Broad: We lost focus for 20 minutes


England fast bowler Stuart Broad was still positive about the match situation at stumps on day two at Lord's, despite Australia leading by 481 runs, saying England would recover after 'switching off' in the evening.

England ended the day on 85 for four, having lost those four wickets for 30 runs after tea, and Broad said two days in the field had made them lose focus as the Aussies declared on 566 for eight. 

He then praised Alastair Cook (21 not out) and Ben Stokes (38 not out), who had taken the score to where it was at stumps.

Broad said after the day's play: "(The mood is) bright after the end of the day, Ben and Cooky showed a lot of application. There aren't too many guys that can do that. It's given the guys hope that there aren't too many demons in this wicket.

"Anyone who's played a lot of cricket, watched a lot of cricket, will realise that when you've been in the field for that amount of time, and Australia batted very well to get that score, there are always tricky periods. 

"I think it was probably a mental switch-off for 20 minutes, which hurt us with those four wickets. We didn't stick to the individual game plans that we talked about, and switched off mentally, which in Test match cricket you can't afford to do. 

"But as soon as Cooky and Stokesy showed their steel, it's begun to look a bit slower and flatter, didn't it? 

"We've got a really clear job and that's to avoid the follow-on, because that will take time out of the game as Australia will have to bat again. 

"Runs can be scored on this wicket, there's a quick outfield here, and we just have to be switched on from ball one."