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Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

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  1. Post update

    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.

  2. Text 81111

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

  3. Post update

    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."

  4. Post update

    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."

  5. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    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.

  6. Post update

    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."

  7. Email

    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.

  8. Ashes Social

    Ashes social

    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.

    Why not have your say? Text 85058, phone 0500 909 693, tweet @5livesport or visit the Radio 5 live Facebook page.

  9. Post update

    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."

  10. Post update

    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."

  11. Close-of-play scorecard

  12. Post update

    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."

  13. Post update

    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."

  14. Post update

    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."

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    Ian Bell

    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.

  17. How's stat?!

    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."

  18. Post update

    Chris Rogers and Steve Smith

    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.

  19. Post update

    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."

  20. Post update

    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."

  21. Close of play

    Aus 337-1

    Australian balcony applauds

    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.

  22. Close!

    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...

  23. 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.

  24. Text 81111

    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.

  25. Aus 333-1

    Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook and James Anderson

    Mercifully, we have arrived at the final over. Broad to Smith.

  26. 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.

  27. Text 81111

    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.

  28. Aus 332-1 (88 overs)


    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.

  29. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    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.

  30. 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.

  31. Post update

    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."

  32. Aus 323-1 (Broad 14-2-39-0)

    I'm struggling to remember what a wicket looks like. There's 10 ways to get a batsman out, right? Unless one of those methods is dynamite, England are out of ideas. Stuart Broad summoned, trying to test Rogers with some chin music. For the umpteenth time, leftie Rogers shuffles, squares up, nudges off his hips.

  33. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Thomas Ross: Not how I planned to be spend my day, listening to England going for more runs than Forest Gump!

    Paz: Does that mean Bell has dropped the Ashes? Or are we all square now?

    John M Butt: We should have had Finn in for Anderson. Not much "magic" about. Mind you he only need 1 wicket to be a hero these days.

  34. Aus 320-1 (Rogers 144, Smith 127)

    I'm not sure how the TV companies will put a highlights package of today's play together. One wicket, one half-chance and one drop. Apart from that, it's been boundary upon boundary. James Anderson serves up a half-tracker, Steve Smith cuts for four. Five overs left in the day, but there's plenty getting up to leave. They've seen enough.

  35. Email

    Daniel de Burca: Let's remember that this is day one of the second Test of the Ashes with England one-up. While I'm sure a Dale Steyn type quick could get something out of this wicket or maybe a Shane Warne type spinner, building up big scores is pretty irrelevant - Test cricket is still all about wickets in hand and England have 20. England should be delighted with this wicket so that they can play out an easy draw and move on with their series lead intact.

  36. Aus 315-1 (84 overs)

    Steve Smith

    Blimey, did I see that right? Has the ball gone past the bat? It has you know. Swing from Wood, beating Smith's drive. When Wood goes short, normal service is resumed with a hook for four. Michael Clarke, still on his feet, bangs his hands together like a proud father. Belatedly, we've even got some sunshine.

  37. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This is what Australia needed after Cardiff, but it shows how important the toss is - if the roles were reversed it would be a hard way back for us. But Australia have showed they have ticker today."

  38. Aus 311-1 (Rogers 143, Smith 119)

    James Anderson back into the attack, hoping to see this second new ball misbehave. Not a chance. It's like a hopeful child on Christmas Eve, floating to the middle of Chris Rogers's bat and scurrying to the cover boundary. The last time England were dominated like this on home soil was by Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis at The Oval three years ago. Amla got a triple century.

  39. Aus 307-1 (partnership 229)

    Swing for Wood, away from Smith, down the slope and towards the slips. Has the new ball just awoken the crowd slightly? The murmur is a little louder. At most other grounds, this time of day is when those well-oiled members of the crowd are in full voice. Not at HQ. The new ball does much the same as the old ball - finds the middle of Steve Smith's bat and ends at the cover boundary.

  40. New ball taken

    Aus 301-1

    That's enough of that, says Alastair Cook. The new nut is taken and is placed in the hands of Mark Wood. The floodlights are on, too. Time for something to happen? Three slips.

