Australia dominate at the Home of Cricket


Australia bounced back from their defeat in the first Ashes Test to completely dominate proceedings on day one of the second Test against England at Lord's on Thursday.

Steve Smith and Chris Rogers both struck unbeaten centuries as the visitors were 337 for one at stumps after their captain Michael Clarke won the toss and chose to bat on a flat wicket at the Home of Cricket.

Rogers batted throughout the day, facing 282 balls, in compiling his fifth Test ton, and career-best score, of 158 while Smith completed his 10th Test hundred to sit on 129 not out overnight.

The day started well for the Aussies as Clarke called correctly at the coin toss and had no hesitation in batting, as Australia looked to bounce back from the 169-run hammering they received from the English in Cardiff last week.

Rogers and fellow opener David Warner put on 78 in 15 overs and looked rather comfortable before Warner played a horror shot to offspinner Moeen Ali to be out caught at deep mid-off for 38.

That was the only damp mark on an otherwise bright day for the Baggy Greens as Rogers and Smith put on 259 for the second wicket and will still be hoping to add to their tally on day two.

England came into the match unchanged from the first Test while Australia made two changes with Mitchell Marsh replacing the out of form Shane Watson and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill came into the team to make his debut because Brad Haddin pulled out due to personal reasons.