Ashes 2015: Seven moments that shaped day one of second Test

Australia take control of day one of the second Test at Lord's on Thursday thanks to Steven Smith and Chris Rogers

By Sam Rogers

Steve Smith and Chris Rogers struck centuries in a record-breaking partnership at Lord’s as Australia dominated the first day at Lord’s.

11.01GMT Having lost the toss and been made to field, England had a half chance in the first over of the match, when David Warner flashed at the third ball of the match. The edge flew high to the slip corden and just over Joe Root.

12.10GMT Aside from the early chance, Australia looked rather comfortable at the crease. Moeen Ali entered the attack and Warner looked to hit him out of the attack from the off. The onslaught lasted a few balls before Moeen won the battle, getting Warner caught in the deep for England’s first breakthrough at 78-1.

15.14GMT Smith joined Rogers at the crease and looked just as comfortable on what was an increasingly docile pitch. Smith made it to his half century with relative ease before Ben Stokes drew an edge from his bat. The edge went to Ian Bell who was unable to get his hand fully underneath a dying edge. England’s first real chance for a wicket since Ali’s wicket.

15.23GMT Australia continued their dominance through Rogers and Smith and the pair brought up their century stand leaving the visitors 178-1 and in firm control after a top start.

16.47GMT England continued to plunder through over after over to no avail and Smith moved past three figures with ease before the pair brought up their side’s 250. Rogers moved timidly through the nineties anxious not to spurn another chance at a hundred and reached 99 before firing an on-drive for four off James Anderson for his century in his last Test match at his adopted home of Lord’s.

17.02GMT Such is the lack of penetration amongst the England attack on such a docile deck, Rogers and Smith brought up their 200 partnership to move to 282-1 and driving home a massive advantage and the opportunity to rack up a big first innings score.

18.10GMT England took the new ball and still struggled to make the breakthrough as Chris Rogers progressed past 150. He and Smith shortly passed their 250 partnership soon after.

Australia 1st innings – Australia 337-1 (Rogers 158*, Smith 129*; Moeen 1-82),


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