  41. Aus 301-1 (Rogers 139, Smith 113)

    I say here comes the new ball, but England haven't taken it. Yet. They might just be giving Anderson and Broad another over or two off. Moeen Ali still on, the new ball in the pocket of the on-field umpire after being jogged on by the fourth umpire. Steady job, fourth umpire. Look after the new ball, the lightmeters. Make the brews. Anything else?

  42. Remember this?

    Mark Taylor and Geoff Marsh graphic
  43. New ball available

    Aus 297-1

    James Anderson stands in the field, moving his head from side to side, readying himself to take the new cherry. On the Aussie balcony, Michael Clarke stands, as he has for most of the day, waiting for the chance to bat. Wood is full, Chris Rogers' bat is wide as a door. Here comes the new ball. Stations, everyone...

  44. Email

    Tom, NJ: I think the key difference between today and Cardiff is the cloud cover. The pitch was also flat at Cardiff but at least the ball swung, which meant you could pitch it up and force mistakes. Here, you just have to wait for a batsman to make one.

  45. Aus 296-1 (79 overs)

    Moeen Ali for the 79th over, perhaps the last we'll see of him for a while. In the crowd, Andrew Flintoff sits with what seems to be a rather dodgy back-to-front hat on his head. I'm not sure you'd fancy bowling on this, Freddie. Paint some lines down the middle and we'll call it the M6. Just six deliveries for England to get through before they can get hold of that new ball.

  46. Email

    Ian Grant: I am at Lord's today and this has been a terrible day's cricket. I don't begrudge the Aussies, but you at least want a remote contest between bat and ball.

  47. Aus 292-1 (Wood 13-3-45-0)

    Mark Wood into the attack, maybe only for a couple before the new ball arrives. He's got a strip of tape around his left hand, and some designer stubble on his face. Wood stands on a painted white line that marks the end of his approach, then explodes towards the crease. Good from Wood, back of a length. Three from it.

  48. Email

    David Blenkinsop: Who isn't now thinking the Aussies will look to bat once, stick 600+ on the board, and leave themselves three days to bowl us out twice on a deteriorating pitch.

  49. Aus 289-1 (Rogers 131, Smith 109)

    When was the last time England went through a whole day of Test cricket taking only one wicket? It's a real possibility today. Moeen after drinks, in the gloom and breeze, accurate stuff. A maiden. I say it's gloomy, the umpires even have the lightmeters out. Not that it will give England a way out, we'll just have the floodlights on.

  50. Post update

    Australian snooker player Neil Robertson likes the look of the scorecard.

  51. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    James Anderson and Alastair Cook

    "I honestly don't know where England are going to get a wicket on this type of surface. If Australia go about it right tonight and then bat on tomorrow they will get a big total and then see if scoreboard pressure works. It might not, but I would sooner be bowling with 500 on the board."

  52. Aus 289-1

    This is the sort of thing that gives a captain the hump. Ben Stokes has three slips, waiting for an edge, but he slides down the leg side and is worked for four by Rogers. Very windy at HQ, the flags atop the pavilion fluttering with gusto. The cynic would say there's more life in the flags than in the middle. Drinks. Four overs until the precious new ball.

  53. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    Australia fans celebrate

    "The Australia fans following this Ashes tour are as chipper as they have been at any point in the series. The tour group in the Edrich Stand, all kitted out in green shirts and yellow caps, must have sore hands from all the clapping they have been doing in this evening sessions, while several lofted Australia flags to toast the twin centurions."

  54. Aus 283-1 (Rogers 126, Smith 109)

    What a difference a week makes. The Aussie balcony looks like the cast of Neighbours, all relaxed smiles. Darren Lehmann is leaning back, hands behind his head, feet up. Ryan Harris, who retired two weeks ago, is front centre. Up above, Lord's is gloomy, perhaps matching the England mood.

  55. Aus 282-1 (partnership 204)

    Runs are starting to flow for the Aussies. In the last 10 overs they have bumped along at a run a ball. For the umpteenth time, Rogers shuffles back and across to angle through third man for four - that's the 200 partnership too. We're getting lots of tweets asking if the BBC wicket alert function is broken. I can assure you that it is not.

