Ashes 2015: Australia expected to take England down - Chris Rogers

Australia's Chris Rogers celebrates his century at Lord's
Chris Rogers hit his fifth Test century
England v Australia, second Test
Venue: Lord's Dates: 16-20 July
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Chris Rogers says Australia went into the Ashes thinking they were going "to come in and take England down".

The tourists beat England 5-0 in Australia in 2013-14 but lost the first Test in Cardiff by 169 runs.

"We came into this series riding this crest of a wave," said Rogers, whose unbeaten 158 helped Australia to 337-1 in the second Test at Lord's.

"To suffer a heavy loss like that kind of put us back in our place and made us question ourselves a little bit."

Rogers shared an unbeaten second-wicket stand of 259 with Steve Smith which left Australia in a commanding position at the close of day one after they won the toss.

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The opening batsman, 37, added: "I always think when you are having a tough time it comes down to individuals to change the momentum. Hopefully Steve and I have made a bit of a statement and showed our changing room as much as anyone we can get the upper hand on England."

Smith questioned England's tactics, saying he was "surprised" at Alastair Cook's field settings.

"I think it was a good pitch to bat on but they got defensive quite quickly," said Smith. "I know that's one thing we're certainly not going to do.

"We didn't play as well as we could in Cardiff and we copped a lot for that and rightfully so, so it was pretty important for us to start this Test well."

Australia dominated on a slow pitch as England's bowlers found it hard going, claiming only the wicket of David Warner.

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"There is no life in the pitch at all. England haven't extracted anything from it. Credit to Australia, though, because they've shown great character and come roaring back after Cardiff. They've played every ball on its merits and made sure not to make any mistakes."

Cook's side need a more productive day on Friday as they try to keep their 1-0 series lead intact.

England pace bowler James Anderson said: "I probably wouldn't choose to bowl on that wicket, but that's what we've been given for the week and Test cricket is all about adapting your game to be able to take wickets on any kind of pitch.

"It's always difficult to judge a pitch when only one side has batted on it.

"We're going to come with a positive attitude that we can still win this game but we know we have to play much better to do that."

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