LONDON (AFP) - England captain Andrew Strauss made the most of some poor Australia bowling with a century on the first day of the second Ashes Test here at Lord's on Thursday. England at close reached 364 for six with Strauss at 161 and Stuart Broad on the crease. At tea they 255 for two with Strauss, who'd won the toss, exactly 100 not out on his Middlesex home ground and Kevin Pietersen unbeaten on 22 as the hosts pursued a first Test win over Australia at Lord's in 75 years. Strauss, together with fellow left-handed opener Alastair Cook (95), shared a record-breaking first-wicket stand of 196 before completing his 18th Test century and fourth at Lord's off 178 balls with 15 boundaries. Mitchell Johnson did separate England's openers but figures of one wicket for 77 runs in 11 overs were testament to the left-arm quick's waywardness. Swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus, the one member of a four-man attack, depleted when Nathan Hauritz had to go off the field injured, to maintain some control, dismissed Ravi Bopara and at tea had figures of one for 49 off 20 overs. England, who had to survive a top-order collapse before clinging on for a draw in last week's series opener in Cardiff, resumed after a lunch in a commanding position of 126 without loss. Strauss was 47 not out and Cook, batting with rare panache, 67 not out with 56 of his runs in the first session. Off-spinner Hauritz was twice slog-swept for four in three balls by Cook. Australia captain Ricky Ponting was in something of a quandry. And he was faced with a real problem when Hautritz had to leave the field midway through an over after dislocating the middle finger of his right, bowling hand when he failed to hold an extremely tough return chance off a low, hard-hit Strauss drive. Even Hilfenhaus was pulled for four by Cook when he erred in dropping short. Wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, who'd been having a difficult match, let through four byes off part-time spinner Marcus North. And even Ponting, normally a brilliant fielder, saw the ball go through his legs to the delight of the crowd. Ponting returned to Johnson, whose first eight overs had cost 53 runs. But his first ball back was square cut for four by Strauss and when he dropped short, Strauss cut him over the slips for four more. When Strauss and Cook took their stand before 182 they'd surpassed the England's first-wicket partnership record against Australia at Lord's set by Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe back in 1926. However, there was to be no 10th Test century for Cook, lbw to an unusually straight Johnson delivery that kept a touch low, having faced 147 balls with 18 fours. Bopara looked stylish while making 18 but, playing down the wrong line, was plumb lbw to Hilfenhaus and England were 222 for two. SCOREBOARD ENGLAND 1st innings AJ Strauss not out 161 AN Cook lbw b Johnson 95 RS Bopara lbw b Hilfenhaus 18 KP Pietersen c Haddin b Siddle 32 PD Collingwood c Siddle b Clarke 16 MJ Prior b Johnson 8 A Flintoff c Ponting b Hilfenhaus 4 SCJ Broad not out 7 EXTRAS (b 15, lb 2, nb 6) 23 TOTAL (6 wickets; 90 overs) 364 To bat GP Swann, JM Anderson, G Onions Fall of wickets1-196 (Cook, 47.5 ov), 2-222 (Bopara, 53.6 ov), 3-267 (Pietersen, 65.1 ov), 4-302 (Collingwood, 76.3 ov), 5-317 (Prior, 79.3 ov), 6-333 (Flintoff, 82.3 ov) BOWLING BW Hilfenhaus 25-10-77-2 (4nb) MG Johnson 19-2-107-2 PM Siddle 17-1-66-1 (2nb) NM Hauritz 8.3-1-26-0 MJ North 16.3-2-59-0 MJ Clarke 4-1-12-1