2015 Investec Ashes Series | 2nd Test | England v Australia | Day 2 | From Lord’s

2015 Investec Ashes Series | 2nd Test | England v Australia | Day 2 | From Lord’s

2015 Investec Ashes Series | 2nd Test
England v Australia
STUMPS – Day 2
From Lord’s
England lead the Series 1-0
Australia won the toss, elected to Bat first.
Australia 8/566 declared | England 4/85 (29)
Alastair Cook 21* (85) | Ben Stokes 38* (50)
Australia leads by 481 runs)
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Hello everybody. Welcome to our truncated coverage of the 2nd Day of the 2nd Test from Lord’s.

Australia finished Day 1 well and truly on top, and went into Day 2 with that momentum, looking to maintain their dominant position in this match, and they didn’t disappoint.

Chris Rogers and Steven Smith resumed at 1/337. The second ball of the day went for four, which gave Rogers and Smith the biggest single partnership for any wicket for an Australian duo at Lord’s.

The previous mark was 260, set by Michael Slater and Mark Taylor in 1993.

The partnership finished on 284, when Rogers was clean bowled by Stuart Broad, for a career best of 173.

Rogers | b Broad | 173 (300) | FOW 2/382 (95.4)

The intention was clear… the Aussies were there to keep scoring quickly. 45 runs in just 33 balls before that wicket, and when Rogers was dismissed, Steven Smith took the lead role, with his captain joining him at the wicket!

Clarke didn’t last long… 32 balls to be precise – before guiding one straight into the waiting hands of Gary Ballance with just 7 runs to his name, giving Mark Wood his first wicket.

Clarke | c Ballance, b Wood | 7 (32) | 3/383 (106.5).

Smith, meanwhile, had moved his way past 150, before the players stopped for LUNCH.

LUNCH | Australia 3/424 (118)
Steven Smith 168* | Adam Voges 24*

Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh were both dismissed within the first 30 minutes of the Afternoon Session, as Stuart Broad was making his presence known. He found the outside edge of Voges’ bat, as he nicked one into the hands of Jos Buttler.

Marsh was clean bowled, just like Rogers… both batsmen dismissed before they really got going.

Voges | c Buttler, b Broad | 25 (47) | FOW 4/426 (119.3)
Marsh | b Broad | 12 (15) | FOW 5/442 (123,3)

Peter Nevill, on debut, joined Steven Smith, who was closing in on his first test double-century.

Nevilll looked comfortable… along with Smith, they scored quite freely and quickly, and their partnership was worth 91 runs in just on 16 overs.

During that time, Smith had got to 199, which equaled his best ever Test Score, but he wasn’t going to miss out on 200 this time, as he flicked a Moeen Ali delivery off his pads, to the boundary to bring up his first double-ton…

What an outstanding young cricketer Steven Smith is… his record is so impressive, and he’s continued a golden run, which started last summer, with 215 here.

He was finally dismissed, when Joe Root trapped him in front of the wicket.

Smith | LBW, b Root | 215 (346) | FOW 6/533 (139.4)

Soon after, Root removed Nevill, just shy of his fifty, and the last of the recognised batsmen was back in the pavilion.

Nevill | c Ali, b Root | 45 (59) | FOW 7/536 (141.3)

Mitchell Johnson was the last man to be dismissed in the Aussie innings. He and Mitchell Starc added 30 runs to the score, in their partnership for the 8th wicket, before Broad claimed his fourth wicket.

Johnson | c Anderson, b Broad | 15 (33) | FOW 8/566 (149)

Starc remained not out on 12 from 21 balls, but instead if letting the tail wag, Clarke made the declaration at 8/566… TEA was taken, and to be fair, good call from Clarke… the damage had been done… not much to be gained from letting the tail wag… instead, give the bowlers the new ball, and allow as much time as possible, especially given the talk about the weather, to bowl England out twice, and if needs be, bat again later in the match.

So, 8/566… let’s have a look at England’s bowlers for you… Broad the pick of the bunch, but the part-time spinners in Root and Ali were also valuable, and Jimmy Anderson has gone wicket-less just like Mitchell Johnson did in the 1st Innings of the 1st Test.

James Anderson | 0/99 (26)
Stuart Broad | 4/83 (27)
Mark Wood | 1/92 (28)
Moeen Ali | 1/138 (36)
Ben Stokes | 0/77 (19)
Joe Root | 2/55 (12)
Adam Lyth | 0/0 (1)

So, after TEA, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc went to work with the swinging Duke, and it didn’t take them long to cause some carnage… if England didn’t have an uphill battle ahead of them before commencing the innings, they certainly did after 11 overs, because they found themselves in deep, DEEP trouble at 4/30!

Adam Lyth was dismissed with the second ball of the innings, when he nicked a swinging delivery from Mitchell Starc, through to Peter Nevill, who grabbed his first dismissal in Test Match Cricket.

Ballance joined Cook, and Ballance did the scoring in their partnership, as Cook had just 5 to his name when Ballance was dismissed by Johnson for 23.

Johnson cleaned bowled England’s number 3, and what a vital wicket it was… Ballance was starting to look settled at the wicket, and he was finding scoring runs to be an easy task.

With that dismissal, it was 2/28, and Ian Bell would be exposed to a fired up Johnson… BUT, not for long, because Josh Hazlewood cleaned him up with the first ball of the 9th over.

Joe Root was the next to go… the very next over… an edge off the bowling of Johnson, and Nevill took the simplest of catches.

Lyth | c Nevill, b Starc | 0 (2) | FOW 1/0 (0.2)
Ballance | b Johnson | 23 (31) | FOW 2/28 (8.3)
Bell | b Hazlewood | 1 (2) | FOW 3/29 (9.1)
Root | c Nevill, b Johnson | 1 (4) | FOW 4/30 (10.3)

So, it was 4/30 after 10.3 overs, with wickets in the 1st, 9th, 10th and 11th overs… 3 in 12 balls as Ballance, Bell and Root were removed… but, at the other end, Cook remained, and had 5 runs on the board when Ben Stokes joined him.

Thankfully for England, that was the end of the carnage, as Stokes and Cook steadied the ship, and saw their way through to stumps, without another wicket falling.

Slow going for Cook… he’s 21 off 85, while Ben Stokes was the aggressor, scoring 38 off just 50 balls, to get England to 4/85 at STUMPS on the 2nd day.

That’s a deficit of 481, with three days to play… and if Australia get quick wickets at any stage during this innings on Day 3, England may struggle to avoid the follow-on. It is going to be an uphill task already, but more so if Buttler, Cook and Stokes can’t mount a comeback, or make decent runs between them.

Australia’s Bowling
Mitchell Starc | 1/29 (7)
Josh Hazlewood | 1/22 (10)
Mitchel Johnson | 2/16 (6)
Nathan Lyon | 0/14 (4)
Mitchell Marsh | 0/3 (2)

A spectacular day for Australia… probably their best of the series.
Even though Day 1 was good, the fact that they ripped through the England top order, taking four wickets in the one session, in my opinion, is enough to say that Day 2 was better… they wouldn’t of dreamed of having the poms four-down at STUMPS.

Steven Smith – what a star that young man is, and well done to Chris Rogers on scoring a ton after a run of so many fifties… and not just any ton, a ton at Lord’s which, for the moment, goes in his record as his highest score in the Test arena.

Hope you enjoyed Day 2 of the 2nd Test… it was an absolute beauty, and we’re expecting more of the same, when play resumes tonight.

2015 Investec Ashes Series | 2nd Test
England v Australia
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