  56. Scorecard update

    Australia 272-1 (73 overs)

    Batsmen: Rogers 116* (221), Smith 108* (176)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 15-3-51-0, Broad 13-2-36-0, Wood 12-3-42-0, Moeen 17-2-72-1, Stokes 11-0-40-0, Root 4-0-23-0, Lyth 1-1-0-0.

    Australia won toss

    Full scorecard

  57. Aus 272-1 (Rogers 116, Smith 108)

    Is there a more demoralising task in sport than bowling/fielding when the oppo are piling on the runs? A football thrashing only lasts 90 minutes. Rugby, 80. If you're hammered at tennis, there's an end point. Same with snooker or darts. But, in cricket, you can be well and truly rubbed in to the dirt for days. Eight runs from Moeen's over.

  58. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    John Pierce: Maybe when England bat, turn the scoreboard off to avoid the 'scoreboard pressure' and we'll bat just fine.

    Ali Mason: Liam Plunkett's bouncers with our 8-1 leg side fields reminiscent of Sri Lanka last year wouldn't go amiss on this wicket.

    Chris Ingram: England never ever win matches on flat pitches as we never have (or select) true pace or leg spin. So why prepare one like this?

  59. Aus 264-1 (partnership 186)

    Ben Stokes recalled for the 72nd over of the day. We're scheduled for 90, so we're likely to go all the way to 18:30. If Australia get through the new ball, what could they have by the close? What might they have if they bat until tea tomorrow? Loose from Stokes, both sides of the wicket, allowing Rogers to pick up boundaries to third man and mid-wicket. At the moment, it's looking a bit one-sided.

  60. How's stat?!

    Steve Smith
  61. Aus 254-1 (Moeen 16-1-64-1)

    Still Moeen, asked to do a lot of work today, possibly more than he's ever done on the first day of a Test before. He's the only successful England bowler. Nice from the Beard, flight on off stump. He keeps Smith quiet for a maiden.

  62. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Isn't he (Rogers) saying he's retiring? He must be an idiot. He's in the best form of his life. Age is just a number.

    "Somebody will be in his ear shortly and say he should re-consider having this retirement and say 'you're crackers'."

    "If he is getting runs, why retire?"

  63. Aus 254-1 (70 overs)

    Rogers has scored 68 runs on the off side, lots of late cuts, cuts and drives. Remember, he could have gone in the first over, just like Smith should have gone on 50. England are 10 overs from the new ball. They're on their knees, begging for it.

  64. 100 for Chris Rogers

    Aus 254-1

    Chris Rogers celebrates his century

    There it is! In his last summer of Test cricket, Chris Rogers has a hundred on the Lord's ground he has so long called home with Middlesex. He drives James Anderson down the ground for four, punches the air, hugs Steve Smith, then takes the applause of HQ. A fifth Test ton for the 37-year-old, who was only recalled after one cap two years ago.

  65. Aus 250-1

    Ooohhh, Chris Rogers, that wait continues. Moeen the bowler, all efforts made to get those two runs. Cuts, prods, drives. Just a single, keeps strike on 99...

  66. Aus 249-1 (Rogers 98, Smith 103)

    Looking at Smith's wagon wheel, he has played all round the wicket. Straight drives, cuts and pulls. Remember, he scored his maiden Test ton in the final Test of the last Ashes tour here two years ago. He now has 10. Rogers on 98...

  67. 100 for Steve Smith

    Aus 247-1

    Steve Smith

    Well batted, Steve Smith. The Australia number three goes to a century with a pull for four and a roar of delight. Helmet removed, bat raised, applause from fans in yellow and the Australia balcony. He has his name on the Lord's honours board and the chance to go very, very big on this flat deck. 161 balls, nine fours and a six. He has bounced back from an average game in Cardiff to a give a show of why he arrived here as the world's best.

  68. Email

    Joe Noori: This is Test cricket, this is the Ashes, this will sort the true fans from the 20/20 johnnycomelatelys!

  69. Aus 243-1 (Rogers 97, Smith 98)

    Excellent ball counting from Smith, nudging the single from the final ball, pinching the strike. Chris Rogers, probably thinking about the strike himself, almost comes a cropper with a late response to the call.

