Ashes 2013: England v Australia, second Test, day one as it happened

England lose three late wickets to close the first day of the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's on 289-7.

18 July 2013 Last updated at 20:16

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  1. 1918: 

    And with that, this fascinating day of Test cricket comes to an end. Once more, fortunes fluctuated, but it is Australia who will hit the pillow happier this evening. Join us tomorrow to see if they ram home the advantage, or if England battle back.

  2. 1915: 

    Of course we will return with all the build-up up to tomorrow's play from 0900 BST, but until then there's plenty to keep you occupied.

    Sam Sheringham's match report is your first port of call, with the thoughts of Jonathan Agnew to follow.

    Then, listen to highlights and podcasts on the BBC Radio 5 live Ashes page.

  3.   
    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not sure if Australia should be too happy until I see them bat. I want to see what England can do with the ball here. At least England have not raced away with the game. I'm pleased about that, it looks like it will be another corker of a match. If England bat well in the second innings, it's going to turn. If the pitch bakes for three days, it will turn."

  4. 1910: 

    So where does this leave the game and what can expect tomorrow morning? The Aussies, on what looks like a very good pitch to bat, will be delighted to have taken seven England wickets. They will look to wrap up the tail then put England under pressure with a big score. The home side, on the other hand, need the tail to wag and another strong showing from the bowlers.

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    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought the ball which got Ian Bell was good, but Jonny's dismissal was ordinary and Matt Prior's shot was just poor. That's what Australia need from Steve Smith. Richie Benaud wasn't a great spinner early in his career but he kept his place in the team as a batsman. Smith got some runs at Trent Bridge and his bowling is coming along. If he can make a contribution with the bat, it's brilliant for Australia."

  6. 1908: 

    Enter Steven Smith, once picked for his leg-breaks but now very part-time. He did for Bell with a jaffa, then persuaded Bairstow to pat back a full toss. When Matt Prior was caught behind playing a poor cut shot, England had lost three wickets for 12 runs. With England closing on 289-7, Smith had given the Baggy Greens the upper hand.

  7. 1906: 

    England centurion Ian Bell: [joining Jack Hobbs - twice - Wally Hammond and Chris Broad in scoring Ashes centuries in three successive matches] "It's nice, today was about trying to get as many runs as we could and if that comes with it that's good. Credit has to got to Australia, Harris coming back into the team bowled really well myself and Jonathan Trott and myself had to leave really well.

    "You know Australia are just going to keep coming at you and you've never got enough. Today was another great day of Test cricket, coming from Trent Bridge we had an amazing match there and it looks like we've got another one here at Lord's. We'll see as the game goes on what a good first innings score is. If the dry conditions stay we know we have quality bowlers who can bowl reverse swing and then later on spin will come into it."

  8.   
    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ian Bell played beautifully, he was like David Gower. You wonder how he can get out when he plays like that. This was an important knock but we don't know how important until Australia bat. Jonny Bairstow did well to fight, played some good shots, enjoyed a slice of luck but if he is really interested in doing well he needs to look at his dismissal at Trent Bridge, when he was bowled, and how Peter Siddle bowled him in this innings."

  9. 1902: 

    After his crucial hundred at Trent Bridge, Bell would complete another vital century for his country. Bairstow, meanwhile, would make the most of his reprieve to notch a fourth Test half-century and third at Lord's. England 271-4, Australia looking short of options.

  10. 1900: 

    The rebuilding would be done by Ian Bell. First in the company of Jonathan Trott, then Jonny Bairstow, with stands of 99 and 144. Trott, looking set, helped Harris to deep square leg, while Bairstow was bowled by a Peter Siddle no ball.

  11. 1859: 

    But it was anything like regal from England in the morning session. The hunch of Michael Clarke saw Alastair Cook trapped leg before by Shane Watson, with the recalled Ryan Harris accounting for Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen. Three wickets in 11 balls, England 28-3 on a road.

  12. 1857: 

    Days, weeks, months, ago, England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and opted to bat first on a belting deck under blistering sunshine. Every inch a batting day. Before that, though, the players would be presented to our royal visitor, Her Majesty The Queen.

  13. 1856: 

    Geoffrey is in to his review of the day on TMS. Let's join in, shall we?

  14.   
    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was an interesting day, good for cricket. The pitch was good and there was something there for the seamers early on. Australia got three wickets without bowling too well, and certain Australian bowlers from the past will have fancied bowling on there, and didn't pressurise England enough. They kept bowling 'four balls' and that allowed Ian Bell to build his confidence."

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    Martin Upshall: Cricketers are not machines, batsman will not always hit 100s and will make mistakes. Let both innings occur before moaning

    Sahil Oberoi: England will look pretty silly if Anderson gets hurt trying to fend off the new ball. All to protect Lady Broad.

    H Todd: Broad's batting can be erratic verses Spin and New Ball. England had to steady the ship, bringing on Jimmy made a lot of sense.

  16.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "It began as Australia's day, went England's way in the middle and ended it as it began. To have seven English wickets down for less than 300 in conditions that looked splendid for batting will delight skipper Michael Clarke, whose reward for constant innovation in the field was those three late wickets for Steve Smith. A blond, tousle-haired leg-spinner ripping the England batting order apart - haven't we been here before?"

  17.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Give Michael Clarke credit. He might have taken the new ball after Bell was out, but he persevered with Smith and was rewarded for doing so."

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    James Mogridge, TMS inbox: If Australia keep up this level of quality then we are in for one hell of a series. The Waugh/Ponting team could rely, to a certain extent, on their natural talent, but these guys are giving absolutely everything and we have to take our hats off to them.

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    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Australia will be delighted after losing the toss. They have bowled very well and have got their noses in front, having taken seven wickets on a flat pitch. They have got the new ball tomorrow morning and will fancy themselves to roll over England for 300 and then bat well."

  20. 1849: 
    Australia up

    Lots of hand-shaking and back-slapping from the Aussies as they make their way off. England's batsmen have sprinted for the pavilion, but Australia linger in the evening sun just that little longer. They return through the Long Room to polite applause. The final session, and more specifically the intervention of Steven Smith, has tipped the balance their way.

  21. 1848: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Eng 289-7 (89 overs)

    So the last over the day will be bowled by James Pattinson, with James Anderson likely to get a mix of very full and very short bowling. Three slips, a gully, a short leg, leg gully and another catcher on the leg side keep Anderson company, but the Lancashire man stands firm. In behind the final ball of the day, Anderson turns for the pavilion. The end of what has been Australia's day.

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    John Butt, TMS inbox: Matt Prior was brought into the England side ahead of better wicket keepers because of his batting. I have never felt batting at seven this has ever been the case. We held onto Paul Collingwood far too long and we are doing the same with Prior. I would like to see a wicketkeeper that can bat six, not below. Prior has to bat not keep throwing his bat and getting out. We should have dropped Prior not Finn.

  23. 1843: 
    NEW BALL TAKEN- Eng 287-7

    Australia finally opt to take the new ball. They will have one, maybe two overs with it this evening, then another bash at England's tail tomorrow morning. Ryan Harris is the man who has it, immediately finding movement away from Bresnan. The Yorkshire all-rounder survives and we'll squeeze another over in. Does that mean Stuart Broad can take his pads off now?

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    Hugo Jennings: Average score at Lord's: 377. England need a miracle knock from Bresnan to get there.

    Matt Baddeley: This series has got more twists and turns than a Thorpe Park rollercoaster! What next?

    Thomas Knights: Even with 18 overs bowled by spinners, Australia not going to bowl 90 overs. Poor over-rates yet again.

  25. 1841: 
    Eng 287-7 (Bresnan 7*, Anderson 2*)

    I wouldn't mind seeing some sort of player-cam on Steve Smith. He's such an entertaining character. All arms and legs in his bowling action, as if controlled by a puppeteer, he's appealing, sighing, moving fielders this way and that. Leggies turning back to James Anderson, other deliveries pushed through with more pace. He may, however, be about to come out of the attack...

  26. 1835: 
    Eng 285-7 (Bresnan 6*, Anderson 1*)

    It's probably time to stop wondering about the new ball, the Aussies are doing just fine with the old one. Ryan Harris is even finding some reverse swing. As for Steven Smith, England are looking a little clueless against his leggies. Shane Warne is definitely retired from Test cricket, right?

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    Phil Walsh: Another failure from Prior. It's his game to play shots, but he has to take the situation in hand and score more runs.

    Jack Butcher: Inconsistent from Eng top order once again, 400+ is par on this pitch... down to the tail to wag & get us out of trouble again.

    Si Lomas: The mind boggles a nightwatchman at 9? What planet are they on? Pathetic.

  28. 1830: 
    Eng 283-7 (Bresnan 5*, Anderson 0*)
    Steve Smith

    Erm...what's happening here? Stuart Broad, England's number nine, is being protected by a night-watchman. James Anderson is striding to the middle, met by a few boos. Are those boos for the non-appearance of Broad?

  29.   
    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "What a spell of bowling! He's dragged Australia right back into this match and England teetering. A quicker one from Smith just hurried on and beat him for pace. Smith has put the cat amongst the pigeons here."

  30. 1827: 
    WICKET- Prior c Haddin b Smith 6 (Eng 283-7)

    I can't believe what I'm seeing. Steven Smith is running through the England middle order. This time, Matt Prior aims a cut at a skidder, but only gets a little edge through to Brad Haddin. A good delivery, a very good catch, but not the best shot from Prior. Not for the first time, an Aussie leg-spinner has England in disarray.

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6), 28-3 (Pietersen 2), 127-4 (Trott 58), 271-5 (Bell 109), 274-6 (Bairstow 69), 283-7 (Prior 6)

    Scorecard

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  31. 1826: 
    Eng 283-6 (84 overs)

    Michael Clarke has had a decent day as skipper. First his hunch to bowl Shane Watson in only the fifth over did for Alastair Cook and now he has two wickets from the last-ditch option of Steve Smith. Ryan Harris, the new-ball bowler, returns without the new ball. A maiden.

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    Dale in Staffordshire, TMS inbox: Can't believe it took Clarke so long to turn to a blonde leggie against English batsmen.

  33. 1823: 
    Eng 284-6 (Prior 6*, Bresnan 5*)

    Still Smith, tossing leg breaks from right hand to left as if he was Shane Warne. Prior, a very good player of spin, latches on to a ball that is only just short, squeezing a cut to third man for four. Smith, as all part-time bowlers do, throw his hands to his head and cries in anguish as if the greatest cricketing crime the world has ever seen has been perpetrated against him.

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    Sebastian Clare: Atrocious from Bairstow. I know he got 67 today, but my God, in these conditions that is brainless. Bring in Compton.

    Neale Pye: If Prior can see out today there is a hundred for him tomorrow.

    Rafi Max Dover: England need at least 420 odd. Two of Prior, Bresnan, Broad and Swann need to get fifties or we're in trouble.

