Rogers, Smith find form

LONDON • Australia managed to bounce back strongly from their defeat at Cardiff when the Ashes cricket series resumed yesterday at a packed Lord's.

The touring side were 191-1 at tea on the first day of the second Test, having lost only David Warner for 38 in a dismissal that was entirely of the making of the opening batsman.

He had struck England's Moeen Ali for successive fours when the off-spin bowler was introduced, and then holed out to James Anderson at wide mid-off attempting to force the last ball of the over.

Having begun relatively slowly, the explosive opener was beginning to find his range with seven boundaries in a 15-ball spell, adding 78 with Chris Rogers for the first wicket.

On a slowish pitch, but with good carry at times, the England bowlers struggled to match the consistency of last week and were punished as the innings rattled along.

Michael Clarke opted to bat on winning the toss and, as expected, Mitchell Marsh replaced Shane Watson, with Peter Nevill making his Test debut behind the stumps.

England were unchanged, concerns over Ali's fitness having been allayed, but they struggled to stem the flow of runs which began when Rogers slashed the third ball of the match over the slips in a sign partly of intent.

Rogers, who was 81 not out, began to find a more orthodox tempo and came through a strong test of his back-foot technique when Mark Wood operated from the Pavilion End. Steve Smith, meanwhile, looked at ease with an unbeaten 62.



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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 17, 2015, with the headline 'Rogers, Smith find form'. Print Edition | Subscribe