  70. Aus 240-1 (Rogers 97, Smith 95)

    Stuart Broad has nipped off, trying to work his way through the Long Room. His progress is blocked by members who seem oblivious to the fact he is there. Or that a Test match is going on. Joe Root on. Fetch! Smith down the track, a straight maximum. Both men in the 90s now.

  71. Aus 232-1 (Rogers 97, Smith 87)

    England appeal, more through hope than expectation. Moeen to Rogers, drifting down, not likely to hit a second set of stumps. Still not the most amount of interest from the HQ crowd. Are you there? What's the mood like? A late cut, then a back-foot drive both bring boundaries and take Rogers to 97.

  72. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Snoredan Watkins: Shrewd move from England. Trying to draw the next four games to secure a thrilling 1-0 Ashes victory. Tactical genius.

    Matthew Green: Proper test match batting from the Aussies finally. Great patience that was lacking in Cardiff.

    Rachel T: It is DAY ONE. Calm down everyone.

  73. Aus 224-1

    Broad looks to tempt Smith by hanging it outside the off stump. Smith, now relegated to number two in the ICC Test batting rankings, isn't having it. When Broad blinks, going full and straight, Smith whips for four. Smith's shuffly, whippy technique really shouldn't work, but does. Very well. A bit like chilli chocolate.

  74. Email

    Jack Rawden: I woke up this morning very excited about the Test and my ticket to Lord's tomorrow. After today's play I wonder if it's worth bringing some other form of entertainment to stave off the boredom?

  75. Aus 218-1 (Rogers 88, Smith 82)

    Steve Smith

    Chris Rogers waits whilst a man in stone chinos moves around behind Moeen Ali. Sit down, sir. A single takes Rogers off the Aussie bogey number of 87 (100-13, geddit?), then Smith disdainfully skips to whack down the ground for four. My kingdom for a wicket chance.

  76. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a whole-hearted and committed piece of fielding from Ben Stokes. He tore down to the boundary, magnificent stuff... but they'd run four anyway. That's got to be disheartening."

  77. Aus 212-1 (run-rate 3.37)

    Steve Smith and Alastair Cook

    New plan for England, preying on Steve Smith's love of working through the leg side. To negate the Smith shuffle, there's catchers on the leg side, with Broad looking to nip the ball down the slope. Wait, scrap that. Two balls into the over, it's a complete change, now with two slips and two catchers straight on the off side. Smith, non-plussed, angles to third man, where the diving Ben Stokes saves a boundary. They run four anyway.

  78. Email

    Tom, NJ: Might I remind you that we have a bowler in the side with a Test bowling average a full 23.39 better than James Anderson. Yes, of course I am talking about the legendary AN Cook, bowling average of 6.00. Might he fancy a bowl?

  79. Aus 208-1 (Rogers 87, Smith 73)

    England have gone to sleep here. Easy Aussie single, throw comes in, nobody bothers to gather it, two overthrows taken. Moeen, the bowler, has a long look at Steve Smith, but I guarantee it's not his fault.

  80. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "From nowhere Stuart Broad has got one to nip away off the seam. A beauty... Chris Rogers just looked back at the bowler apologetically. He knew that was too good for him."

  81. Aus 205-1 (61 overs)

    200+ for the loss of one wicket doesn't look great for the bowling side, but England have bowled with discipline. Sometimes, on a good pitch, with batsmen who aren't making mistakes, the wickets don't come. Oh, Stuart Broad, that is another rozzer. Rogers again, angled in, nipping away, beating the edge. Rogers needs a wider bat to hit those.

  82. Text 81111

    Darren in Birmingham: As a South African and a neutral, are England trying to sit on a 1-0 lead by flattening the pitches? Long way to go...

  83. Aus 204-1 (Rogers 87, Smith 69)

    I hear you, Jake. I've often wondered of rule changes that could make these passages of play more interesting. Nothing sensible. Maybe if the batsman plays and misses he has to remove an item of protection? Or every 50 runs the fielding side can bring on an extra man? Moeen to Rogers in the sunshine, Rogers dabbing fine for four, a cut so late as to be positively posthumous.

  84. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Steve Smith and Ben Stokes

    Jake Hoy: I know it's not your fault but your minute by minute updates aren't anywhere near as exciting as they were last Friday.