  35. 1820: 
    Eng 279-6 (Prior 2*, Bresnan 5*)
    Phil Hughes and Steve Smith

    That stand between Bell and Bairstow was worth 144 but after both have been removed by Steven Smith (it feels odd to be typing that), England are under pressure once more. The hosts, remember, won the toss and opted to bat first on this glorious day at Lord's. They slumped to 28-3 and are now 279-6. What's a par score on this pitch? 400? Still no new ball.

  36.   
    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "These are the kind of days where you earn your stripes as a Test side, you've got to earn your wickets and it gives you a lot of experience."

  37. 1815: 
    Eng 279-6 (81 overs, new ball available)
    Jonny Bairstow

    The recalled Tim Bresnan is the new man and will now surely have to negotiate the threat of Australia's seamers pounding in with the new ball. Smith, amazingly, has 2-12 from three overs. Jonny Bairstow could not believe what he had done there, rubbing his eyes as he walked from the crease.

  38.   
    Former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "That under-rated delivery the full toss claims another victim. Not the best way to get out but a good solid 67. Had that reprieve but Australia just clawing their way back here, they'll be pretty pumped with those last two wickets."

  39. 1811: 
    WICKET- Bairstow c&b Smith 67 (Eng 274-6)

    It's horrible, simply horrible for Jonny Bairstow. Australia opt against the new ball, instead sticking with the destroyer Steve Smith. An awful full toss, but Bairstow can only pat it back to the bowler, with Smith taking a tumbling catch. Australia are delighted, Clarke vindicated once again, Smith's smile as wide as the Bass Strait. As all club cricketers know, bad balls get wickets. Australia on top?

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6), 28-3 (Pietersen 2), 127-4 (Trott 58), 271-5 (Bell 109), 274-6 (Bairstow 69)

    Scorecard

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    Isaac in Cambridge, via text on 81111: Longtime Bell critic here happily eating humble pie. The boy has grown into a champion.

    Joe in London: Eight years ago we saw Bell crumble against the Aussies after dominating against Bangladesh. Could we see the same transformation in Joe Root?

    Ian in Hants: Re Rachel (17:40). Sorry but I'm with Harry, if all sports fans sat back and said "I don't know as much as the coaches so I won't comment", it would be much less fun. Secondly, I don't think having an opinion on who should be selected is mutually exclusive from supporting the England team.

  41. 1811: 
    Aus 274-5 (Bairstow 67*, Prior 2*)

    Brilliant. Australia coach Darren Lehmann is listening to commentary via an earpiece. When asked if he would take the new ball, he nods his head. Peter Siddle, charging in, just finds a little reverse swing to Matt Prior, ducking the ball in to the right-hander. Australia have a shortish point posted for Prior, just where he was caught at Trent Bridge. Another Siddle maiden.

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    Alex Dover: Can't decide what I want, Prior fireworks for 15 overs before stumps, or him protecting his wicket for a long one tomorrow.

    Ned Bartholomew: Clarke's bowling changes have been inspired, admit I didn't see a wicket coming after the previous ball! Well played Bell.

    Nick Bruzon: After a day sweltering in the office, only South West Trains stand between me and some cricket. The third Test at this rate.

  43. 1806: 
    Eng 274-5 (79 overs)

    Steven Smith is cock of the walk, strutting around like Mike Jagger. A smile, a little nod of the head, even having the cheek to ask for a silly point. Clarke, the Blackadder to Smith's Baldrick, declines. What is undeniable is the revolutions that Smith puts on the ball, drifting in then spinning down the slope. One over until the new rock. Is Smith done for now?

  44.  
    HOW'S STAT?!

    In the previous 18 Tests when Ian Bell has scored a century, England have never lost. The most Test centuries without being on the losing team before this match: Graeme Smith (26), Geoff Boycott, Wally Hammond (both 22) and Gordon Greenidge (19).

  45. 1802: 
    Eng 271-5 (Bairstow 66*, Prior 0*)

    Is the day just back in the balance? One more wicket and the Aussies will be very pleased. Matt Prior is the man, emerging to the impending threat of the new ball, England's wicketkeeper currently in something of a trough with the bat. Australia are all smiles, perhaps incredulous that Steven Smith has snaffled a fifth Test wicket.

  46.   
    Former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special
    Steve Smith

    "Great follow up ball from Steve Smith, it seemed to turn a little bit more, found the edge and carried nicely to slip. Very good innings from Ian Bell, he didn't look troubled, so that's just what Australia needed before the new ball. Five wickets back in the shed, the next five are very important."

  47. 1757: 
    WICKET- Bell c Clarke b Smith 109 (Eng 271-5)

    Unbelievable. You come in at 28-3, dig England out of trouble, see off all Australia can throw at you then fall to Steven Smith. Smith, his leg-breaks barely seen nowadays, serves up a horrible full toss that Bell heaves for four but then gets a lovely leggie to turn down the slope. Bell prods forward, offering a regulation edge to vindicated captain Michael Clarke at slip. Bell will be stunned at the manner of his dismissal, but salutes every corner of the ground before returning through the din of the Long Room.

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6), 28-3 (Pietersen 2), 127-4 (Trott 58), 271-5 (Bell 109)

    Scorecard

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  48.   
    Former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "If you look at Bell's innings compared to his innings at Trent Bridge, the wicket up there was really slow and a lot of runs were scored behind square. Here it's coming on a lot more and he has adjusted to the conditions very well in a chanceless innings, although the Australians haven't bowled particularly well to him. I would like to see them bowl a little bit more aggressively, try something different."

  49. 1753: 
    Eng 267-4 (76 overs)

    "What shall we do next?" says skipper Michael Clarke to vice-skip Brad Haddin. The cunning plan is to throw the ball to Peter Siddle, who probably fancies a dig with the new ball in this spell. There's four overs after this until the new cherry is available. Siddle is testing out the middle of the deck, the ball bouncing tennis-ball style over Bairstow's head. A maiden.

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    Ian Bell

    Ian Bell becomes only the fourth Englishman to score centuries in three consecutive Ashes Tests. Jack Hobbs did it twice, in 1911-12 and 1924-25, Wally Hammond in 1928-29 and Chris Broad in 1986-87.

    Don Bradman scored centuries in six consecutive Ashes Tests between 1937 and 1938 and four between 1929 and 1930. Bradman's sequence of six ended when he did not bat in The Oval Test in 1938. He scored centuries in the first two Tests of 1946-47. So he scored centuries in eight consecutive Ashes Tests in which he batted. Charlie Macartney, David Boon and Greg Blewett also scored centuries in three consecutive Tests for Australia.

  51.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's hard to tell which of these two successive hundreds has been the most important, because England were in the mire this morning. Fabulous innings not just in terms of style but in the context of the innings."

  52. 1747: 
    100 FOR IAN BELL- Eng 267-4

    Wonderful, simply wonderful from Ian Bell. Again he scores crucial runs for England, following up his ton at Trent Bridge with a hundred that has rescued his side from 28-3. A push to point off Shane Watson is the big moment, the Warwickshire man lifting both hands, removing his helmet and kissing the Three Lions badge. Spectators and the England balcony rise as one in the sunshine to salute England's number five.

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    Jeremy Mitchell: Before everyone starts banging on about Bell & Bairstow getting 'daddy' hundreds, how about they focus on the ton first.

    Paul Maciocia: Wife in labour - fortunately has had a spot of morphine and drifted off to sleep so I can watch guilt-free Ashes for a bit!

    Alex Weller: Jonny deserves every accolade Bairstowed upon him here.

  54. 1744: 
    Eng 259-4 (Bell 97*, Bairstow 66*)

    Bell moves closer, albeit in slightly fortunate fashion as an inside edge off Pattinson runs into the leg side for a single. As Jonny Bairstow drives down the ground for four, Aussie coach Darren Lehmann slumps against the window, arms above his head, face pressed against glass, mouth open. It's as if someone has locked Edvard Munch's The Scream inside the dressing room.

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    Mykonos: England are grinding the Aussies. This is perfect for Jimmy as it gives him another day to rest.

    Mathew Nixon: I imagined humble pie to be bitter, as in a bitter pill to swallow. Shouldn't be enjoyable therefore neither sweet nor savoury.

    Matti Wilson: Humble pie isn't sweet. You're thinking of humble crumble...

  56. 1740: 
    Eng 253-4 (Bell 96*, Bairstow 62*)

    Clarke keeps the catchers on the leg side for both batsmen as Watson continues after drinks. With the lumbering Watson generating no great pace, Bairstow is standing out of his crease. Potential cause for Brad Haddin to come up the stumps. The new ball can't come quickly enough for the Aussies, Bell only four away from a second ton in the series and a third successive Ashes hundred.

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6), 28-3 (Pietersen 2), 127-4 (Trott 58)

    Scorecard

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    Andy in Derby, via text on 81111: Humble pie (17:12) is definitely savoury as it was originally made from the umbles, or innards, of a deer. Lovely.

    Andrew in Lincs: Reckon humble pie would be savoury as the 'umbles' are the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.

    Rachel in North London: Re Harry Cunningham (17:12): Arrogant put down, a player does not get selected to play international cricket if they are 'rubbish', no matter what the 'arm chair mafia' may think! I thought Lindsay's comment valid.

  59. 1733: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 250-4

    The shadows are lengthening at Lord's, the darkness from the stand and floodlights creeping across the ground like a scene from Independence Day. Michael Clarke is at it again, a fascinating field set for Jonny Bairstow. Slip, gully, short cover, two men catching on the leg side and two men on the hook. Bairstow, either through mental strength or ignorance, pushes back a maiden and heads for a drink.

  60.   
    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "The new ball is due in 10 overs and if they can get three more wickets in the last 20 overs it will have been a good day for Australia. It's been hard for Agar, 19 years old and this pitch is a road, it's been hard for him to restrict the England batsmen. Bell has timed the ball beautifully from the moment he arrived at the crease."

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    Dave Walker: Humble Pie so called because it is made out of poor quality bits of meat, hence a savoury dish.

    Glyn Bury: I always imagined humble pie to be a sweet dish. Wouldn't sit right with gravy.

    Rachel T: Everyone knows that humble pie is made with rhubarb.

  62. 1728: 
    Eng 250-4 (Bell 93*, Bairstow 62*)

    Remember how the ball hooped around at Trent Bridge? Conventional swing early on followed by almost constant reverse swing. Since the morning session, this ball has barely moved off the straight, Australia finding no movement once the shine of the new ball wore off. Will England, the masters of reverse, find help from the older ball? The solace for the Aussies is that the new ball is due after 80 overs.

  63.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "I've just spotted Professor Robert Winston, the celebrated scientist, looking resplendent in a beige suit with pink tie and matching buttonhole flower, not to mention a moustache worthy of David Boon."

  64. 1725: 
    Eng 250-4 (70 overs)

    Back comes James Pattinson, striving for the wicket Australia crave in the brilliant sunshine of a lovely Lord's evening. This wicket, though, is looking more and more like a bowler's graveyard. Leggy from Pattinson, allowing this England pair to continue the accumulation.

  65.   
    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "The body language from Australia suggests they know they have bowled too many bad balls. From 28-3 they have gifted England at least 60 runs. It's not a threatening pitch in terms of pace, there was a bit of seam movement this morning but it wasn't drastic."

  66. 1719: 
    Eng 237-4 (Bell 92*, Bairstow 56*)

    Lord's is the ground where the songs of the Barmy Army are least likely (or never likely) to be heard. There is, however, a group of Australia fans inside the home of cricket and the odd antipodean chorus can be heard. (Not Land Down Under, unfortunately.) Bell, fresh from his running let-off, plays another trademark cut shot off Agar to move into the 90s. After his heroics at Trent Bridge, Bell has taken England from 28-3. Who said he doesn't score runs when the pressure is on?

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  68. 1717: 
    CLOSE- Eng 236-4
    Jonny Bairstow and Ian Bell

    My word Ian Bell, do not dawdle with your running. Bairstow calls him through for the single, setting off to what he believes is the dangerous non-striker's end. The ball, though, goes through towards the wicketkeeper and past the sluggish Bell. It's just wide, but a direct hit would have had Bell on the way back. Very, very close.

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    Phil Moore in Greenwich, TMS inbox: I went to a creative writing class with Ian Bell. I've been making up stories ever since.

  70. 1712: 
    Eng 234-4 (Bell 86*, Bairstow 53*)

    Jonathan (below), it's interesting that you see humble pie as a savoury dish (meat and potato, steak and kidney etc). I always imagined that humble pie to be more of a dessert, potentially served with custard. Agar, shadow creeping behind him as he skips to the wicket, does for Ian Bell in the air, Bell lucky as the ball passes the off stump. In comes silly point, a maiden.

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    Jonathan Brook: When Bell & Bairstow walk off at stumps tonight, I hope the humble pie eaters don't even get offered gravy with it, or chips.

    Harry Cunningham: Re Lindsay in Scunthorpe (16:54): Silly opinion. One does not have to be an author to recognise rubbish literature.

    Alasdair Bassett: Bell needs to think 'daddy hundred' here. Bairstow too - got to make the most of those kind of reprieves

  72. 1707: 
    CLOSE!- Eng 234-4 (Bell 86*, Bairstow 53*)
    Michael Clarke and Shane Watson

    An odd shot from Jonny Bairstow almost sees him on the way back. Walking towards Peter Siddle, he's surprised by the short ball, eventually hooking with both feet off the ground. The result is a top edge, but one that doesn't carry to the man at long leg.

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    Simon Farrar in Reading, TMS inbox: How about Peter Siddle bowls in oversized clown shoes to avoid future no balls?

    Paul Griffin, TMS inbox: If Bell gets a hundred that will be centuries in three successive Ashes Test matches. Who else besides Bradman has achieved this?

  74. 1704: 
    Eng 232-4 (65 overs)

    Agar returns to bowl over the wicket, but somehow manages to bowl a no ball. How on earth does a left-arm spinner who needs to be wound up at the beginning of his run up overstep? We can play until 1845 this evening, there are still 25 overs to be bowled.

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    Simon Cole in Wiltshire, TMS inbox: I went to guitar lessons with Ian Bell. At first he couldn't play Queen's 'Under Pressure'. But with a little faith in him, he learned to play 'Under Pressure' perfectly - despite the clear evidence, bizarrely some people still claimed he couldn't.

  76. 1701: 
    Aus 229-4 (Bell 84*, Bairstow 51*)

    Lively from Peter Siddle, testing Jonny Bairstow with a head-hunting bumper, the Yorkshireman doing well to drop to one knee to make sure his nose stays in the correct place. Australia haven't managed to build much pressure so far in this evening session, but Siddle joins the dots for a maiden.

  77.   
    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Don't particularly like this from Agar going over the wicket. There's not a lot of rough there so what are you trying to do, hope he hits one up in the air?"

  78. 1657: 
    50 FOR JONNY BAIRSTOW- Eng 229-4

    Jonny Bairstow likes batting at Lord's. Of his four Test half-centuries, three have come on this ground, following his breakthrough knocks against South Africa last year. He's had a reprieve today, bowled off a Peter Siddle no-ball, but has taken advantage and moves to 50 with a single off Ashton Agar. He may still have a tendency to play across the line, but is doing the business right now.

  79.  
    TEST MATCH SPECIAL
    Michael McIntyre

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose: "There have been plenty of famous faces from both cricket and the entertainment world in the press area today. Here, comedian Michael McIntyre tries his luck at a bit of batting in the Test Match Special studio ahead of his chat with Jonathan Agnew during tea."

  80. 1654: 
    Eng 226-4 (Bell 83*, Bairstow 49*)

    Michael Clarke, letting out a heavy sigh under his white sunhat at slip, shuffles his bowlers in the desperate search for a wicket. Back comes Peter Siddle, arms pumping as he steams in, angling in to Bairstow's hip for the Yorkshireman to move to 49. This stand is now worth 99.

  81.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Lindsay in Scunthorpe, via text on 81111: All these text warriors, who have the best cricket techniques ever, even though most probably never played cricket to a standard in their lives, this is what is wrong about our country as a whole! Get off Root and Bairstow's backs and support our boys.

    Jeff in London: Re Sam Sheringham's hatwatch (15:37): This has the scope to be developed into a new game show "Who Wants to be a Milliner?"

    John in Stoke: Thank God the flood in our house didn't reach the TV. Bell in full flow is a sight to behold.

  82. 1648: 
    Eng 225-4 (61 overs)

    James Pattinson is yanked from the attack, giving way to the left-arm twirling of Ashton Agar. Agar, windmill-like from around the wicket, feeds Ian Bell's strength, dropping short on off stump. Bell, bat like a sabre, cuts behind square for four. 19 overs until the new ball, 29 left in the day.

  83.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's
    James Pattinson

    "James Pattinson has struggled on his Test debut at Lord's, going for 67 runs from his 14 overs so far. Captain Clarke has tried him from both Pavilion and Nursery Ends, and used him in concentrated bursts - he's into his sixth spell already - but he is straying down the slope, and donating runs to Ian Bell by offering far too much width."

  84. 1646: 
    Eng 221-4 (Bell 79*, Bairstow 48*)

    Apologies for erroneously suggesting than Ian Bell was sitting on 798. The * key is 8 and shift, you see. Headwear has been a topic of conversation because it is very, very hot at Lord's. One man has a knotted hankerchief on his head. I honestly believe that every male in the country loses his sense of style as soon as the sun appears.

  85.   
    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Pattinson hasn't worked out the slope; he hasn't got the length or the direction right. You'd have thought that's what they should have been working on over the last few days."

  86. 1639: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 219-4 (Bell 79*, Bairstow 46*)

    Buzzers! Brad Haddin, the Aussie wicketkeeper, throws the ball to no one in particular, allowing England to turn a single into three. James Pattinson, usually grumpy, has head in hands. A Bell cover drive won't improve the bowler's mood, but the pacer returns with an in-ducking yorker. Bell's feet are shuffling, an appeal, but going down the leg side. Bell, flying, takes two more fours through the off side. (Note: buzzers = overthrows)

  87.   
    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "England are not getting stuck and are keeping scoreboard ticking over but they are not out of the woods; the tail might be knocked over very quickly. Always add two wickets to the score - it should help you not to play daft shots."

  88. 1635: 
    Eng 203-4 (Bell 67*, Bairstow 43*)
    Jonny Bairstow

    One final point on the Bairstow reprieve. How far did England's next man in get to the wicket before he found out he was not required? It's a long walk from the Lord's dressing room - David Steele once got lost and ended up in the toilet. Did Matt Prior leave the dressing room? Make it down the stairs? Get to the Long Room only to be turned back by the egg and bacon brigade? Harris tests the middle of the wicket, Bairstow weaving and swatting.

  89.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "At the risk of the fearful mockers, Ian Bell has been serene in the middle so far today, the antitheses of the nervous, intimidated figure who made his Ashes debut here eight summers ago. Just as he did at Trent Bridge, he is playing in unhurried fashion - a strike rate of around 46 - but sprinkling the innings with those classic, dreamily-timed Bell classics - glides down to third man, pops away off the back foot, drives square of the wicket."

  90. 1630: 
    Eng 198-4 (Bell 67*, Bairstow 38*)

    Michael Clarke, the chess grandmaster, fancies Bell for a catch on the leg side. The very straight silly mid on is back, along with a short mid-wicket. I'm not sure about this plan - Watson tends to bowl wide of off stump and the slope is taking the ball that way. In case you are not familiar with the Lord's slope, the north-west side of the ground is 6ft 8in higher than the south-east side.

  91.   
    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special
    Jonny Bairstow

    "Jonny doesn't use enough left elbow; he uses too much right hand, so he's hitting with a lot of right-side, chest on. Technically he could be a little bit better, that's why those pitched up deliveries he plays a little bit with the right shoulder coming in too early, so he's more across the line. But I'm a great believer in having players with different ways to play."

  92. 1626: 
    Eng 194-4 (56 overs)

    A dangerous sight for Englishmen in the crowd, Aussie legends Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist sitting next to each other. If available, would they still get into this Aussie side? Back on the field, Harris is going full and straight to try for another Bairstow waft across the line, but he shows the maker's name for a glorious straight-driven boundary.

  93.  
    THE CORNISH BOTHAM

    While England's batsmen grind it out against the Aussies, a Cornish bricklayer is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame after scoring an astonishing 311 for his local side - in just 40 overs.

    Luckett batsman Andrew Brenton set a new record for the highest individual score in Cornish cricket history, hitting 53 fours and 11 sixes last weekend.

    "It's all been a bit mad," the understated Brenton told BBC South West Sport in his first interview. "I've been getting texts from everyone and my son said he'd seen a story about it on a website in New Zealand."

  94. 1622: 
    Eng 189-4 (Bell 63*, Bairstow 33*)

    Shane Watson to share the bowling after tea. Has there ever been a more fragile bowling pairing that Harris and Watson? Watson, as mobile as a wardrobe, is lumbering in to move the ball down the slope away from the right-handers. Bairstow flays at a wide one, his thick edge taking the ball over the slips and down to third man for four.

  95.  
    AUSTRALIAN VIEW

    Former Australia captain Steve Waugh on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'd rather be in Australian shoes right now, but England will want to get 400-450. If they get a big first-innings total, the pressure will be on Australia. The wicket will break up and crumble and will suit Graeme Swann. He will England's trump card in the second innings."

  96. 1617: 
    Eng 185-4 (Bell 63*, Bairstow 29*)

    Two slips and a gully for Bell, with Harris continuing the theme of the day (or at least the attempted theme) and hanging the ball outside off stump. Only when he gets straight do Bell and Bairstow take singles on the leg side.

  97.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbccricket

    Dickie Lewis: Why doesn't Bairstow JUST PLAY STRAIGHT?! He is a walking wicket.

    Bhavin Manish Shah: Lee overstepped the mark and bowled Trescothick in 2005 - a Test England won. A repeat of this would be good.

    Stephen Clarkson: I put a tenner on Bell to get his century so there's no way it'll happen, surprised he's got this far really.

  98. 1614: 

    As ever, the tea break is quicker than a hiccup. Players back out, Ryan Harris, 3-28 on his return to the Australia team, has the ball.

