Steven Smith, who ended Day One of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s at an impressive unbeaten 129, was given a life on 50 when Ian Bell squandered a tough chance at slips after which Smith started scoring freely and his innings became flawless thereafter. MATCH REPORT: Rogers, Smith propel AUS to 337/1 at stumps on Day 1 of second Ashes Test

Smith explained that the dropped chance made him more alert about where his off stump, which enabled him to play a more measured knock thereafter. “I think that edge made me a little more aware of where my off stump was, I started to feel more comfortable at the crease,” Smith said. ALSO READ: Steven Smith, Chris Rogers break Ashes record for highest 2nd wicket partnership at Lord’s