Australia hammer England by 405 runs to level Ashes

Australia opener Chris Rogers had to leave the pitch after he suffered a dizzy spell. He has said he plans to retire after the Ashes.
Australia opener Chris Rogers had to leave the pitch after he suffered a dizzy spell. He has said he plans to retire after the Ashes.PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES

LONDON • Australia thrashed England by 405 runs to win the second Ashes Test at Lord's yesterday and level the five-match series at 1-1.

England, set what would have been a new fourth-innings record of 509 to win a Test after Australia declared, collapsed to 64 for seven either side of tea on the fourth day.

They were eventually dismissed for 103 in just 37 overs.

Australia's victory was only the ninth time in the 138-year history of Test cricket that a side had won by more than 400 runs.

Australia laid the platform for this success when, after winning the toss, they piled up 566 for eight declared - an innings featuring Test-best scores from Steven Smith (215) and Chris Rogers (173).

This was the second time in the series a team had won with more than a day to spare after England's 169-run victory in the first Test in Cardiff last week.

The Ashes campaign continues with the third Test at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground starting on July 29.

At lunch, England were seven without loss after Australia skipper Michael Clarke had declared his side's second innings on 254 for two. But by tea, the hosts had collapsed to 64-5, as the visiting bowlers ran riot.

Bowler Stuart Broad was the least woeful among the England batsmen on just 25, while Ben Stokes was run out for a duck.

Mitchell Johnson took three wickets for the loss of only 27 runs while Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon both had two.

No side had made more in the fourth innings to win a Test than the West Indies' 418 for seven against Australia at St John's in 2002-03.

However, yesterday morning's play was overshadowed not by records but by the sight of Australia opener Chris Rogers leaving the field with a dizzy spell.

Rogers, who in the first innings of this match scored a Test-best 173, had added five to his overnight 44 not out when, after two overs' play, he crouched down by the side of the pitch and sat motionless.

He received several minutes' on-field treatment before walking off unbeaten on 49, with Australia 114 without loss.

The 37-year-old, who has said he plans to retire after the Ashes, missed Australia's recent 2-0 series win in the Caribbean with concussion after being hit on the head while batting in the nets.

And Friday saw him struck on the helmet by James Anderson during his marathon first innings effort.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2015, with the headline 'Australia hammer England by 405 runs to level Ashes'. Print Edition | Subscribe