  99. 1612: 

    On the subject of the Peter Siddle no ball that spared Jonny Bairstow, could bowlers be permitted to put extensions on the back of their boots so that they have more chance of landing behind the line? Cricketing innovation...

  100.  
    HOW'S STAT?!

    Before the Sydney Test in the last Ashes series, Ian Bell failed to convert his first 11 scores over 50 in Ashes Tests into hundreds - but has now converted his last two. Eleven fifties before scoring a first Ashes 100 is a record for either team.

    Only Mike Atherton has had a longer run of fifties without centuries at any stage of a career in Ashes Tests. He converted his first Ashes fifty into a century and then made 15 more fifties without another hundred.

  101. 1606: 
    Ian Bell

    But Bell, a centurion in England's first Test win at Trent Bridge, has carried on in dreamy fashion and takes tea with an unbeaten 62 to his name. Bairstow, the luckiest man inside Lord's, has 28.

  102. 1604: 

    The effortless rebuilding work was done by Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell, the Warwickshire pair sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 99. Trott in superb touch, it came as a surprise when he helped a Ryan Harris short ball top deep square leg on 58.

  103. 1603: 

    After that, England found themselves in disarray. In perfect batting conditions, the hosts were reduced to 28-3 - Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen all removed in the space of 11 deliveries.

  104.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "As three men with brooms stride towards the wicket to do some sweeping up during the tea interval, Jonny Bairstow and Ian Bell head off to the pavilion after a session in which England scored 103 runs and lost one wicket in 27 overs. Jonny Bairstow will slurp his brew in full knowledge that he is very lucky to still be out there, while Peter Siddle will no doubt be furious with himself for allowing his front foot to slip a couple of centimetres too far. Can Bairstow make him pay in this final session?"

  105. 1602: 

    To remind you of how we have come to this position, we must go back to the start of play. In fact, even earlier than that, as royal visit from Her Majesty The Queen delayed the start of proceedings by 15 minutes.

  106. 1600: 
    ENGLAND UP
    Peter Siddle

    Thanks Marc. I just wonder how significant the hair's breadth between the back of Peter Siddle's boot and the turf behind the popping crease may turn out to be? 183-5 would look a lot worse for England than 183-4. Jonny Bairstow is a lucky boy, but his technical fault of playing across the line has been exposed again.

  107. 1557: 
    Eng 183-4 (53 overs)

    That was England's session, according to Test Match Special's Glenn McGrath. What do you reckon? Here to steer you through the final session of the day is Stephan Shemilt...

  108.  

    Alex B: If the tables were turned, you'd fear an Australian making a ton after a reprieve like that. Bairstow must punish them.

    Rob Aldous: Come on Jonny. A reprieve like that should surely result in a century to really rub it in.

    Josh Bramwell: We continue to play Bairstow even when he has such an obvious technical fault. Teams know all they have to do is bowl straight.

  109. 1555: 
    TEA- Eng 183-4 (Bell 62*, Bairstow 28*)

    Jonny Bairstow would do well to study Ian Bell during this partnership. While the young Yorkie often plays across the line - like when he was castled by Siddle - I don't think Bell has played a shot where the sponsor's logo hasn't been in full view. Just a single from the over as the players head for tea.

  110. 1552: 
    Eng 182-4 (Bell 61*, Bairstow 28*)

    Peter Siddle has the look of somebody who cannot remember where he parked his car. He's angry and confused, both at the same time. It never rains but it pours as Ian Bell gives the full face of the bat to a length ball and helps himself to three before Jonny Bairstow stoutly sees off the rest of an over where Vicious was guilty of trying too hard.

  111.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Liam, TMS inbox: I also went to school with Ian Bell. He was an excellent player of the recorder and was a dab hand at origami.

    Mick: I bumped into Ian Bell in Harborne High Street and, while I congratulated him on a recent Ashes victory, I couldn't help notice how small he was. All I could think was "I could take him in a fight". I bet I couldn't.

    Ryan in Coventry: 1992 Schools Tiddly-Winks Finals. IR Bell 24 v 18 RJ Bevan. I said that kid could go far.

  112. 1548: 
    Eng 179-4 (Bell 58*, Bairstow 28*)
    Ashton Agar

    Jonny Bairstow needs to take that second chance and make it count. He looks reinvigorated as he brings out his signature shot - a late cut for four off Ashton Agar before sweeping two down to fine leg. Peter Siddle races to his mark at the end of the over. He's after you Jonny.

  113.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "Jonny Bairstow was halfway to the pavilion when he was informed that the umpires were checking for a no-ball. After several replays of the position of Peter Siddle's front foot were played out on the big screens in the ground, the Yorkshire batsman's reprieve drew the biggest cheer of the day."

  114.   
    Former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a game of millimetres already. There was one or two millimetres in it wither way and it's not gone for Peter Siddle. We saw this morning there were millimetres in the Joe Root decision."

  115. 50 overs: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 173-4 (Bell 58*, Bairstow 22*)

    Come back, Jonny. An unbelievable slice of luck for Jonny Bairstow who, playing across the line, has his stumps splattered by Peter Siddle. As the Yorkshire youngster troops off, the umpires check for a no ball and call back the batsman because the bowler's back foot was a slice of skin over the line. Vicious is furious and responds with a rapid yorker which Baristow digs out.

  116.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's
    Hats

    "If you are going to come to watch cricket on a sunny day at Lord's you'd be foolish not to bring a hat. On a quick lap of the ground I noticed the following assortment of headgear in approximate order of frequency: baseball caps, Richie Richardson hats, straw hats, boaters, panama hats, cowboys hats, porkpie hats, berets, Aussie cork hats and a lone shako being worn by an off-duty Chelsea Pensioner. A veritable feast for the headgear connoisseur, if such a category of person exists."

  117. 1537: 
    Eng 168-4 (Bell 55*, Bairstow 21*)

    Ashton Agar might not be turning it square but he's doing a sterling job for his team - keeping Jonny Bairstow in check with a maiden over.

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6), 28-3 (Pietersen 2), 127-4 (Trott 58)

    Scorecard

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  118.  

    Martin O'Brien: Re 1520: I remember playing against Ian Bell in a school rugby game. He was a great fly half. He was also on Cov City's books as well!

  119. 1535: 
    Eng 168-4 (Bell 55*, Bairstow 21*)

    Peter Siddle will always get a 10 for effort but, despite covering up the ball in his run-up, he's struggling to get any form of swing this afternoon. A single apiece for Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow as England keep on battling.

  120.   
    Former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Lord's is different to any other ground in the world because of the slope. If you get too straight, you can stray onto the pads and at the other end you can bowl too wide. This is a very good batting wicket."

  121.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Mark in Coventry, TMS inbox: My brother was at school with Ian Bell. They used to share out his England & Warwickshire kits to try to scare the opposition.

  122. 1530: 
    Eng 166-4 (Bell 54*, Bairstow 20*)

    Ashton Agar, coming around the wicket to the English right-handers, is bowling dart-like deliveries - perhaps afraid to give Jonny Bairstow and Ian Bell chance to get on top of him. Three more from the over, all courtesy of an Ian Bell tickle down to fine leg.

  123. 1528: 
    Eng 163-4 (Bell 51*, Bairstow 20*)

    I tell you what, the Aussies could cobble together a decent side from the legends they have got scattered off the pitch. Both Merv Hughes and Allan Border are overseeing things from the stands, Adam Gilchrist is sat amongst the members while Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath are part of the press pack covering this match for various outlets around the world. James Pattinson continues to offer plenty of bark but very little bite as Jonny Bairstow and Ian Bell help themselves to a single apiece.

  124.  

    Graeme Jenkins: I'm not sure we should invite Her Majesty again if this is what she does to the England team, no wonder she left early!

  125. 1521: 
    Eng 161-4 (Bell 50*, Bairstow 19*)

    Ian Bell needs to be thinking 'daddy hundred' now he has passed his first landmark. Slow left-armer Ashton Agar rushes through another quick over, just a no ball and a single to Jonny Bairstow coming from it.

  126.   
    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "A great knock by Ian Bell, just what England needed, carrying on his form from Trent Bridge. England will want this partnership to flourish."

  127. 1520: 
    FIFTY FOR IAN BELL- Eng 159-4 (Bell 50*, Bairstow 14*)
    Ian Bell

    Remember that annoying kid at school who was good at everything? I bet Ian Bell is one of those players - somebody who probably rules the pool table, dart board and card school in the England dressing room. He clips the wayward James Pattinson for two behind square before finishing the over with another textbook four which brings up his 36th Test half-century in his 90th match. A superb knock so far.

  128.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Dave Foot: Why would you pay for a ticket to a Lord's Ashes Test and then not watch it?! You can lunch in my garden, I'll watch the game!

    Ian Savage: Reading about all these empty seats at Lords is so frustrating. Would love to be enjoying a cold beer in the stands right now

  129. 1514: 
    Eng 153-4 (43 overs)

    Ashton Agar, who is now probably more popular than One Direction with young Australians after that amazing Roy of the Rovers debut, continues to whirl away and bowls a fairly tidy over - bar the one which drops short and is punched through the off side by the aggressive Jonny Bairstow.

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6), 28-3 (Pietersen 2), 127-4 (Trott 58)

    Scorecard

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  130. 1512: 
    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Check out the BBC Sport Facebook page to see a gallery of the key moments from today at Lord's and go behind the scenes on Instagram.

  131. 1511: 
    Eng 149-4 (Bell 44*, Bairstow 14*)

    James Pattinson is the type of bowler who sends captains bald. The young quick seems to begin every spell with an extra or boundary ball - this time it's a combination of both as Jonny Bairstow helps one off his pads run for four leg-byes. He continues to spray it more than a sprinkler with one outside off stump which Brad Haddin takes at first slip before Bairstow helps himself to a couple between point and cover. A single puts Ian Bell on strike - seven from the over and Michael Clarke continues to see his barnet thin out.

  132. 1505: 
    Eng 142-4 (Bell 44*, Bairstow 11*)

    Left-arm spin of Ashton Agar after drinks, he accounted for Jonny Bairstow at Trent Bridge. Bounding in, Agar is happy to give the ball some air, with a flatter one to finish taken for one by Bairstow.

  133.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "The Queen's visit - and the subsequent 15-minute delay to play - has knocked everyone and everything off kilter here at a sunny, breezy Lord's. The drinks break should have been taken at 1455 BST but when the umpires looked towards the pavilion there was no one there, so they played another over. 'It's all very confusing,' remarks Aggers on TMS."

  134.   
    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia will be delighted at the wicket of Trott - he was looking in good form. He's threatened but hasn't quite kicked on so far this summer."

  135.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Mick in Kennington, TMS inbox: Every time I look up and see Ryan Harris running in, I think I'm watching footballer Frank Lampard. Or is it just me?

    Jeremy Kent: Come on, I have tickets for days 2/3/4/5. What will there be left to see!?

