LONDON - Steve Smith scored a majestic 215 to lead Australia to 562 for seven at tea on the second day of the second Ashes test against England at Lord's on Friday.
England took four wickets in the afternoon session, Stuart Broad knocking over Adam Voges (25) and Mitchell Marsh (12) before Joe Root trapped Smith lbw as he attempted a reverse sweep and Peter Nevill fell for 45 on his debut, also to Root. Mitchell Johnson was unbeaten on 12 at the interval with Mitchell Starc on 11 and the Australians will be thinking about a declaration that will give them a chance to rip into England's top order during the final session.
England's fast bowlers extracted more movement than they managed on the first day when the tourists racked up 337 runs for the loss of one wicket on a lifeless wicket. James Anderson struck Chris Rogers on the helmet with a short-pitched delivery with the first ball of the day but the left-hander immediately bludgeoned two fours through the off-side to prove he was suffering no ill-effects. Rogers continued to flay the ball through the covers and it was a surprise when, on 173, he misjudged a full delivery from Broad which nipped back in to shatter his stumps.
The 37-year-old, who shared a second-wicket partnership of 284 with Smith, left the field to a standing ovation after making his highest test score which included 28 fours. In bright sunshine at the home of cricket, Broad bowled a probing spell from the Nursery End and Smith was becalmed before bringing up his 150 with his 17th four. Michael Clarke never settled and, on seven, he mistimed a pull off a short ball from Mark Wood, Gary Ballance taking a catch high to his right at square leg.
Smith and Voges took Australia to 424 for three at lunch but the latter fell in the first over after the interval, nicking Broad through to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Marsh crunched his first ball to the extra cover boundary before being undone by a delivery from Broad which kept low and cannoned into the stumps off the bottom edge of his bat. Smith reached his double century by hitting Moeen Ali through the leg-side for four, leaping in the air and flamboyantly waving his bat to a standing ovation as he became the first Australian to score a double-century at Lord's since Bill Brown in 1938.
He looked intent on inflicting more misery on the tiring England bowlers, only be deceived by Root's part-time off-spin and he walked off after batting more than eight hours and hitting 25 fours and one six.
Nevill's bright knock ended when he chipped Root to Moeen at mid-off. England won the first test of the five-match series in Cardiff by 169 runs.

Scoreboard

AUSTRALIA 1ST INNINGS
(OVERNIGHT: 337-1):
C Rogers b Broad 173
D Warner c Anderson b Ali 38
S Smith lbw b Root 215
M Clarke c Ballance b Wood 7
A Voges c Buttler b Broad 25
M Marsh b Broad 12
P Nevill c Ali b Root 45
M Johnson not out 12
M Starc not out 11
EXTRAS: (b8, lb14, w1, nb1) 24
TOTAL: (7 wkts, 148 overs) 562
FOW: 1-78, 2-362, 3-383, 4-426, 5-442, 6-533, 7-536
BOWLING: Anderson 26-4-99-0; Broad 26-5-79-3; Wood 28-7-92-1; Ali 36-4-138-1; Stokes 19-2-77-0; Root 12-0-55-2; Lyth 1-1-0-0.
TOSS: Australia
UMPIRES: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV UMPIRE: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
MATCH REFEREE: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)