‘Couldn’t have asked for a better performance’


Australia captain Michael Clarke says he could not have asked for a better performance from his team after they hammered England by a huge margin of 405 runs in the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Sunday.

The visitors completely dominated the match from the time Clarke won the toss last Thursday and decided to bat first.

The Aussies then piled on 566 for eight in the first innings thanks to a maiden Test double ton from Steve Smith and a career best century from Chris Rogers.

On a flat pitch the Australia attack then bowled England all out for 312 before they batted quickly to get to 254 for two in their second knock at the crease, with David Warner scoring a brisk 83, to set their rivals 509 runs to win.

The bowlers, led by paceman Mitchell Johnson, then tore through England on the fourth day, bowling them out for 103 in just 37 overs to seal a comprehensive victory

The win was especially sweet for the tourists after they got outplayed by England in the first Test in Cardiff last week.

Clarke said afterwards: "Couldn't have asked for a better performance from every single player, the way the boys batted – Smith, Rogers, Davey Warner – and the intent through the second innings was outstanding then the execution from the bowlers."

"I thought the intent with the bat in the second innings was outstanding and the execution from the bowlers was spot on.

"We didn't feel we played our best (in the first Test) but I think today the boys sitting up there can look themselves in the mirror and say ‘we played some pretty good cricket."

The third Ashes Test takes place at Edgbaston on 29 July.