  85. Aus 197-1

    Hello, what's this? The ball has deviated off straight. An endangered species so far today, the ball that's moved. Stuart Broad to Chris Rogers, round the wicket, nipping down the slope. For most of the day, the ball has been as likely to move as a darts player living next door to the pub. Big seam here, beating the drive. Good start from Broad.

  86. Email

    Mike Bell: In the late 1960s, both aged 16, my friend Martin Lawson and I were junior supporter members at Lancashire, and cycled, in our cricket whites, from Manchester to Buxton to watch Derbyshire play Lancashire. We spent four overs each fielding alternately on the boundary, before Martin almost stopped a four. Lancashire's Harry Pilling (all 5 foot 3 of him) then spotted us, and ran over and told us to (sic) "Jeffrey Off lads, now", which we of course did immediately.

  87. Aus 195-1 (partnership 117)


    No discernable buzz from the Lord's crowd. The loud murmur that usually provides the soundtrack has been dimmed all day. Plenty not yet back from the bar. Two singles from a pretty sedate opening over.

  88. Email

    Ben in Windsor: My twin brother has secured me a ticket for day five so I'm not overly upset with this flat deck. Looking forward to England chasing down a gettable total after Clarke declares early in order to try and force a result as Australia need a win.

  89. Aus 193-1 (Rogers 81, Smith 64)

    Players back out for the evening session. Muggy at HQ. Warm, but grey. Moeen Ali to Steve Smith.

  90. Your top sporting blags

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Martyn Brunt: Blagged my way into McLaren pit at 1990 British GP and stood between Ayton Senna & Alain Prost who ignored each other.

    Robbie: Sneaked into the starting pen of the first day of the Tour De France, Leeds. Mingled with the cyclists warming up. Superb.

    Al Giles: I managed to blag into a F1 drivers after party at KuDeTa in Singapore - great night, bemused looks from JB at my banter!!!

    Mike Hall: Blagged my way onto the side of the track at Estoril for '94 F1 GP. Converted my paddock pass to a media one by just walking in!

  91. Post update

    Thanks, Marc. So what makes a good pitch? I think it's fair to say there hasn't been a great deal in it for the bowlers but, without sounding too much like Geoffrey Boycott, don't judge until both teams have batted. Also, England have had chances. Smith dropped by Bell on 50 and, in my humble opinion, Joe Root should have held Rogers in the first over of the day.

  92. Post update

    Time for a change in the live text chair. Here's Stephan Shemilt.

  93. Updates on the move


    Remember, if you're struggling to listen to TMS or follow the live text today, you can always sign up for news and wicket alerts on your mobile phone or tablet, via the BBC Sport app. Full details here.

  94. 12th man duties

    Shane's carrying the drinks today. The grumpiest waiter in town?

    "How's that wine for you, sir?"

    "Nice, thank you."

    "Are you sure? Do you want to review that decision?"

    Shane Watson
  95. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Gordon Thursfield: Whatever happened to toe-crushing reverse swing? Are the balls tamper-proof these days or have the umpires wised up?

    Will D: I don't think the wicket alerts are working as I've only had one alert since 11.00am.

    The Johnson family: Some people looking for scapegoats already? What do you expect? That Aus will roll over and let us tickle their tums?

  96. Tea scorecard

  97. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "An excellent session for Australia. England tried everything. They bowled pretty well with good discipline but this pair batted with patience and ground it down and are in a strong position. In terms of sessions, it's 2-0 to Australia."

  98. Aus 191-1

    The Australian batsmen are applauded through a packed Long Room at Lord's. A distinguished chap in a white blazer directs them to the dressing room. "Just over there, lads."

    England went an entire session without taking a wicket there. Tough going.

  99. Tea-time chat

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    David Richardson

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  100. Tea - Aus 191-1

    Adam Lyth bowls

    A jittery poke by Chris Rogers as Adam Lyth instantly slips into a nice groove. He actually has a better first-class bowling record than his fellow part-time offie from Yorkshire, Joe Root. A bit of drift, a bit of spin and Chris Rogers is happy to block out a maiden. Tea, gentlemen.

  101. Post update

    Hang on... we've time for one more over, and it'll be sent down by Adam Lyth. His first over in Test cricket.

