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Australia on top as Rogers, Smith score centuries

England made to toil on opening day of second Test at Lord’s as visitor goes to stumps at 337/1

Australia on top as Rogers, Smith score centuries - Cricket News
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Chris Rogers of Australia celebrates his century with team-mate Steve Smith as Joe Root of England applauds during day one of the 2nd Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 16, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Chris Rogers and Steven Smith scored unbeaten centuries in a massive partnership as Australia dominated the first day of the second Ashes Test against England at Lord's on Thursday (July 16).
At stumps, Australia was 337 for 1 after cashing in on Michael Clarke's good fortune in winning the toss and batting first on a typically good Lord's pitch. Rogers was at 158 not out, his best in Tests, and Smith was unbeaten on 129.
England's lone success on the day came when Moeen Ali had David Warner (38) caught in the covers by James Anderson in the morning session.  
It was just the response Australia, looking to win its first Test series in the United Kingdom in 14 years, wanted following England's 169-run win in the first Test in Cardiff last week.
Rogers scored his eighth half-century in nine Test innings, the first of which he converted into a hundred. Rogers batted the whole day and comfortably went past his 119 against England in Sydney in 2014 as he registered his fifth Test century.
Earlier, in the first over of the day, Rogers got a reprieve when he edged James Anderson just over the top of the slip cordon for a boundary.

Warner took 25 balls to score his first boundary when he pulled Mark Wood, the first-change bowler. Rogers repeatedly played and missed, but Warner started to find his touch with five fours, all off Wood, in 13 balls.
The script changed a bit when Alastair Cook brought Moeen on. Warner didn’t look like he wanted to let Moeen settle down, slog-sweeping his first delivery for four, but Moeen had his revenge five balls later as he dismissed Warner for the second time in as many innings to leave Australia at 78 for 1.
Smith should have been out when he edged Ben Stokes, only for Ian Bell to grass the low chance at second slip with the batsman on 50.
Rogers went to 97 with two well-struck fours off Moeen. Smith joined Rogers in the 90s with a straight driven six against Joe Root, and beat his partner to three figures, his pulled boundary through mid-on off Anderson taking him to a 161-ball hundred. It was his tenth hundred in 30 Tests and sixth in eight matches.
Rogers followed Smith to the landmark when he drove Anderson down the ground for his 17th four in 209 balls faced.

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