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  1. Stokes & Cook rally from 30-4
  2. Lyth 0, Ballance 23, Bell 1, Root 1
  3. Australia declare in first over after tea
  4. Smith 215, Rogers 173, Nevill 45; Broad 4-83
  5. England lead 1-0 in five-Test series

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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I like your optimism, John. If England are going to save this match, they need to bat most of the next three days, probably with a bit of rain thrown in. Summon the spirit of Brisbane 2010?

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John Vron: Happens so often at Lord's. England will fall way short in the first innings. Follow on and then bat throughout to save the draw. Add that Sunday will be lost to rain... it's got draw written all over it!

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Stuart Broad on the mood in the England camp: "It's brighter after the application Cookie and Stokes showed. It's begun to look a bit slow and flat again.

"That's given the guys a lot of hope that's there's not too many demons in this wicket. Runs can be scored. We just need to make sure we're switched on. They always say day three is the best time to bet at Lord's...

"Whatever happens in this Test match, we can take a lot of positivity out of that fight."

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England's Stuart Broad, who took 4-83, on Sky Sports: "We mentally switched off for 20 minutes, which in Test cricket you can't afford to do.

"Credit to our bowlers on coming back today - we fought back well.

"They bowled really well tonight. When you've got a lot of scoreboard pressure and 30 overs to bowl, you can fly in for one spell."

Could the weather help England?

Sunday's weather forecast is looking more helpful for England than Australia. Although the hosts must get through Saturday first....

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Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was a poor shot from Ian Bell. I forecast it. People like Josh Hazlewood - he's a tall lad - they do you for length. Gary Ballance... it was brilliant bowling. He pushed Mitchell Johnson for four, got sucked into playing it again and was bowled."

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England bowler Stuart Broad, speaking to TMS: "We have to try our best to avoid the follow-on. We will hope for blue skies in the morning and then we have to apply ourselves. There are no demons in the pitch but we had a ropey 20 minutes earlier. We've still got a chance to bat big - we've got 16 wickets to play with in this Test. If people get in and play to their gameplan, they're going to be hard to get rid of."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I thought we could have done a lot better with the bat. You do have heavy legs and your mind is tired but you need better application and discipline. Adam Lyth... the one thing they wanted him to do was play away from his body. You should leave anything you don't have to play. You really want to make them bowl to you. Leave as much as you can."

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Mitchell Johnson
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Mitchell Johnson on Steve Smith, who made 215: "I've seen him since he's first started. He doesn't walk around like he's the number one or two in the world; he just works hard. I'm really proud of what he did."

On what lies in store on Saturday: "England will be having a good night's sleep and digging in. Hopefully they'll play that aggressive brand of cricket they've been talking about and we'll see where that goes."

Player's view

Australia's Mitchell Johnson, who removed Gary Ballance and Joe Root to end the day with 2-16, on Sky Sports: "We came here, won the toss and were able to put the runs on the board and put England under pressure straightaway.

"We knew the wicket would have a bit more bounce than Cardiff. The boys have done well. They've started this Test match really well after Cardiff.

"The plan was to go pretty hard at Root - be more aggressive, don't let him settle.

"In English conditions, we talk about bowling fuller than we would back home. We know Ballance is deep in the crease but it's nice when a plan comes off like that."

Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook

Without the fight of Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes, England could have been as good as beaten tonight. Instead, the fifth-wicket pair showed England that this pitch could be just like the one Australia batted on. England dragged to 85-4 at the close. Still miles behind, but still with a glimmer of hope of saving the game. Just.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I used to work on the basis that of the six batsmen in the team, two will get out cheaply and then it's up to two of the four who get in to get a big score. That's what happened for Australia."

Joe Root loses his wicket

Gary Ballance bowled neck and crop by Mitchell Johnson, Ian Bell suffering the same fate to Josh Hazlewood. When Joe Root loosely flashed Johnson behind, England were deep, deep in the mire at 30-4.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Michael Carke struggled and Stuart Broad again got him out - he's got a problem at the moment. He's one of the best batsmen in the world but averages more runs at number five than four. Whatever the reason is for that, I'd put him to number five in the next match and move Voges up to four."

Could England make batting seem as easy as Australia did? The answer came only two balls into their innings. Adam Lyth caught behind for a duck and, from there, Australia ran riot.


Andy Bracken: I'm all for the 'aggressive new England' approach we've enjoyed recently. But there are times when you simply have to dig in and defend. Cook has done that, and fair play to him. England need to follow their leader, and a draw is still achievable... as long as there's a bit of bad weather to assist!

