On a difficult day for bowlers, England won the toss and posted 289 for seven on the board at stumps on Day One of the second Test against Australia at Lord’s. Ian Bell scored his second consecutive 109, while Jonny Bairstow and Jonathan Trott chipped in with half-centuries of their own. England’s middle-order threatened to take the game away from Australia, before clever captaincy and some wily part-time spin got them back in.
The majority of the day belonged to Bell, who walked in with his team in a precarious position at 28 for three after a top-order collapse. The 31-year-old then stitched vital partnerships with Trott and Bairstow, and buoyed England out of trouble.
In his very first over, Smith got rid of Bell with a vicious turner which went in the red zone in the host broadcaster's ball revolutions counter, took Bell's edge and was lapped up by Clarke in first slip. If that was a lucky break, Smith said, hold on, I'm not done yet, as he snapped up the wickets of Bairstow and Matt Prior in the space of four overs to drown England from 271 for four to 283 for seven.
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