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2nd Test: Steven Smith's maiden double-ton drives Australia on Day 2

Rohan Raj | Updated on: 17 July 2015, 21:23 IST

After a splendid batting effort saw Australia post a mammoth 337/1 on Day 1, the tourists continued to pile more misery on the dispirited England bowlers on the second day at Lord's.

Though the Australia lost Chris Rogers and Michael Clarke early in the day, the World No. 2 Test batsman Steven Smith continued to march on by playing a wide array of shots. He notched up his 150 in the 106th over and also went on to register his maiden double-hundred in Test cricket.

The Rogers-Smith partnership finally came to an end at 284, an Australian record for all wickets in Tests at Lord's. The duo surpassed the 260-run stand set by opener Michael Slater and Mark Taylor in 1993.

Rogers, who missed out on his double-hundred, was bowled by Stuart Broad after scoring a stellar 173 runs including 28 fours. Australian captain Michael Clarke, who never looked comfortable at the crease, soon followed Rodgers back in the hut after being dismissed by Mark Wood for seven runs.

Adam Voges gave some support to Smith, as England reached 424/3 at lunch. Just when Alastair Cook-led England looked out of sorts, Broad once again provided quick breakthroughs to rattle the opposition.

Broad struck in his first over after lunch to scalp Voges for 25 runs. Soon after he dismissed Mitchell Marsh for 12 runs with a deceiving off-cutter. Marsh's dismissal brought the highly-talked debutant Peter Nevill at the crease who added 91 runs alongside Smith for the sixth wicket.

However, Joe Root struck in the 140th over to help England end Smith's marathon-innings. Smith was trapped in front of the stumps during an attempt to play a premeditated reverse-sweep after scoring 215 runs. Root came back to haunt Australia once again as he dismissed Nevill for 45 runs in his very next over.

With Mitchell Johnson (12) and Mitchell Starc (11) at the crease, Australia were 562/7 after 148 overs at Tea.

Fall of wickets on Day 2:

95.4 overs: Stuart Broad bowled Chris Rogers (173) on a fuller delivery. Rogers was looking to drive but got an inside edge back onto the stumps.

106.5 overs: Mark Wood got Michael Clarke (7) out caught at square leg. Clarke was looking to pull but sent it straight into the hands of Gary Ballance who took an easy catch.

119.3 overs: Stuart Broad got Adam Voges (25) out caught by the wicket-keeper. Voges was undone by the cross-seam delivery as he got a thin edge that went through to Jos Buttler behind the stumps.

123.3 overs: Stuart Broad bowled Mitchell Marsh (12) on a deceiving off-cutter. Marsh was looking to punch it towards covers but got an inside edge that went back onto the stumps.

139.4 overs: Joe Root got Steven Smith (215) out lbw on flighted delivery. Smith was looking to employ the premeditated reverse sweep, but misses it as the ball crashed onto his pad in front of the stumps.

141.3 overs: Joe Root got Peter Nevill out caught at mid-off on a tossed-up delivery. Nevill was looking to drive, but failed to keep it down as the ball traveled straight towards Moeen Ali who dived forward to complete the catch.

Day 1 review:

Australian batsmen couldn't have answered their critics in any better manner than the way they did on the opening day of the second Test at Lord's. After deciding to bat first, Australia got off to a sturdy start as their openers Chris Rogers and David Warner added 78 runs in 15 overs. Though Moeen Ali provided the breakthrough to England, the hosts were in for a really long day. Rogers (158*) and Steven Smith (129*) teared into the opposition bowlers to record a partnership of 259 runs on the opening day.

The duo broke the previous second-wicket record of 231 runs put up by the Australian pair of Don Bradman and Bill Woodfull at Lord's in 1930. Smith and Rogers happily exploited the sluggish pace on a flat and lifeless pitch. The barrage of runs will surely boost the Australian fans who would be expecting to see their team make a comeback in the Ashes series after their loss in Cardiff earlier.

First published: 17 July 2015, 21:23 IST
 
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After a poor stint in gully-cricket quashed his hopes of turning pro, Rohan moved away from the playing field and began criticising those who were still on it. Football eases his mind and watching City paint Manchester blue is his elusive dream. When not talking, thinking or dreaming about sports, Rohan can be found listening to EDM or watching movies. A sports correspondent at Catch News, he has previously worked with Hindustan Times, Daily Bhaskar and India Today.

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