Australia Piles On The Pressure

It is all-Australia at Lord’s after the tourists made merry with the bat before landing a decisive blow with the ball to put England under serious pressure at stumps on day two of the second Ashes Test.  The visitors resumed on 337/1 with Chris Rogers on 158 and Steve Smith unbeaten on 129 at the wicket.  The opener departed in the sixth over of the day when he was clean bowled by Stuart Broad for a career-best 179.

Michael Clarke scratched around for ten overs before he was out for 7 caught Gary Ballance, bowled Mark Wood.  The rest of the Aussie batting line-up reached double figures before falling but it was Smith who would enjoy the most memorable of days.  After falling for 199 against the West Indies in April, the Sydneysider helped himself to a maiden Test double ton.
Smith went on to score 215 before Joe Root trapped him leg before wicket.  The 26-year old hit 25 fours and a six during his stay at the crease.  Debutant, and wicketkeeper, Peter Nevill hit 45 as the Aussies declared their innings on 566/8.  Broad’s 4/83 was the best bowling figures by the English bowlers.
The hosts were under pressure immediately losing Adam Lyth, caught behind by Nevill off Mitchell Starc in the second ball of the innings.  Mitchell Johnson bowled Ballance for a rapid 23 as well as having Root caught by the keeper for one.  Ian Bell could also muster just the one run before he was castled by Josh Hazlewood.
Captain Alastair Cook held firm and from 30/4 the resistance was partnered by Ben Stokes.  At the close Cook was not out on 21 and Stokes had made his way to 38 with the home side struggling on 85/4 at the home of cricket.
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