Lord’s. Australia 566 for 8 declared, put England in after the Tea break. England are 85-4 after being blown away by the trio of Aussie pace-men.
Michael Clarke elected to have a bat after winning the toss on a flat and sunny first day at the Home of Cricket. Australia’s opening batsmen were instinctively very cautious after what happens in the 1st Test. They lost David Warner when spin was introduced into the game. He hoisted Moeen Ali for two fours before he tried again and was caught at a deep mid off by James Anderson for 38.
That brought in Steve Smith who has slipped from No.1 in the world because of his efforts in Cardiff. He quickly put all those things behind him and showed everyone why he was there in the first place. Joined by Chris Rogers who scored a brilliant 173 from 300 balls.
Steve Smith (215) went on to become the first Australian batsman to score a double hundred at Lord’s since 1938. The crowd rose and were on their feet to commemorate Steve Smith who continued his sublime form.
A brilliant mid afternoon spell from Stuart Broad brought England back into the game once Joe Root had Smith adjudged LBW after a review showed the ball hitting the stumps. Broad got rid of Rogers, Voges, Marsh and Johnson on his way to figures of 4-83 off 27 overs.
England were send out after tea to take the Johnson’s wicket before the declaration came. After being in the field for nearly two days there were some weary bodies and minds in the England camp.
This immediately showed when Australia’s Mitchell Starc struck second ball of the innings with a loose shot from Lyth. This meant Aussie debutante Peter Nevill got a catch behind with the first ball he caught in Test cricket.
The introduction of Mitchell Johnson was the downfall of Balance who couldn’t get any further back in his crease when he was bowled by a half-volley – His woes continue!
Next to go was Ian Bell when he was bowled by Josh Hazelwood for 1. England in their last 9 innings have not got past 65 for the lost of 3 wickets. It was a weakness coming into this series and it has no easy fix.
One of the reasons this problem has gone a little bit unnoticed is cause of the next man in (Joe Root) form. Even he looked a little flustered when he got a thin edge to a Mitchell Johnson ball to depart for 1. England were well and truly in the mire at 30 for 4.
Ben Stokes and Alistair Cook battled for 19 overs at the end of the day to wrestle back some of the momentum leaving England on 89 for 4. Cook 21 of 85 balls and Ben Stokes 38 off 50 balls.
If England are to have any chance of saving this Test they will need some big partnerships tomorrow from there lower order. If they can get somewhere near Australia’s total and all bat for a length of time there is a slight chance. First session on day 3 will be crucial in deciding which way this test goes.