  136. 1459: 
    Eng 141-4 (Bell 44*, Bairstow 10*)

    The muscular Ryan Harris, sporting a sweatband and spiky hair, continues to put the ball on a sixpence as Ian Ball plays the sort of defiant defensive shot which must make a fast bowler wonder why he bothered expending so much energy in the afternoon heat. A maiden over and time for drinks/ice pops.

  137. 1455:  
    A Question of Sport Teaser

    A reminder of today's #QSTeaser from @QoSOfficial: The 2009 Ashes Test at Lord's featured eight players with double letters in their surname (eg. Willis). And the answers: Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Andrew Flintoff, Peter Siddle, Andrew Strauss, Graeme Swann.

  138. 1455: 
    Eng 141-4 (Bell 44*, Bairstow 10*)
    Jonny Bairstow

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is trying to keep his foot on England's throat as he places two slips and a gully to try and suffocate Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow out in the middle. Peter Siddle is back into the attack and Jonny Bairstow cuts a loosener for two before ending the over with a flourish - playing a late cut off the back foot to the boundary. Classy.

  139. 1451: 
    HOW'S STAT?!

    In reaching 43, Ian Bell reached 1,000 runs in Tests at Lord's - the eighth batsman to do so.

  140.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "Clarke's field for Bairstow? Two slips, a gully, point, extra cover, mid-on, mid-off, midwicket and deep backward square leg."

  141. 1451: 
    Eng 135-4 (Bell 44*, Bairstow 4*)

    Just like he did in the second innings at Trent Bridge, Ian Bell is playing the sort of innings that Steve Waugh was famed for. The short, classy number five realises he is now the glue which will hold the England batting together. Jonny Bairstow scores the only run from Ryan Harris's latest over as the Aussies maintain the pressure.

  142.  

    Oli Stevens: Queen causes match to start at 11.15. Reign stops play?

  143.   
    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Watson would be a little worry for me. He's always moving the ball, just on off stump, on and around a good length."

  144. 1447: 
    Eng 134-4 (Bell 44*, Bairstow 3*)

    Much like Wimbledon and Royal Ascot, the Lord's Test match is as much a social event as it is sporting. The consistent din of spectators catching up with old mates and putting the cricketing world to rights is emanating from the stands. In the middle, Shane Watson sends down a maiden over to the watchful Ian Bell. Tense.

  145.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "What plan do Australia have for Bairstow? Harris will test him with some short stuff - he struggled at times against the West Indies' Kemar Roach last summer - and then concentrate on bowling just outside off stump, keeping the ball away from his strength on his legs and hoping to tempt him into an injudicious push or drive."

  146.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Ned Bartholemew: Absolute gift of a wicket, Trott's undone all his hard work, there was a century there for the taking.

    Freddy Green: Why oh why Trotty. You looked so comfortable and set to make a big score!

    Ian Savage: Massive blow to lose Trott . . . I was just reading the words England cruising along when the news hit.

  147. 1442: 
    Eng 134-4 (Bell 44*, Bairstow 3*)

    One man who is not grazing on a Lord's picnic is former Australia fast bowler Merv Hughes. The big man is sat in the stands and enjoying watching the English batsmen wilt. Ryan Harris, who is nicknamed Rhino by his team-mates, continues to bustle in as Jonny Bairstow helps himself to an easy two through square leg.

  148.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "We've been playing for more than 45 minutes since lunch but there are still large chunks of empty seats in the Grand and Mound stands. The allure of extending a champagne-fuelled picnic in the sun is clearly proving overwhelming for some."

  149. 1439: 
    Eng 132-4 (Bell 44*, Bairstow 1*, 35 overs)

    It's a big innings for Jonny Bairstow who gets off the mark by working Shane Watson into the leg side for an easy single. Suddenly the Aussies smell blood and place a silly mid-on to Ian Bell - he's almost stood in front of the England batsman, who responds by easing another glorious four off the back foot. Lovely.

  150.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "The runs had been flowing for England since lunch - 47 in the first seven-and-a-half overs - and there is genuine shock in the stands that Trott should get out to such an un-Trott shot. Significant pressure now on Jonny Bairstow, who is short of both batting and a little confidence."

  151.   
    Malcolm Ashton, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Prior to this game Trott had scored 869 runs at Lord's an at average of nearly 70."

  152.   
    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a big mistake. It was a short lollipop ball that he could have hit anywhere. He just helped it to deep square leg, but hadn't worked out where the fielder was. He's given it away."

  153. 1431: 
    WICKET- Trott c Khawaja b Harris 58 (Eng 127-4)
    Jonathan Trott

    Has over-confidence done for Jonathan Trott? The man of the moment, Ryan Harris, picks up his 50th Test match wicket when the England batsman chips an easy catch straight down the throat of Usman Khawaja at deep square leg. What have you got Jonny Bairstow?

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6), 28-3 (Pietersen 2), 127-4 (Trott 58)

    Scorecard

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  154. 1429: 
    Eng 123-3 (Trott 54*, Bell 40*)
    Shane Watson

    Jonathan Trott doesn't strike me as the sort to bother with anything flashy, so I reckon the zinc which is applied to his lips is more to do with the blazing afternoon sun than a fashion statement. Shane Watson is into the attack and is worked for an easy single by Trott before Ian Bell cashes in on a wide delivery with four leg byes before carving a short and wide one through gully for another boundary.

  155.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Joshua Windett: Jonathan Trott, first name on the team sheet! Is there a more consistent performer in world cricket?

    Rafa Catetez: I could get 100 on that wicket and I am a cat.

    Gerge Bustin: I could watch Jonathan Trott all day. Something in the way he leg-glances.

  156. 1424: 
    Eng 114-3 (Trott 53*, Bell 36*)

    Heading into this match, I heard the Lord's groundsman compare 10 days of unrelenting heat to a week of heavy rain when trying to prepare a Test match wicket. He looks to have produced an absolute belter though as Ian Bell times another four down to long leg. England cruising along.

  157. 1420: 
    Eng 110-3 (Trott 53*, Bell 32*)

    Peter Siddle is struggling to find a rhythm today as Ian Bell straight drives him for four - the type of shot which gets the pitch-side photographers giddy. He then takes a quick single to keep the Aussie fielders on their toes in the energy-sapping heat. Good stuff from England post-lunch.

  158.  

    Jonathan Manners, TMS inbox: Good afternoon from Out Patients at St Thomas' hospital, where I'm having my blood pressure checked by a sympathetic doctor:

    Do you drink? Moderately

    Do you smoke? No

    Are you a cricket man? Yes.

    That explains it then.

  159. 1417: 
    FIFTY FOR JONATHAN TROTT- Eng 105-3 (Trott 53*, Bell 27*)

    Jonathan Trott looks like he is facing a tennis ball being sent down by his little brother today - in total command against the nippy James Pattinson who begins his over with two wides, then nips one back sharply into JT's pads before offering up a boundary ball which the number three dispatches for four to reach his landmark. Trott acknowledges the warm applause of the Lord's crowd in the manner of a man who believes he is only just beginning. His 50 brought up in 77 balls.

  160.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbccricket

    Tom Lambert: Nick Compton doesn't owe anything to the County organisers with no 4-day matches before 3rd test. Only 5 t20s which won't help.

    Mike Morris: England made the Compton change and reversing will be worse than sticking. It would be the blink the Aussies are looking for.

    Mark Stevens: Test match vs. the Open vs. 10th wedding anniversary. Decisions, decisions...

  161. 1408: 
    Eng 99-3 (Trott 49*, Bell 27*, 29 overs)

    There's a real fluency to Jonathan Trott's play today as he plunders another four from Peter Siddle before pushing two down the ground. The Warwickshire number three then moves to within a single of his half century by reading a yorker and easing it into the leg side. He's seeing it big today.

  162.   
    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "This pitch is a road. This is what you dream of as a batsman - it's a beauty!"

  163. 1403: 
    Eng 92-3 (Trott 42*, Bell 27*)
    Ian Bell

    That Trent Bridge ton looks to have done wonders to Ian Bell's confidence - the Warwickshire man dispatching James Pattinson to the cover boundary with the authority of Steve Waugh in his pomp. The bowler recovers with five dot balls as Belly defiantly begins to think about an afternoon of making hay. And runs.

  164.  
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    Keith in Brighouse, via text on 81111: The Root bashing is shameful. He got a Jaffa and an unlucky leg-side caught behind at Trent Bridge and yet we are happy to write him off one knock later and after just his third knock as opener? Ridiculous.

    Chaz in Reading: At the risk of becoming a hated man, I'd actually drop Bairstow for Bopara if he fails again this Test.

    Charlie in London: Re your photo @1326, I'm impressed that Steve Waugh can give serious answers to an interviewer who appears to be wearing a comedy red nose...

  165. 1358: 
    Eng 88-3 (Trott 42*, Bell 23*)

    Peter Siddle, with his collar up and a hint of war paint on his lips, is chucked the post-lunch cherry and immediately gets good shape to Jonathan Trott. However, JT is one of those rare breed of batsmen who walks to the middle after a break and can instantly middle the ball - clipping one off his legs to the boundary. When Siddle over-compensates, the England batsman creams four more through the covers. A good start to the afternoon session for the Three Lions.

  166.  
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    Sean Curtin, TMS inbox: It wasn't so long ago that Ian Bell was being slated like Joe Root is. Now we're relying on him to save us. You have to be patient with young batsmen.

  167. 1354: 

    Who else is struggling to come to terms with the new timings of the day's play? I reckon some cricket fans are like babies (stick with me) - break the routine and it wreaks havoc with your day. It's totally thrown me off course. Anyway, the good news is that the players are heading back out to the middle. Let's play.

  168.  
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    Dan in Lambeth, TMS inbox: I wonder whether for the first innings of a Test match, if we're batting, the English should reverse the batting order - that way the bowlers get more time to recover from their sprinting leg-byes between the wickets and by the time the proper batsmen get to the crease, the opposition bowlers have used up a lot of their energy getting through the dross. Unconventional I know, but with our big-name players seemingly needing a crisis in order to perform, it might just work...

  169. 1348: 

    ICC chief executive Dave Richardson, speaking on Test Match Special: "When we get to the third Test we've got a trial to allow the third umpire to have a bank of televisions and get access [to a decision] much quicker than getting a [television] director to send pictures to him, with a view to having a situation where the third umpire can overturn a decision he thinks is wrong."

  170. 1345: 

    ICC chief executive Dave Richardson, speaking on Test Match Special about the first Test at Trent Bridge: "It was an unusual Test with so many decisions to be made, 75% more than normal. You think seven errors is a huge amount but, relative to the total amount of decisions made, it wasn't so bad."

  171. 1342: 
    Eng 80-3 (Trott 34*, Bell 23*, 26 overs)
    Lord's

    If you're just joining us, we're still in the middle of the lunch session because the start of the match was delayed by 15 minutes to accommodate a visit to Lord's by the Queen.

  172. 1339: 
    ENGLAND UNDER-19S

    Fifteen-year-old Yorkshire pace bowler Matthew Fisher, who recently became the youngest player to feature in a competitive county match for 91 years when he played in a YB40 fixture against Gloucestershire, has been called by England Under-19s for next month's tri-series against Bangladesh Under 19s and Pakistan Under 19s.

