Chris Rogers (left) with Steven Smith (right) have been superb for Australia © Getty Images
Chris Rogers (left) with Steven Smith (right) have been superb for Australia © Getty Images

Australia head into Tea on Day One of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s, London. The visitors are 191 for one at the end of 57 overs with Chris Rogers and Steven Smith batting for them. David Warner and Chris Rogers shared a 78-run stand to help ensure Australia get a good start. The wicket had little help for the pace bowlers and apart from James Anderson none of the other bowlers had any assistance from the surface. But just like the first Test, Alastair Cook made a bowling change and it worked wonders for England as Warner holed out to James Anderson at wide long off after hitting him for a couple of boundaries in the very same over. Live cricket updates: England vs Australia, 2nd Test at Lord’s, Day 1

Rogers though continued on his merry way to score his seventh Test fifty vs England, 13th Test half-century overall to steady Australia as Steven Smith struggled at the other end. He grew into confidence as the day progressed but England kept the pressure on Australia by not giving away free runs. Smith then brought up his 12th Test half-century to signal his return to form. Rogers and Smith have already added 100 runs for the second wicket and will want to up the ante in the final session of play. Read:Rogers ensures Australia head into lunch on top vs England on Day 1, 2nd Ashes Test at Lord’s

England were good in patches but will want to take more wickets on this slower deck. They have kept the runs down but conditions are good for batting and they will know if they do not strike early, they might be chasing leather later today and tomorrow. They will want to field better, Ian Bell dropped a tough chance off Smith when the latter was 50. Live cricket scorecard: England vs Australia, 2nd Test at Lord’s

 

Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Australia made a couple of changes, bringing in Mitchell Marsh and Peter Nevill for Shane Watson and Brad Haddin. England went into the game unchanged from the previous Test. Read: Brad Haddin’s daughter hospitalised

Brief Scores:

Australia 191 for 1 (Chris Rogers 81*, Steven Smith 62*; Moeen Ali 1 for 35) vs England.

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(Nikhil Popat is a cricket lover and a PotterHead. He can be followed on Twitter @CricCrazyNIKS)