  102. Aus 191-1 (Moeen 9-1-35-1)

    Moeen Ali always look like he's got a wicket in him. He beats Steve Smith in the flight and the ball crashes into the batsman's pads - unfortunately for England it's going down leg.

  103. Aus 189-1

    With red stains on his trousers from his efforts to shine the ball, Mark Wood gallops in off a short run-up and digs a sharp one in at Chris Rogers who looks like he's booked in for bed and breakfast. Left alone by the veteran. One more over before tea, I suspect.

  104. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    Nursery Ground

    "Pleasant scenes in the afternoon sun on the Nursery Ground but why come to Lord's just to watch cricket on the telly? Just saying..."

  105. Aus 189-1 (54 overs)

    These two have now put on 111 runs. They're building a nice little platform for the strokemakers to come. Chris Rogers is lucky when he gloves behind while sweeping but the leg slip can't quite get there.

  106. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Charlie Rhodes: Can't help thinking England need something different right a leg spinner.

    Jack Byrne: Oh no, he's got Wood bowling short as a tactic. Gone back to Cook version 2014.

  107. Aus 186-1

    Mark Wood is a trier and he manages to nip the ball back into Steve Smith. A leg-before shout gets louder as the umpire makes his mind up. Not out. Going over.

    The runs continue to pile up, Chris Rogers punching Mark Wood for four. Incidentally, we are aware our scorecard is not working. We apologise and hope to have it back up and running soon.

  108. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Your favourite sporting blags

    Kaptchaos: Got myself onto the podium at Estoril MotoGP, walked down the paddock, up the stairs, past the bemused stewards, photo taken.

    Brian: Managed to get into F1 paddock after qualifying for 2006 British GP. Watched England v Paraguay in World Cup from Ferrari garage.

    Ben Mitton: Blagged our way into the Team Sky dining room at the Grand Depart in Yorkshire last year claiming to be PR...

  109. Aus 180-1 (Stokes 10-0-30-0)

    Chris Rogers and Steve Smith

    It's one of those afternoons when it's acceptable to catch 40 winks. With Ben Stokes' bowling speeds dropping to 81mph, he is milked for an easy two by a fleet-footed Steve Smith. Twice. When the all-rounder then bowls a horrible wide ball, Chris Rogers gets out the periscope to help the ball to the point boundary.

  110. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will be thinking 'whatever they get, we will be able to bat on it and we are 1-0 up in the series. They have to play catch-up'. But so early in the series that can be dangerous."

  111. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jack Byrne: ECB ask for these types of wickets, if England had batted first nobody would be moaning. Aus just batting well.

    Neil Peter: Before we all agree how dead this pitch is let's see how Australia bowl on it first.

    Andrew Russe: Folks saying how flat this track is... Just wait til we start batting on it .

  112. Aus 171-1 (Rogers 69 off 147)

    Mark Wood decides to test Chris Rogers with some short stuff. It's hard work though, the skiddy Durham bowler having to bend his back just to get the ball over a crouching 5ft-something batsman.

  113. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ian Bell

    Simon Goodall: Ian Bell yet again. Seriously he needs to go. He is constantly letting England down.

    Merlyn: Will someone please please please take Ian Bell out of the slips!

    Charlie Rhodes: Adam Lyth is Yorkshire's main slip fielder!

  114. Aus 171-1 (run-rate 3.40)

    Here's another picture of the Australian WAGs, posing for the camera this time. Yep... we've had to resort to this as Australia grind England into the Lord's dirt.

    Out in the middle, Mark Wood gets a hint of reverse swing into the right-handed Steve Smith who punches the next one down the ground for three. How costly could that drop be?

    Aussie WAGs
  115. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "This is the ninth time in a row that Steve Smith has reached 50 when batting in the first innings of a Test match. Only Mike Atherton, with 10, managed more in succession."

    That refers to the match's first innings, not Australia's first innings.

  116. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's exactly the way England are trying to get Smith out, getting him to drive. As soon as England have bowled channel to him he has looked so vulnerable on the front foot. It looks like England have bowled to good plans."