    Northamptonshire's Ben Duckett will skipper a 14-man squad which includes five Yorkshire players.

    Squad: Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire), Thomas Alsop (Hampshire), Tom Barber (Hampshire), Karl Carver (Yorkshire), Harry Finch (Sussex), Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire), Miles Hammond (Gloucestershire), Ryan Higgins (Middlesex), Lewis McManus (Hampshire), Will Rhodes (Yorkshire), Josh Shaw (Yorkshire), Dominic Sibley (Surrey), Jonny Tattersall (Yorkshire), Jack Winslade (Surrey).

  173.  
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    Chris Parker: I have every confidence that Root will become a very good player, but he's out of form and we can't afford to carry anyone.

    Beau Lawson-Syer: Everything hinges on Bairstow. If he bats poorly he will be dropped and replaced by Compton, with Root moving down to 5/6.

    Kean Martin: Joe Root. Error. Dropping Finn. Error. Betting on England. Error.

  174. 1335:  
    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Today's #QSTeaser from our colleagues at @QoSOfficial: The 2009 Ashes Test at Lord's featured eight players with double letters in their surname (eg. Willis). Can you name them? Answers later...

  175.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's
    Lord's

    "Two Australians from North Queensland, both called Adrian, have dressed for the occasion. 'You must be happy with things?' I ask them. 'Not really, I'd have liked two more wickets before drinks,' replies one of the Aussie Adrians before taking a swig of his pint and walking off."

  176. 1333: 

    Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, speaking on TMS: "I'm 99.9% sure that cricket at the highest level is fine - it's the leagues away from prying eyes which we need to worry about."

  177. 1331: 

    Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, speaking on TMS: "The biggest issue in cricket is corruption - not people walking. If that is not addressed we will have a problem with the brand of cricket, not the spirit of cricket."

  178. 1328: 

    Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, speaking on TMS: "I'd love to see a World Test Championship too because the players want to find out who is the best team in the world. I'd have a six-day Test match for the final so that there is a reserve day. You would also want a pitch which gives you a chance of a result."

  179. 1327: 

    Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, speaking on TMS: "Somewhere like Abu Dhabi or Sharjah would be a great place for a day-night Test match. It would be an exciting event."

  180. 1326: 
    Steve Waugh

    Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, speaking on TMS: "I like the idea of day-night Test match cricket, it will revitalise the game in places where they struggle for crowds, and would almost become a social event. I would also consider letting people into Test cricket for free because once they have experienced a match they will come back."

  181.  
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    Arnold in London, via text on 81111: Someone should tell the Pietersen haters he's scored a least one 50 in 5 of his last 6 Tests!

    Dale in Leicester: With all this talk of bringing batsmen in, James Taylor deserves a run in the side.

    Vanessa in Bletchley: Compton out for duck last night when Northants beat Somerset to guffaws from crowd as duck quacking played across ground.

  182. 1323: 

    Former Australia captain Steve Waugh, speaking on TMS: "It was a good session and it's great to see Ryan Harris back in the team. He's one of those players that everyone in the team wants to see playing alongside them because he's Test quality and puts the ball in the right places."

  183. 1322: 
    TEST MATCH SPECIAL

    There's some decent chat coming your way on Test Match Special during the lunch break with Jonathan Agnew being joined by former Australia captain Steve Waugh and ICC chief executive Dave Richardson.

  184.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "Good recovery from the Warwickshire pair of Trott and Bell - the partnership of 52 has taken 20 overs, but no-one in the packed stands is bemoaning the pace after that early clatter of wickets. Despite the recovery, however, this has been Australia's morning session: to lose the toss in these conditions and still have three men back in the hutch represents an excellent return for innovative skipper Michael Clarke."

  185. 1321: 

    Thanks Stephan. What did we make of all that then? With Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen back in the shed, I reckon it's the Aussies who will be the happier bunch of chaps in the lunchtime sandwich queue. However, slowly but surely, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell are putting England back on an even keel.

  186. 1320: 

    Not only has Geoffrey commented on the pitch, but also stated his displeasure that the royal visit delayed play for 15 minutes. Send him to the tower. Talking you through the Beefeaters coming for Boycott will be Marc Higginson.

  187.   
    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's definitely something in the pitch; it's a good pitch that looks to have quite nice carry and Australia have got three wickets so they won the session on points. I don't think its going to change - it won't move quite as much but it will still move after lunch and every cricketer knows once you have a break it usually works in the bowler's favour. They're not out of the words yet, England - they could quite easily be out for under 350 unless someone bats really well."

  188. 1316: 
    LUNCH- Eng 80-3 (Trott 34*, Bell 23*, 26 overs)

    The last over before lunch brings spin for the first time in the shape of 19-year-old wonderboy Ashton Agar. The left-armer is around the wicket to these right-handers, getting some arching loop outside off stump. When he goes straight, losing his line down the slope, Trott works through the leg side to bring up the 50 partnership. With that, the players head for one of the famous Lord's meals. The end of an intriguing morning.

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6), 28-3 (Pietersen 2)

    Scorecard

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  189.  
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  190. 1311: 
    Eng 74-3 (Trott 31*, Bell 21*)

    Peter Siddle continues to hustle in but he is being met by the defiant willow of Ian Bell - the Warwickshire batsman keeping things ticking over with a glorious shot which brings three through the covers. Textbook.

  191.  
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    Jonathan Brook: I'll wager any money that those screaming for the head of Joe Root are the same characters who said Cook wasn't good enough.

    Crewdy: If England can get to 150 avoiding further loss then I think we'll see a decent total and all will be forgiven.

    Chris Brown: Re Sam Sheringham photo @1242, I hadn't realised so many Germans followed Test cricket.

  192. 1307: 
    CLOSE!- Eng 71-3 (Trott 31*, Bell 18*)

    We've been talking about Australia's use of bouncers this morning and another from Ryan Harris almost sees Jonathan Trott come a cropper. Trott, who has a tendency to walk at the bowler, is beaten for pace, cramped in his hook shot and takes the ball on the gloves. It loops into the air, but drops harmlessly right where short leg would have been standing.

  193.  
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    David Cooper, TMS inbox: With three Yorkshire players already in the team, what are the chances of a fourth? Alex Lees, who scored a debut century at Lord's earlier this summer, is now 208 not out against Derbyshire at Chesterfield."

  194. 1301: 
    Eng 64-3 (23 overs)
    Ian Bell

    The ball is still swinging, but Siddle won't let the batsmen sit on the front foot, liberally sprinkling bumpers here and there. Bell, sweat band on his left wrist, luminous yellow flashes on his pads and gloves, looks in the form of a man who has just come off the best knock of his England career. His stand with Trott is now worth 35.

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    Sam Unsworth: So Finn gets dropped after one match yet Pietersen fails again, and with one good innings in a blue moon still gets a chance ?

    Adam Foster: Need to get to lunch unscathed and preferably no more than five down at tea. Big innings from Trott or Bell could rescue us!

    Daniel Partridge: If we are going to judge Joe Root based on these two Test matches, then at least wait until he has completed his second innings.

  196. 1257: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 62-3

    Hello there. Chris Tremlett, Ashes hero of 2010-11 but not seen in a Test match for 18 months, is sitting on the England balcony, hiding behind a pair of red shades. Harris, tearing in, breathing hard, defeats Bell with an in-swinger and appeals for leg before, but that's sliding down.

  197.  
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    Ed Nangle in London, via text on 81111: Root was playing fantastically well in the middle order and unproven as a Test opener. Compton had a lull in runs, which can be said for a lot of our top order batsmen, but proved his worth against Australia in the warm-up games. Is Root better than Compton at two and is Bairstow better than Root at six?

    Redders in Ealing: We need to reshuffle the batting order. Root to drop to six and Bell to open. Big ask for Rooty to open in an Ashes series, I fear for what it may do to the lad if he struggles all summer...

    Claire in Liverpool: Why does everyone always panic and say we should start chopping and changing the batting? Joe Root has only just been promoted to opener and he's had a couple of bad games, lay off! Next you'll be calling for Cook to go!

  198. 1253: 
    Eng 59-3 (Trott 25*, Bell 14*)

    Mitchell Starc, jettisoned for this game, waits to deliver a drink on the boundary edge. Siddle, retreating from the line-and-length plan temporarily, tests Trott's mettle with a couple of leather-sniffers. A pull fine for two, then square for a single. Now we are seeing what a good pitch this is.

  199.   
    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a good pitch to bowl on, nice carry, nice bounce, a bit in it. It was a good move to leave Starc out and bowl Harris. Before he played for Australia we picked him for Yorkshire, then he got picked for Australia and he couldn't come, he's a good bowler but he's had two bad injuries. He's not quick but he bowls the channel and Lord's with the slope always gives seamers something to work with."

  200. 1248: 
    Eng 56-3 (Trott 22*, Bell 14*)

    The Aussie seamers are giving England a thorough examination here. Line and length, landing close to the stumps, then wide of the crease. Yes, it's a fabulous day for batting, but Australia are making things tough for the home side.

  201.  
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    Matthew Veal: How many hours have Cook and Root had in the middle together. Not many. Takes time to build a decent opening pair.

    Nick Graham: The overreaction here! All of England's top order are quality (Root is the youngster learning). Australia are just bowling well!

    Martin: Cook has been so dependable at the top of the order recently, feeling the pressure due to lack of other top class openers?

  202. 1246: 
    Eng 56-3 (19 overs)

    Siddle again, zinc faded on his lips, bustling in with his backside jutting out. Metronomic accuracy outside Trott's off stump, grabbers waiting in the slips. Leave, leave, leave. A maiden. Lord's crowd continues to hum.

  203.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's
    Lord's

    "As lunch approaches, it's very much the calm before the storm in the Coronation Gardens behind the Pavilion, a favourite picnic spot for members and the guests. 'It's like Glastonbury, but Lord's style,' remarks one first-time Lord's-goer."

  204. 1242: 
    Eng 56-3 (Trott 22*, Bell 14*)

    Clarke is shuffling like a croupier, giving the impression that Australia have plenty of options. Back comes the hulking Ryan Harris, finding movement in the air just as the rest of his team-mates have this morning. He tries to tempt Bell by going wide of the crease, but England's number five is pulling out a wonderful cover drive for four. Super cricket that (said in a Richie Benuad Aussie sage style).

    Fall of wickets: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6), 28-3 (Pietersen 2)

  205.  
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    Howie Allen: Cook is the man that is bang out of form, which is putting more pressure on the top order. Big day for Jonny B!

    Jon: If Finn was dropped after a poor showing, surely Root must be getting very nervous?

    Matti Wilson: Preposterous to claim England have no international batsmen. Merely a blip, Belly and Trott will save the day here. Keep calm..

  206. 1237: 
    Eng 52-3 (Trott 22*, Bell 10*)

    Our first sighting of Peter Siddle, who put in an impressive showing on the first day at Trent Bridge, taking five wickets. The type who will be seething not to have had an opportunity to bowl yet, Siddle is hitting his straps immediately, beating Trott with an away-swinger then finding an edge that runs to third man. Who says Michael Clarke and Shane Watson don't get on? They are having a lovely chat in the slips.

