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Smith double ton, early strikes leave England in a spot

After Australia declares on 566/8, host ends Day 2 of Lord’s Test at precarious 85/4

Smith double ton, early strikes leave England in a spot - Cricket News
Steven Smith takes in the applause after reaching his double ton.

Mitchell Johnson returned to haunt England as it suffered a top-order collapse on the second day of the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's on Friday (July 17).

At stumps, England was 85 for 4 in reply to Australia's first-innings total of 566 for 8 – a huge deficit of 481.

Australia had piled up 337 for 1 on the first day before Steven Smith (215) and Chris Rogers (173) extended their overnight scores into personal Test-best scores.

Smith's score, the seventh-highest individual Test score at Lord's, was also Australia's second highest at the ground behind Don Bradman's 254 in 1930.

After the declaration, the sheer speed of Australia's fast bowlers reduced England to 30 for 4 inside 11 overs after it started its reply.

Mitchell Starc needed just two balls to remove Adam Lyth for a duck as the left-hander played at a delivery he could have let go and was caught behind. Johnson, meanwhile, needed just three balls to uproot Gary Ballance's off stump as he fell for 23.

Then 28 for 2 became 29 for 3 when Ian Bell (1) was bowled by a Josh Hazlewood delivery that held its line. Joe Root also went for 1 when, trying to force the ball of the back foot, he was caught behind to Peter Nevill off Johnson to leave England in a mess.

Alastair Cook, who had watched all four wickets tumble, then saw Ben Stokes hit back with some well-struck fours first and then a soaring straight six off Nathan Lyon. Cook was 21 not out and Stokes unbeaten on 38 at stumps.

Earlier, Australia resumed with Rogers 158 not out and Smith unbeaten on 129.

There was drama with Friday's first ball when James Anderson struck Rogers on the side of the helmet. Two balls later, however, Rogers square drove Anderson for four.

Stuart Broad, who returned 4 for 83, eventually got through Rogers's defence with one that jagged back. Rogers’s stand of 284 with Smith topped the previous Australia record Test partnership at Lord's of 260 shared by Mark Taylor and Michael Slater in 1993.

Smith had gone to his sixth century in his last eight Tests on Thursday and completed a maiden Test double century when he whipped Moeen Ali off his pads.

Wickets fell quickly for Australia on the day after England had only one moment of success on the first day, and after Smith was gone, Nevill was the other major contributor with a 59-ball 45. The declaration came immediately after Johnson became the eighth man to fall and become Broad’s fourth wicket.

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