LONDON (AFP) - England's bid for a first Test win over Australia at Lord's in 75 years stalled after lunch here on the third day. England, having decided against enforcing the follow-on, were 130 for two at tea on Saturday - a lead of 340 runs. Ravi Bopara was 19 not out and Kevin Pietersen 28 not out. But neither batsman looked at their best during a stand so far worth 56 as England, having escaped with a draw in last week's opener in Cardiff, went in search of a win that would put them 1-0 up in the five-Test series. And Bopara was lucky still to be at the crease at all. The No 3 had made just nine when he edged Peter Siddle only for Australia captain Ricky Ponting, at second slip, to stun his side by dropping the seemingly routine chance. Then just before tea struggling left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson thought he had Bopara, on 19, caught pulling at mid-on by Nathan Hauritz, fielding following a first innings finger dislocation. Bopara stood his ground, the decision was referred to the third umpire and, with replays inconclusive, he was allowed to continue his innings. At lunch, England were 57 without loss after captain Andrew Strauss had opted not to enforce the follow-on. Strauss, who made 161 in the first innings, was 24 not out and fellow left-hander Alastair Cook, out for 95 first time around, unbeaten on 32 after putting on 196 with his captain on Thursday. But off-spinner Hauritz, whose selection for this was much derided in Australia, brought his side back into the match with two wickets for no runs in eight balls. Hauritz struck with his first ball after lunch when Cook was lbw. And he then removed Strauss for 32 with a well flighted, turning delivery that took the edge on its way to Michael Clarke at first slip. England were now 74 for two, with Strauss seemingly surrendering England's early advantage by not making Australia bat again. And they could easily have lost two wickets soon after Strauss's exit. Pietersen, on 10, was in the process of surving an lbw appeal from swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus when he scampered down the pitch. The ball ballooned to Ponting in the slips and his quick-thinking shy at the stumps just missed with Pietersen, unaware of where the ball had gone, well out of his ground. Johnson, billed as the spearhead of Australia's attack after a successful series in South Africa this year, had struggled for line and length during England's first innings. And his problems showed no sign of easing when his second delivery after lunch barely landed on the cut strip and wicket-keeper Brad Haddin had to dive in front of first slip to take the ball. Hilfenhaus, only picked for the first Test after the still-injured Brett Lee was ruled out with a rib problem, did give Ponting some control during an unchanged spell of more than 90 minutes. Strauss may have been wary of enforcing the follow-on after seeing South Africa draw last year's Lord's Test with ease after being made to bat again. He had a decision to make earlier Saturday after Australia were dismissed for 215, 11 runs shy of the follow-on avoidance target of 226, after England had made 425. Graham Onions took both wickets to fall after Australia resumed Saturday on 156 for eight, getting rid of Hauritz (24) and Siddle, who made a Test-best 35, on his way to figures of three for 41 from 11. SCOREBOARD ENGLAND 1st Innings 425 (A Strauss 161, A Cook 95; B Hilfenhaus 4-103, M Johnson 3-132) AUSTRALIA 1st Innings (overnight: 156-8) P. Hughes c Prior b Anderson 4 S. Katich c Broad b Onions 48 R. Ponting c Strauss b Anderson 2 M. Hussey b Flintoff 51 M. Clarke c Cook b Anderson 1 M. North b Anderson 0 B. Haddin c Cook b Broad 28 M. Johnson c Cook b Broad 4 N. Hauritz c Collingwood b Onions 24 P. Siddle c Strauss b Onions 35 B. Hilfenhaus not out 6 EXTRAS (b4, lb6, nb2) 12 TOTAL (all out, 63 overs, 292 mins) 215 Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Hughes), 2-10 (Ponting), 3-103 (Katich), 4-111 (Hussey), 5-111 (Clarke), 6-139 (North), 7-148 (Johnson), 8-152 (Haddin), 9-196 (Hauritz), 10-215 (Siddle) BOWLING: Anderson 21-5-55-4 Flintoff 12-4-27-1 (2nb) Broad 18-1-78-2 Onions 11-1-41-3 Swann 1-0-4-0 ENGLAND 2nd Innings A. Strauss c Clarke b Hauritz 32 A. Cook lbw b Hauritz 32 R. Bopara not out 19 K. Pietersen not out 28 EXTRAS (b12, lb5, w1, nb1) 19 TOTAL (2 wkts, 40 overs, 175 mins) 130 To bat: P Collingwood, M Prior, A Flintoff, S Broad, G Swann, J Anderson, G Onions Fall of wickets: 1-61 (Cook), 2-74 (Strauss) BOWLING: Hilfenhaus 16-5-38-0 (1nb) Johnson 10-2-28-0 (1w) Siddle 10-4-35-0 Hauritz 4-1-12-2; Match position: England lead Australia by 340 runs Toss: England Umpires: Billy Doctrove (WIS) and Rudi Koertzen (RSA) TV umpire: Nigel Llong (ENG) Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL).