Ashes: England struggle as Australia shine after Smith’s double-ton

London, July 17 (ANI): Steven Smith stole the limelight on Friday as Australia declared their first innings after posting mammoth 566 runs and then reduced England top-order batsmen to 85-4 at stumps on the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

Resuming at an overnight position of 337-1, Australia kept on piling runs and saw Smith (215) score his maiden double century while Chris Rogers was dismissed for 173.

Smith and Rogers also shared 284-run partnership for the second wicket, which is an Australian record for any wicket at Lord’s.

Debutant Peter Nevill was other notable scorer as he made 45 off 59 deliveries.

In reply, England failed to replicate their performance of the first Test as they were reeling at 30-4 in the 10.3 over. Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson led the counterattack as he removed Gary Ballance (23) and Cardiff hero Joe Root (1) in quick succession.

Meanwhile, opener Adam Lyth trudged back to the pavilion after failing to open his account following a dismissal by Mitchell Starc.

Veteran batsman Ian Bell (1) followed suit as he was bowled out off a brilliant delivery by Josh Hazlewood.

However, captain Alastair Cook and all-rounder Ben Stokes steadied the ship as the duo remained unbeaten on their respective scores of 21 and 38 to hold together the hosts’ innings. (ANI)

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