The Ashes 2015 Highlights: Australia vs England 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights played on 16 July 2015. Aus vs Eng Day 1 Highlights at Lord’s. Watch Eng vs Aus Cricket Highlights on Thursday.
Cricket Series: Australia vs England The Ashes 2015
Australia Squad: MJ Clarke*, SPD Smith, Fawad Ahmed, BJ Haddin†, JR Hazlewood, MG Johnson, NM Lyon, MR Marsh, SE Marsh, PM Nevill†, CJL Rogers, PM Siddle, MA Starc, AC Voges, DA Warner, SR Watson.
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Michael Clarke won a crucial toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat first at the home of cricket, Lord’s in London.
Chris Rodgers opened the batting with David Warner, getting off to a slow start, ensuring that they did their job of playing out the new ball. Warner started to open his shoulders, taking a particular liking to the bowling of Moeen Ali. He attacking nature got the better of him when skying a delivery by Ali and was caught by Anderson with his score on 38 off 42 balls. This brought Captain Steven Smith to the wicket and the pair saw Australia through to lunch with the score on 104/1.
The post lunch session saw England doing a good job of restricting the Australian scoring, in the hope that it would lead to a wicket, but Smith and Rodgers showed good patience to build the innings. Both players reached their fifties during the second session, leaving the England bowling attack deflated.
The post lunch session saw Rodgers and Smith accelerating the Australian score, turning the tide very quickly after the defeat in the opening Ashes test match. Smith was the first to each his century, doing so off 222 balls. Rodgers reached the landmark soon after his Captain, using up 161 balls. They continued to dominate with the bat, combating the spin of Ali well, and played off Broad and Anders with the second new ball to end the day on 337/1, leaving Australia firmly in command. Rodgers will resume his innings on 158*, and will be keen to reach the magical double century on the second day, and it will be even more special as it will be at the home of cricket. Captain Steven Smith ended the day on 129*.