Ashes 2015: Rogers and Smith make England toil

Thursday 16th July 2015
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Written by Danny Painter

Steve Smith and ex-Derbyshire batsman Chris Rogers shared a record-breaking unbeaten 259-run stand on the first day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s to put Australia in the ascendancy. 

Smith and Rogers both scored hundreds as the hosts reached 337-1 by the close. Their partnership broke an 85-year record for Australia’s second-wicket at Lord’s, as Rogers made 158 not out for his highest Test score and Smith an unbeaten 129 after David Warner had squandered a promising 38 with a reckless shot.

On a day of few chances – Ian Bell dropped a low Smith edge at second slip – England’s bowlers rarely lost their discipline but struggled to pose any consistent threat on a slow pitch offering almost no movement off the surface.

With the tourists now in a position from which to dictate the match, Alastair Cook’s men face a major challenge to keep their series lead intact.

An Australia victory would tie the series and put Michael Clarke’s side back on track to retain the Ashes.

Australia, who selected Mitchell Marsh and Peter Nevill in place of Shane Watson and Brad Haddin, have not won an Ashes series in England since 2001.

After the conclusion of the second Test, Australia will travel to Derby for the start of the thee-day Bell & Co Tourist Fixture, starting on Thursday 23 July.

Bell & Co Tourist Fixture
Derbyshire vs Australia
Thursday 23, Friday 24 & Saturday 25 July

Derbyshire welcome Australia to Derby in the Bell & Co Tourist Fixture. Buy your matchday tickets in advance & save £4 per adult ticket purchased. Watch international stars including Mitchell Johnson, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith and David Warner in action at Derby.

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