  117. Smith dropped on 50

    Aus 167-1

    Ben Stokes

    Oh no. England finally get a chance... but they grass it. Steve Smith flashes outside off stump and towards Ian Bell at second slip who can't quite get his fingers beneath the ball as it dies on its way through. A chance nonetheless. Ben Stokes looks livid.

  118. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    MCC member

    "Remember that blazer I showed you in the shop window earlier? Here's one happy customer..."

  119. Aus 167-1 (Rogers 69 off 142)

    This is where England could do with some Freddie magic. The big man is sat up in the stands, but he'd relish pounding in on this or trying to run somebody out from mid-off. With another 41 overs left in the day, the Aussies could go big here.

  120. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jake Maun: I think more needs to be done to make pitches give results. This track is flatter than a pancake under a bus wheel.

    Mike Bell: Glad I haven't forked out over a hundred quid to watch the anodyne stuff this bland pitch is producing.

    Simon George: I reckon Sir Geoff could get a 50 today. Only 50?! Well he is 74!

  121. 50 for Steve Smith (off 111 balls)

    Aus 167-1

    Steve Smith

    Steve Smith knocks Mark Wood for a single, bringing up his 12th Test half-century in 30 innings. Ominously for England, Smith tends to go big once he gets in. I'm talking Daddy hundred big.

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    Ian Rees: Many moans about this wicket - just shows how spot on Cardiff got it last week. Flat doesn't have to be dead.

  123. Aus 166-1 (run-rate 3.45)

    Ben Stokes is trying to use the Lord's slope to his advantage - going round the wicket to Chris Rogers and trying to run the ball down into the left-hander's pads. There's no sign of life in this pitch at the moment though. Stokes is trying hard and is rather optimistic with a leg-before shout when the ball hits Rogers on the shins. Going down leg.

  124. Your favourite sporting blags

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Roderick Decker: I blagged my way into playing for Man Utd for a year by pretending to be lethal Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. I was useless.

    Andrew: Went in through an open door at Carrow Road, Norwich while on holiday there charting Alan Partridge filming locations.

    TShrives: Best sporting blag for me was watching day 5 of the Oval Test in 2005 from the media centre having ridiculously snuck my way in.

  125. Aus 165-1 (Wood 8-2-32-0)

    England's slip cordon is interesting. First slip is quite wide, giving Jos Buttler more room to patrol, while second slip is even wider. It's a case of trying to cover as much ground as possible with as few men as possible.

    Chris Rogers is compiling a big score here, but he's lucky to survive when he tries an extravagant drive and the ball flies off his inside edge but avoids the all-important timbers. To rub salt into the wounds, Rogers flashes another wide one for four. If you don't laugh, you'll cry.

  126. Post update

  127. Aus 159-1 (Australia won toss)

    Alastair Cook nips off for a comfort break. Joe Root assumes charge of England in the skipper's absence. The luck continues to run Australia's way though as Steve Smith flashes Ben Stokes through the vacant third slip region. Four more.

  128. Post update

    This fella's going to wake up with a sunburnt face. Oh... and who's run off with his socks?

    A spectator takes a nap
  129. Aus 153-1 (Rogers 64, Smith 41)

    Mark Wood - comfortably England's fastest bowler when he touches speeds in excess of 90mph - is given a burst by Alastair Cook. Wearing boxing-style strapping across his left knuckle, he bowls something of a mixed bag - some being too wide to concern Steve Smith, others erring onto the pads. Pitching one up, he invites Smith onto the front foot and the right-hander obliges with a single into the covers.

  130. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not sure what England can do. They don't have a great spin bowler or a genuine quick bowler, although I'm not sure what impact that would have here.

    "They have got what they wanted, a flat pitch to negate Australia's quicks. They have probably done that but it's not easy to bowl out decent batsmen. That's the other side of the coin."

  131. Aus 152-1 (Stokes 6-0-13-0)

    Up on the Australian balcony Darren Lehmann chews gum while a random fella in a suit watches on. He's not a blag too, is he? In fact, in the spirit of Campbell Brown (see below), what's your best sporting blag?

    Back to the cricket, Ben Stokes has a furrowed expression etched across his face. Did he leave the hob on this morning? Steve Smith, when he gets going, can question a man's sanity like that. Especially when he's turning the scoreboard over with constant flicks and pokes for ones and twos.