Ashes 2015, 2nd Test: End Of Day 3, Australia Lead By 362 Runs

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[caption id="attachment_84795" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Ashes 2015, Australia (Aus) Vs England (ENG) Australia's Steven Smith celebrates getting 200 runs on the second day of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia, at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)[/caption] Watch Live Ashes 2015 2nd Test, Day 3 Australia Vs England from Lords Cricket Ground. Australia dominated with the bat to post a first innings total of 566-8 declared in the second Ashes test at Lord's on Friday and then the bowlers ripped through the top order, reducing England to 30-4 at one stage. [caption id="attachment_84800" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Ashes 2015, Australia (Aus) Vs England (ENG) Australia's Adam Voges plays a shot off the bowling of England's Moeen Ali on the second day of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia, at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)[/caption] Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes led a modest recovery, guiding England to 85-4 at the close of the second day but leaving the home team with a mountain to climb to save the match. Stokes gained in confidence to reach 38 by the close, with captain and opener Cook on 21. "We can't complain," Australia pace bowler Mitchell Johnson told reporters. "We batted exceptionally well and then we were able to work in partnership as a bowling unit. We're happy with the situation we're in now." [caption id="attachment_84805" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Ashes 2015, Australia (Aus) Vs England (ENG) England's Ian Bell throws his bat as he leaves the pitch after being bowled by Australia's Josh Hazlewood on the second day of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia, at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)[/caption] Bowling as if desperate for revenge after an embarrassing 169-run defeat in the first test in Cardiff, the Australian bowlers tore into the England batting. The Lord's wicket was criticized as placid for the first two days as Australia accumulated a big score. England's top order found it anything but easy-going as the top four were blown away within 10 overs. [caption id="attachment_84813" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Ashes 2015, Australia (Aus) Vs England (ENG) England's Joe Root looks down as Australia's Mitchell Johnson jumps to celebrate taking his wicket on the second day of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia, at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)[/caption] Mitchell Starc, Johnson and Josh Hazlewood were all rampant, peppering England with full-length deliveries that swung and nipped back at them. "All I've been trying to do is to bowl fast and accurately," Johnson said after taking 2-16 from 6 overs. Opener Adam Lyth lasted two balls until he wafted lazily at a Starc ball, Gary Ballance accumulated a lucky 23 before Johnson bowled him, exposing a total lack of footwork, Ian Bell was out second ball missing a Hazlewood fast ball and in-form batsman Joe Root managed just one run before he also played a lazy shot at Johnson and was caught behind by debutant Peter Nevill. [caption id="attachment_84821" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Ashes 2015, Australia (Aus) Vs England (ENG) Australia's Josh Hazlewood, left, celebrates with Nathan Lyon after taking the wicket of England's Ian Bell on the second day of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia, at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)[/caption] All that in 9.1 overs and England was 30-4, still 536 behind. England pace bowler Stuart Broad was critical of the England top order, saying they seemed to have lost concentration after five sessions in the field. "We needed to be right on the money when we came out to bat for that period and we definitely weren't," he said. [caption id="attachment_84833" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Ashes 2015, Australia (Aus) Vs England (ENG) England's Joe Root leaves the pitch after being caught by Australia's Peter Nevill off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson on the second day of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia, at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)[/caption] England can still save the second test, Broad said. "There's a lot of hope in the changing room." Earlier, a career-best double century from Steve Smith powered Australia into a commanding position. Australia declared after playing just one over of the evening session, giving the tourists' bowlers a chance to attack England for about two hours. Smith was eventually dismissed half an hour before tea for 215, attempting a reverse sweep against part-time spinner Root. He missed the ball and was leg before wicket, a decision confirmed after review. [caption id="attachment_84843" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Ashes 2015, Australia (Aus) Vs England (ENG) England's Gary Balance is bowled by Australia's Mitchell Johnson on the second day of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia, at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)[/caption] Smith reached a career-best when he passed 199. He started his career as a leg-spinning allrounder but has become one of the world's best batsmen. He has 10 centuries in his last 30 tests. He faced 336 balls and hit 24 fours in his innings. Australia's imposing innings was built on a 284-run partnership between Smith and opener Chris Rogers, who hit 173. England battled hard, taking six wickets, but the damage was done on the first day. Australia resumed on 337-1 and Rogers was hit on the head by a James Anderson bouncer from the first ball of the day, and needed treatment for a graze. Rogers missed two games in Australia's recent tour of the West Indies after suffering concussion when he was hit on the head in the nets. [caption id="attachment_84847" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Ashes 2015, Australia (Aus) Vs England (ENG) England's Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Adam Voges on the second day of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia, at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)[/caption] Rogers added 25 to his overnight score when he was bowled by Broad's inswinging delivery that found an inside edge and glanced his pad before hitting the stumps. Broad was England's best bowler, finishing with 3-79 from 26 overs. Rogers lasted for 300 balls, and hit 28 fours. Rogers' and Smith's partnership of 284 from 485 balls was a second-wicket record for Australia at Lord's. Smith, 129 overnight, remained comfortable against the England bowling attack on a pitch offering little assistance. However, captain Michael Clarke never looked settled at the crease after waiting more than a full day to bat. He scored just 7 from 32 deliveries when he mistimed a pull off the bowling of Mark Wood and presented Ballance with a catch at square leg. Australia accelerated its scoring rate in the afternoon session, scoring 138 in 30 overs, and four wickets fell, two of them to Root. Wicketkeeper Nevill, replacing Brad Haddin, scored a breezy 45.

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