  207.   
    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "At Trent Bridge Australia bowled some good balls but also some 'four balls' but they have mainly eradicated them this morning. Harris helps that, that's his game, bowling at off-stump. England have got the right two guys in now though, and hopefully they'll drop anchor."

  208. 1233: 
    Eng 48-3 (Trott 18*, Bell 10*)

    Still Pattinson, his shirt undone to the chest, revealing the daffodil-yellow trim around the buttons. He gets good bounce from a bumper to Trott but then stays to Bell's leg stump and is despatched through square leg for four. Both these England batsmen look in good touch.

  209.  
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    Peter Hart: Re Paul Hannaford (1210) good question, these days selection issues appear to be decided by the weight of public opinion.

    Ross McKinley: This is why Bresnan is in team, can't rely on top order to score big so need added cover.

    Jon Ruffell: Blowers & Tuffers remind of the great comedy duo Derek & Clive.

  210. 1228: 
    CLOSE!- Eng 42-3 (Trott 17*, Bell 5*)

    Close again for the Aussies, Jonathan Trott squaring up to Watson and getting a leading edge that just falls short of one of the two gullies. It's been an impressive showing so far from the tourists, but England's batsmen will know that a a failure here is a big opportunity to get a big score missed.

  211.  
    SOCIAL MEDIA
    Alastair Cook

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  212. 1224: 
    Eng 42-3 (Trott 17*, Bell 5*)

    The Australia attack showed at Trent Bridge that they have no qualms with showing the patience of a monk. On this belting pitch, one of their plans will be to frustrate England's batsmen, bowling on or wide of off stump, hoping to induce a mistake. That's just what the perennially angry James Pattinson serves up to Ian Bell, but the Warwickshire man is in no rush.

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    Matthew Hobbs: England's top six are gettable, bowling unit, bar Anderson, not as good as made out. Aus will fancy this.

    Gavin Hall: Simply awful start to the day. Do we not have any International standard batsmen anymore?

    Matt Graham: All the talk was about whether Finn would be dropped or not, maybe they should look at some of the batsmen

  214.   
    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special
    Lord's

    "The last couple of overs are telling us all that this pitch is a beauty. 42-3 is not anything to do with the pitch. There were a couple of good deliveries but you should be scoring a big score."

  215. 1219: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 42-3 (Trott 17*, Bell 5*)

    Relative calm after the triple fireworks of the first hour. Shane Watson, a permanent limp (much like namesake Tom at Muirfield this morning, although the golfer is 31 years older), strays on to leg stump and is bulleted through the leg side by Trott. Time for a drink.

  216.  
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    Alan in Horsham, via text on 81111: England's top-order batsmen are woeful and have been for a long time.

    Darren in Upminster: I was having a discussion with a friend yesterday about the demise of the longer format of the game. My point was that most batsmen are conditioned to the one-day game and not for cultured stroke-making. After an abundance of fours in about as many overs and three wickets falling, I believe point proved.

    Jason in Bristol: Again the very over-rated Root fails with the bat. For the love of God get someone in there who can handle the pressure.

  217. 1214: 
    Eng 38-3 (Trott 13*, Bell 5*)

    In fact, being sledged by Brad Haddin is very small fry when you know that the Queen has had enough of watching you bat. As James Pattinson switches to the Pavilion End to replace Harris, Her Majesty rises from her seat and leaves the ground. On leaving, she misses the shot of the morning so far, Bell square-driving for four. Typical. You scratch around in front of Her Majesty, then play a stroke that good as that soon as she leaves.

  218.  
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    James Wickham in London, via text on 81111: Question: how often in the last three years, when England have batted first in a test match, got 400+?

    Mike in Chester: Not worried yet, wait till both teams have batted before we judge England's innings. Bell & Trott will drop anchor now anyway.

    Paul Hannaford: Joe Root as opener isn't working. Averaging 13.67 compared to Compton's 31. Will Andy Flower send Root back to county cricket to "score some heavy runs?"

  219. 1210: 
    Eng 34-3 (Trott 13*, Bell 1*)

    There's some chirp out there. Brad Haddin wandering all the way up to Ian Bell to shout some choice words in the batsman's ear. Bell, remember, was nicknamed "The Sherminator" by Shane Warne, so I doubt Bradley James Haddin puts the wind up him. True to form, Bell, isn't interested in the returning Watson's wide-of-off-stump line.

  220.  
    FOLLOW THE OPEN

    You lucky sports fans also have The Open golf to savour today - follow our live TV, radio and text commentary of the first day from Muirfield, with Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson out on course and a certain Sir Nick Faldo in action.

  221.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "Lord's has famously always been a favoured place for touring Australian sides: they've won more Tests here than at any other away ground, while England have only beaten them here in Tests twice since 1900. But even by those statistical standards, taking three prime English wickets for 11 runs in 13 minutes represents a stunning start in conditions that look ideal for batting."

  222. 1204: 
    Eng 33-3 (Trott 12*, Bell 1*)

    And all this after a royal visit. Don't blame Her Majesty, England had plenty of time to prepare after the formalities. The reality is that Australia's bowlers have been excellent. One observation about the events of earlier - only captains Cook and Clarke were wearing their blazers when meeting Her Majesty, all the other players had only their whites on. Do they still have to wear the blazers for lunch? Surely you should dress up to meet the Queen? Scruffy.

    Steven Finn, Alastair Cook and The Queen
  223.  
    HOW'S STAT?!

    Shane Watson now has 22 lbws in his 63 Test wickets. There are only two bowlers with 60 or more Test wickets who have a higher lbw percentage than his 34.92. They are Ajantha Mendis 40.62% (26 out of 64) and Saeed Ajmal 36.84 (49 out of 133).

  224. 1200: 
    Eng 32-3 (Trott 12*, Bell 0*)

    And then came Hurricane Harris. First it was Root, pinned lbw by pace and good length. DRS can't save him. Then Pietersen, edging one that just held its line up the slope. Were you surprised to see Ryan Harris playing in this match? Wonder no more. Indeed, given his long-term fitness problems, it was always likely he would have to be managed through this series. Back-to-back Tests may have been too much, so he could have been pencilled in for Lord's some time ago.

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    Aidan Barlow: Beginning to wonder if this English batting line-up is really capable of taking on a half decent pace attack.

    Chris Harvey: What is going on here? Isn't there a rule about "benefit of any doubt" to favour the batsman?

    LudaChris: Summer wouldn't be summer without an English batting collapse.

  226. 1156: 
    Eng 28-3 (Trott 8*, Bell 0*)

    Shall we try to reflect on what's happened in the first half an hour or so? Three wickets have fallen in 11 balls, started by the brilliance of Australia skipper Michael Clarke. James Pattinson, the new-ball bowler, was struggling with his line to left-hander Cook so was replaced after only two overs by Shane Watson. Watson, so accurate at Trent Bridge, immediately did the business, getting one to nip down the slope and pin the skipper. Harris to Bell, a maiden. It's decisions such as this that have Clarke rated by many as the best captain in the world.

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    Andy Tuck: I thought this was supposed to be a batting wicket?

    Michael Hill: Awful start from England. Bowlers might need to get us out of trouble yet again.

    Malcolm Harvey: England's top order crumbling. Where have we seen this before... Do England have a number 11 who can bat?

  228. 1152: 
    Eng 28-3 (Trott 8*, Bell 0*)

    Michael Clarke, the tinkerman, whips Shane Watson out of the attack after that one successful over, bringing James Pattinson back. With two right-handers - Trott and Ian Bell - at the crease, Pattinson's movement down the slope will be more dangerous than when Alastair Cook was at the crease. Trott leaves alone on off stump. The calm of a maiden.

  229.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's
    Ryan Harris

    "Ryan Harris took nine wickets at Perth to help level the 2010-11 Ashes series at 1-1, only to suffer a stress fracture to his left ankle in the next Test in Melbourne as England went on to win the series 3-1. Asked before the series if he had unfinished business with England, he said: "That's a very good question and yes it is - we lost pretty badly in that series. Obviously I went down halfway through that Test so it would be nice to come back, play well, take some wickets and bring the Ashes home."

  230.   
    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "Harris is just that kind of bowler the England bowlers will not like facing, he brings you forward with pace and gets a little bit of movement either way. The first hour of a Test you're bound to get a little bit of movement but you can't ask for a better start. He's a mover and a shaker Michael Clarke. I blame the Queen!"

  231. 1146: 
    WICKET- Pietersen c Haddin b Harris 2 (Eng 28-3)

    This is unbelievable. A sensational start on a glorious morning at Lord's now sees Kevin Pietersen become the third England batsman to fall. A prod forward to a length ball from Ryan Harris, an edge through to Brad Haddin, Australia cockahoop. The Aussie fans in the crowd sing Pietersen back to the pavilion, where he is met by the silence of the Long Room. Brilliant from Australia, England in disarray.

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6), 28-3 (Pietersen 2)

    Scorecard

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  232.   
    Former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a millimetre in it. When I first saw the reply I thought he'd hit it into his pad but when you saw the replay you could see it hit the pad first. The umpire got it right."

  233. 1142: 
    WICKET- Root lbw Harris 6 (Eng 26-2)
    Joe Root and Ryan Harris

    Joe Root has gone. Third umpire Tony Hill was satisfied that the ball hit the pad before the batsman made contact. Remember, Root was given out on the field, so Hill would need to find some convincing evidence that the decision was wrong which, frankly, there wasn't. After the events of Trent Bridge, it was never going to be a quiet start, was it? On a beautiful day for batting, England are already 26-2.

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12), 26-2 (Root 6)

    Scorecard

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  234. 1141: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Eng 26-1

    Obviously, this was never going to be straightforward. There's a huge HotSpot mark on the inside edge of Root's bat, but has he hit the ball or made contact with his pad?

  235. 1139: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Eng 26-1

    And another, surely? Joe Root looks absolutely plumb to Ryan Harris, full and straight hitting all three. Root, though, wants a review. The only thing that can save him here is an inside edge...

  236.  

    Steven Finn: "Gutted not to be playing today, off to Brighton it is for me with Middlesex though. Lord's looks beautiful too in this sunshine"

  237. 1138: 
    Eng 26-1 (Root 6*, Trott 8*)

    Jonathan Trott the new man, he who was incorrectly sent on his way for a first-baller in the second innings at Trent Bridge. Immediately into his stride, he whips Watson to long leg then drives a wider one, earning two boundaries.

  238.   
    Former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "It came down the slope and swung in just enough. The thing I like about Cook is most batsmen confer with the batsman at the non-striker's end over whether it's out, but not him. Great comeback by Australia. Very good decision by umpire Erasmus."

  239. 1133: 
    WICKET- Cook lbw Watson 12 (Eng 18-1)
    Alastair Cook and Shane Watson

    Gone! The England captain goes, thanks mainly to an inspired decision from his opposite number. The medium pace of Shane Watson is introduced by Michael Clarke in only the fifth over of this Test match and he nips one down the slope from his second delivery. Rapped on the pads, huge appeal. Umpire Erasmus waits, waits, waits, then up goes the finger. A review? No, Cook turns and heads for the pavilion. Australia strike.

