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  1. Rogers 158*, Smith 129*
  2. Record second-wicket Aus stand at Lord's
  3. Bell drops Smith at second slip on 50
  4. Root reprieves Rogers on 0
  5. Aus won toss; England lead series 1-0

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By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Geoffrey, I'm sure there's plenty that hope you are right. Even if England can't take early wickets tomorrow, can their batsmen make best use of this friendly surface?

We'll find out tomorrow, so join us then.

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Phil Thomas from Flint: Didn't realise Heathrow's new runway had been built out in the middle at Lord's.

Steve Smith on Australia's plans: "We'll probably keep batting for a little while and try and post a big first-innings total.

"There's a little bit of rough starting to form. Hopefully Nathan Lyon can come into the game later."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"If Australia try and get there too quickly tomorrow, they might get themselves out and they won't get as many as they want. If I was Australia, I'd bat sensibly and that'd give them the best part of 90 runs by lunch. That gets them to 420 and it'll then be lovely for them to attack the softer ball in the afternoon and take the bowling apart."

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Steve Mackenzie: I don't want four bore draws with 500+ declared innings. Wickets create the excitement and the moments.

Neil Metcalfe: After bowling on this flat road we should be questioning whether Lord's deserves another Ashes Test rather than Cardiff.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"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."


Michael: As there seems to be an edict from up on high to produce cricket strips similar to Cardiff I have now sold my tickets to Edgbaston. I love the game but have no interest in watching cricket that is turgid and fails to be an even contest between bat and ball.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"This pitch has been deliberately slowed down. There's nothing in the rules against it, but I'm not sure it's good for England or for cricket in general."

Ashes Social

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Who is the best slip fielder you have ever seen?

After England's mistakes today, that's the question the panel will debate on Ashes Social on Radio 5 live at 21:00 BST tonight - hosted by Alison Mitchell and featuring Australian cricket writers Geoff Lemon and Jarrod Kimber and former England women's international Ebony Rainford-Brent.

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Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"I want to give Stuart Broad credit. He bowled well at Cardiff and look at his figures today - he hasn't taken a wicket but 0-47 in 16 overs was good in these circumstances. He beat the bat a few times too."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I haven't seen anything yet that tells me this won't be good for batting when it's England's turn. But there's scoreboard pressure and we don't know if the ball will keep low and turn appreciably as it goes on."

Close-of-play scorecard


Australia's Steve Smith, who made 129 not out: "That was very important after Cardiff.

"The pitch was a little bit slow and if you got in you needed to go big. The way we have batted and put on 250, a good day.

"We said we needed to be more patient. Last time I tried to go a little bit hard at Moeen Ali. Today was more about waiting for the bad ball and putting it away - I wanted to make it count today and get up on that board.

"It was about keeping them out there for as long as possible."

Australia batsman Chris Rogers: "That's probably a little bit better to bat on than a usual Lord's pitch. Hopefully it will wear and get harder to bat on later in the game.

"It comes down to individuals. A lot of us had opportunities in the last game. To turn it around, it all comes down to the individuals.

"It is dry enough to give Nathan Lyon something. It's dryer than usual, not like a country wicket. Hopefully it will spin big at the back end.

"It's one of the proudest moments of my career. To get a hundred here is so special. I have a lot of support here, lots of friends."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"What England did to stifle the run-rate in the afternoon was to bowl wider and wider of off stump. That was the only way they could do it. Eventually though you slip up with the older ball and the runs start to flow. By the time the new ball came, England couldn't do anything about it."

England stuck to their task - it's hard to think that anyone bowled badly. They simply ran in to two in-form batsmen. Rogers, eight scores past 50 in his last nine innings, late cut his way to a fifth Test ton on what will be his last appearance at Lord's, the ground he called home with Middlesex. Smith, the second best batsman in the world, drove, cut and pulled his way to a 10th Test hundred in the last two years.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was difficult to get the ball past the bat - James Anderson bowled alright and Stuart Broad was excellent, the pick of the England bowlers. He bowled beautifully at times."

Ian Bell
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England had one clear-cut chance - Smith dropped at second slip by Ian Bell off the bowling of Ben Stokes when he was on 50. Rogers flashed an edge over Joe Root at third slip in the very first over of the day, which perhaps could have been taken, and another edge fell short of slip in the final over. Apart from that, England had nothing.

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Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"This is only the second time only one wicket has fallen on the opening day of a Lord's Test, after England made 334-1 against India in 1974."

Chris Rogers and Steve Smith
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Do you need a review of the day? The score tells you all you need to know. Even the one wicket that did fall, that of David Warner, was down to batsman error, Warner trying to hit Moeen Ali out of London and only finding James Anderson at mid-off. The bottom line is that Australia won the toss on a flat pitch and Chris Rogers and Steve Smith have not given England a sniff.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Once England get a bat on this pitch... I wonder how they will approach it. Will they play in the cavalier way they did at Cardiff?"

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I know it's a flat pitch, but it's a separate challenge for the England opening batsmen in particular tomorrow. After two hard days in the field, there's scoreboard pressure to deal with and also the physical challenge."

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It's hard to fault England, they bowled reasonably well. I'd have to give them 6.5 or seven out of 10. They just need to go and have a pint, forget about it and come back tomorrow."

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"A terrific day for Australia and a frustrating one for England. Stuart Broad gives Chris Rogers a slap on the back. Good to see."

Close of play

Aus 337-1

Australian balcony applauds
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That is it, the end of the most one-sided day of Test cricket you could ever see. The Australian balcony applauds, while Steve Smith and Chris Rogers take handshakes from every one of the England team. A nice touch. Australia close on 337-1. If you've stuck it out, you have my admiration.

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I think it yorked Ian Bell or landed a fraction short. Yep, it was six inches short. Bell is standing at one and a half slip."


Aus 336-1

Close in the last over of the day. Chris Rogers edges towards Ian Bell, the only slip. Ball falls short, not a chance. Sort of sums up England's day. One ball to go...

Aus 334-1

When was the last time you saw a full day's Test cricket without a single review? I can hardly remember a time when England have struck the pads, let alone reviewed.

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Lee Parsons: Re John M Butt.... what are you on about? Finn in for Anderson. You cannot drop the second best bowler in the world and England's greatest. That'll be like dropping Messi from Barcelona team. Ridiculous comment.

Aus 333-1

Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook and James Anderson
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Mercifully, we have arrived at the final over. Broad to Smith.

Aus 333-1 (Rogers 155, Smith 129)

Moeen summoned to bowl the final over of the day from the Pavilion End. England's way of getting off as quickly as possible? Decent from Moeen, with Smith happy to sit ion defence of the off stump. We're all playing for time, here. Six balls to go.

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Horners from Beckenham: I was at that Test in 1989 (17:28) as a, by the end of the day, slightly bored 14 year old having got up early to travel down from Lancashire full of excitement. It's the nadir against which I compare all of England's successes of the last ten or so years many of which I have also attended. It makes the good times so much sweeter.

Aus 332-1 (88 overs)

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The light is fading, I doubt we'd be playing if the floodlights weren't on. Broad, long legs, bobbing blond hair, bright orange streaks at the back of his spikes, strives for the crease. Rogers, omnipresent, punches a drive through the covers for four. There are two overs left in the day.

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Albert Freeman: Add two wickets to the scoreboard… and it still looks dire.

James Bassett: Why do England so seldom use the yorker? I don't want it every over but I think it's really under used!

Michael Blakey: Great tactics from England, prepare four flat, slow pitches and draw the next four. 1-0 Ashes return. Simples.

150 for Chris Rogers

Aus 327-1

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers just keeps going. It's fitting that he goes to 150 with a stroke he has played all day. A movement towards the off side, a firm prod, the ball running to third man for four. England will be thoroughly sick of the sight of Rogers, the zinc on his lips and his ancient armguard.

Glenn McGrath

BBC Test Match Special

"It's five minutes to 3 in Australia - many will have woken up in the night, checked the score and then gone back to sleep happy and relaxed."