It always seemed like Australia would go big, the question was how big? Though England's bowlers stuck to it and got more rewards than day one, recovering the overnight score of 337-1 was always going to be unlikely. Steve Smith, with a maiden Test double hundred, rammed home the Aussie advantage to take the men in green to 566-8 declared.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It started Australia's day and finished Australia's day. Steve Smith went on in his uncomplicated way and England haven't worked out the best way to bowl at him. He's gone quietly along playing in his own style and never looked in too much trouble."

Saying it was a fantastic day for Australia might be under-selling it a touch. They have cashed in on a pitch that we thought was dead, only to extract life from the very same surface to lay waste to the England top order. Can England get out of this one with their series lead intact? It would take some effort from here.

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"A fantastic day for Australia. They are all patting each other on the back. Smith and Rogers were outstanding but Starc got things going with that wicket to get rid of Lyth and then there was the Mitchell Johnson factor. They looked like the old Australian side of a few years ago. They had that menace about them again."

Close of play

Eng 85-4

Alastair Cook and Steve Smith
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England get through with no further losses, just the, ahem, four that came in that mad hour after tea. Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes have shared 55, but that is the tiniest scratch on Australia's huge 566-8 declared. The tourists need 16 more wickets in three days to level this series.

Eng 85-4

Over to you, skipper. Stokes takes a single and leaves Cook five balls to play. Shadows long, dead bat. One to go.

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Sebastian in Suffolk: England are getting their comeuppance for trying to control the result by ordering a nothing wicket. If they'd left well alone, they'd have had a decent first innings contest between bat and ball. As the wicket speeds up and takes spin they'll pay the price. They should have just got on with it in the first place.

Eng 84-4

Nathan Lyon to bowl the final over. Ben Stokes on strike. Four catchers.


Jeffrey Earp: This page should be compulsory reading for every sociology student in the UK. Where else can you see the English psyche laid so utterly bare?

Eng 84-4 (Cook 21, Stokes 37)

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Mitchell Marsh, shirt untucked and flapping up his back, strives in for the final over from the Nursery End. This isn't bothering Alastair Cook, who has seen all four wickets fall at the other end this evening. In the crowd, a young chap sleeps on the shoulder of his dad, while two Aussie sub fielders prowl the boundary like bouncers in white. One over to go.

Eng 84-4 (trail by 482)

Eighteen balls for England to get through, probably all delivered by Mitchells. Johnson set for 12 of them, two overs from the pavilion end. He stalks in as Lord's becomes increasingly quiet, plenty of empty seats as so many head for the exit. Why would you leave early? Stokes gets in behind, but is he showing signs of an injury?

Eng 81-4 (trail by 485)

Mitchell Marsh gets his first bowl of the match, scurrying his brisk medium-fast up the slope towards the pavilion. Right-arm, haircut you can set your watch to, full length and angled across the left-handers. Sun hiding, gloomy evening, three runs from it. England, somehow, might just get to stumps four down.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"In the Test match here against New Zealand, they had a burst at the end of the day and Ben Stokes got out. That will be in the back of his mind now."

Eng 78-4 (trail by 488)

Mitchell Johnson back into the attack, three overs for him to blast down before the close. It's hard to describe how different things look to an hour or so ago. Johnson is still touching 90mph, but Stokes seems to have much more time to play it. As I said, this pitch is looking much more like the one Australia batted on. Trouble is, it took them more than four sessions to lose four wickets. England's first four fell in 63 balls.

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Rustique Chairs: Blimey. These fickle, negative wave England supporters crying on the text are the sort of wimps you don't want in a fight.

Eng 78-4 (Cook 18, Stokes 34)

Besides that quick blast of naughtiness from Nevill, it all feels rather sedate, far removed from the fireworks of earlier on. On the Aussie balcony, Darren Lehmann has a smile as wide as the Thames, brew in hand. Pity the man who goes pint for pint with him tonight.

Third umpire

Eng 78-4

Peter Nevill
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Hang on... there's a little call for third umpire because Peter Nevill cheekily removed the bails while Alastair Cook wandered in his crease. A brief scare but the skip is fine.

Eng 77-4 (trail by 489)

Andy Flower sits on a balcony, looking pretty pleased that he does not have to be in the dressing room at the end of the day's play. He's got bad memories of 18 months ago. Hazlewood, who has struggled to make Cook play, comes round the wicket and keeps the England skipper honest for a maiden.


Mitchell Johnson

Tom, Strasbourg: Is it just me, or does Mitchell Johnson have ridiculously white teeth in every photo the BBC use of him? Does he use special toothpaste, or are his whites not so white?

Eng 77-4

Ben Stokes has called for the physio, having a drink of something that could be designed to alleviate cramp. At the same time, Mitchell Johnson has taken himself off through the Long Room. Readying himself for one last burst tonight?