    Fall of wicket: 18-1 (Cook 12)

    Scorecard

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  240.   
    Former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a little bit of swing, not too much seam movement. I think the Australian bowlers would prefer bowling to both batsmen from the other end, so you've got the slope going away from them."

  241. 1133: 
    Eng 18-0 (Cook 12*, Root 6*)

    As it has been for almost every day in living memory, the sun is burning bright at Lord's. Underneath the boiling heat, the crowd hums in anticipation, the constant low din only made by at cricket grounds Root prods forward to Harris, a controlled edge running to the vacant third-man boundary to get the Yorkshire tyro off the mark.

  242.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "James Pattinson, tearing in from the Nursery End, is yet to adjust to the effect of the slope. He has strayed onto Cook's pads a little too much, rather than running the ball across his bows as his skipper Michael Clarke, stationed at slip, would like."

  243. 1127: 
    Eng 12-0 (Cook 12*, Root 0*)
    Alastair Cook

    How on earth has James Pattinson got problems with his footwear already? Boot off, check the insole, umpire comes to see what's happening, 12th man on. Finally we're good to go, but Pattinson again drifts in to Cook's pads and is worked down the hill for four. He's essentially bowling a right-hander's line to the leftie. When he pushes the ball across Cook, there's no swing.

  244.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "Cook has scored three centuries at Lord's, although he's never gone on to a biggie - his highest score here is 106. Ryan Harris on his first Test appearance at this most famous of grounds; coming in from the Pavilion End, he will have three slips, a gully and short leg in for Joe Root, hoping that the notorious slope brings the ball back into the right-hander."

  245. 1122: 
    Eng 6-0 (Cook 6*, Root 0*)

    Ryan Harris to share the new ball. Potentially a new name to some, the right-armer has played only 12 Tests since making his debut in 2010. His career has been blighted by a degenerative right-knee condition. He is shaping the ball away from right-hander Root, up the slope, and starts with a maiden.

  246.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "Four years ago, England exploded from the blocks on the first day of Lord's and by stumps had plundered 364 runs, their skipper and opener with an unbeaten 150. Having won the toss this time, Alastair Cook will want to make similar hay while this blistering July sun shines."

  247. 1118: 
    Eng 6-0 (Cook 6*, Root 0*)

    Early swing for Pattinson, down the slope into the pads of left-hander Cook. Too full and tucked through the leg side to get the skipper under way with a boundary. Three slips, a gully, a short leg, but the upright Pattinson is too leggy with his first set.

  248.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbccricket

    Richard Haines: Tough being a bowler. One bad test and you're out. Batsmen get a lot more chances. Harsh on Finn at his home ground.

    Matthew Saunders: In all fairness Lords has never really suited a tall fast bowler, the Oval yes, but Bresnan is a good shout at Lord's.

    Matthew Berry: Would have backed Finn to take wickets if Aussies tried to target him, restoring his confidence. Tough for him to come back now.

  249. 1115: 

    Enough pomp and circumstance, though. It's time for action. James Pattinson has the ball at the Nursery End, Cook will take strike. Play.

  250.   
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special, in the Lord's Long Room

    "I've got goosebumps; the hairs on the back of my neck are standing up. We're in for a wonderful Test match."

  251. 1114: 

    Can you imagine how it must feel to walk through the Long Room as an England batsman, three lions on your chest, opening the batting in an Ashes Test, applauded inside the pavilion then cheered as you hit the turf? Spine-tingling stuff.

  252. 1113: 

    Lovely shot of the Australia team emerging through the historic Long Room, applauded by the members. What tradition. The Aussies huddle on the balcony as England's openers, Alastair Cook and Joe Root, come through the Long Room, applauded and cheered all the way.

  253.  

    England captain Alastair Cook on what the Spirit of Cricket means: "It's a very tough question, I don't know how to define it, play hard, play fair, within certain boundaries. The game has certainly changed over the last few years, maybe the best thing is - would you be happy for some watching from the outside to be happy with what's going on?

    [Stuart Broad refusing to walk in the first Test] "I find it extraordinary how much its been blown out of proportion - the umpires are there to make the decision."

  254. 1110: 

    The outfield space at the bottom of the pavilion steps was full for the royal visit but is now clear as the players prepare. How on earth do your switch your mind to batting after just meeting the Queen? "I've just been talking to the Queen, now where did I put my thigh pad?"

  255. 1107: 

    If you're switching on expecting this second Test match to be an over or two old, we're starting a little later today following a visit from Her Majesty The Queen. Play begins at 1115 BST with all intervals and the close shunted back 15 minutes as a result.

  256.  
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    Jack in London, via text on 81111: Right call bringing Bresnan in. He's shown before that he's a good bowler in tough conditions, which these certainly are. Lord's is hardly a bowlers' paradise in this kind of weather and I think Finn would have got carted about after what happened at Trent Bridge.

    Mat in Hertfordshire: I have a feeling that leaving Finn out on his home track could be a huge mistake. Will kill his confidence too.

    Taff in Hungerford: Does the inclusion of Bresnan say as much about Alastair Cook's confidence about England's higher-order batting then Finn's form?

  257. 1103: 

    Thanks Marc. It's a day fit for the Queen at Lord's. Simply glorious, a day when the bowlers will thank the captain for winning the toss, throw the boots back in the coffin and hope to put their feet up until deep into tomorrow.

    Only four days on from one of the most astonishing, exciting and tense Test matches you could ever wish to see, we're at the home of cricket to do it all again. Will it be another battle royal?

  258.  
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    Adam Dickens: England never lose with Bresnan in the side. I'm surprised Starc was dropped. Harris is ordinary.

    Chris Mitchell: Its not broke, don't fix it! Dropping Finn 4 Bresnan could prove massive own goal. Bresnan definitely not Test class. Ho hum.

  259.   
    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    "If there's a strike bowler in Australian cricket that has a batter record than Ryan Harris over the past couple of years, I won't believe the numbers. He's outstanding."

  260.  

    BBC weatherman Alex Deakin: "It's blue skies and it will be hard to spot a cloud, definitely shirt-sleeve order, maybe not quite as hot as we had in central London yesterday but we could get 30 degrees, and that's in the shade, so hotter in the middle, the pitch will be baked.

    "It will get gradually cooler 28, 29 tomorrow and around 25-28 at the weekend with perhaps a little bit of cloud, but generally it's hot and sunny and it could climb up to 30 again on Monday - if it's needed."

  261.  

    Chris Pinkney: Bresnan in? Madness. Absolute madness. Shouldn't be anywhere near the Test team.

    Wayne Ellis: No surprise to see Finn dropped, can't afford to carry anyone in an Ashes Test....

    Danny Potter: Dropping Finn is harsh after one bad game on a flat dusty pitch. Would they drop a batter who failed twice after one game.

  262. 1056: 

    Right then. We've had the toss, we know the line-ups and both teams have now met the Queen. Stephan Shemilt will now take over and steer you through the first session of the morning. Enjoy.

  263.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul Thompson: If play didn't start until after 11am due to the players meeting The Queen, would it be classed as a reign delay?

    Kyle Froomes: The Aussies bringing in Khawaja for Cowan could be a masterstroke, especially on a very dry Lord's wicket!

    David Stephens: If Michael Clarke's back is bad, perhaps batting at No 5 will give him more time to recover after fielding?

  264. 1052: 

    The Queen is given three cheers and then applauded from the field. A moment to remember for players of both sides, who then head to the dressing room to finalise preparations for the 1115 BST start.

  265.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think if there's one member of the England team who might say something with a smile on his face it's Graeme Swann."

  266. 1048: 
    ROYAL VISIT

    Her Majesty is being introduced to the Australia team by skipper Michael Clarke, then it is on to the umpires before the Queen is greeted by Alastair Cook and meets the England squad.

  267. 1047: 
    THE QUEEN ARRIVES AT LORD'S

    The Queen has just arrived at Lord's, five minutes later than planned. She is now making her way through the famous Lord's corridors, down the steps and on to the outfield. She is wearing a blue hat, blue dress and white jacket with blue trim.

  268.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "Is Steven Finn unlucky to miss out on his home ground? The statistics would suggest so. Finn has taken 29 wickets at 20.65 in five Tests at Lord's, whereas Tim Bresnan has taken five wickets in four games at Cricket HQ at 66.00. Finn was, however, distinctly off colour at Trent Bridge and was taken apart by Brad Haddin on the final day.

    "Meanwhile, well-known Australian journalist Malcolm Conn describes Michael Clarke's shift to number five in the batting order as a surprise. Phil Hughes, who will now bat at four, scored 81 not out at number six in the first Test at Trent Bridge."

  269. 1042: 

    I'm not sure if he has any inside knowledge but Test Match Special's Phil Tufnell reckons the Queen will be wearing pastel blue today.

  270. 1040: 

    The flag of St George has been taken down at Lord's and the Royal Standard is being raised. Both Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke look resplendent in their team blazers as they await the royal visit.

  271.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    There's a lovely story of Keith Fletcher, presenting the players to the Duke of Edinburgh, forgetting Derek Pringle's name. They even played for the same county.

  272. 1036: 

    The two teams are currently lining up on the Lord's outfield in preparation to meet the Queen. What a tremendous occasion the Lord's Ashes Test is.

  273. 1035: 
    AUSTRALIA VIEW
    Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke, speaking at the toss: "We probably would have batted, not only because the wicket looks good but also as the forecast is great for this Test. I don't have too much input on selection, but the selectors know me quite well and I back their judgement. They make their selections and I do my best with the batting order."

  274. 1034: 
    ENGLAND VIEW

    England captain Alastair Cook, speaking at the toss: "With the heat over the next five days it might turn as well. [Dropping Steven Finn] was a very tough decision but we just feel this combination for this wicket is the best way to go. The bowlers put in a huge physical effort at Trent Bridge and for the batters it was a tough mental game but we are ready to go."

  275. 1029: 
    LINE-UPS
    James Anderson

    England: A Cook, J Root, J Trott, K Pietersen, I Bell, J Bairstow, M Prior, T Bresnan, S Broad, G Swann, J Anderson.

    Australia: S Watson, C Rogers, U Khawaja, P Hughes, M Clarke, S Smith, B Haddin, A Agar, P Siddle, J Pattinson, R Harris.

  276. 1027: 
    AUSTRALIA TEAM NEWS

    Australia captain Michael Clarke confirms that Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris will replace Ed Cowan and Mitchell Starc.

  277. 1026: 
    ENGLAND TEAM NEWS
    Tim Bresnan

    England have announced one change, with Tim Bresnan replacing Steven Finn from the side which won at Trent Bridge.

  278. 1025: 
    TOSS

    England win the toss and will bat first.

  279.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "Test Match Special will have a couple of big-hitters during the lunch interval today. Former Australia captain Steve Waugh and ICC chief executive Dave Richardson will be talking to Jonathan Agnew, so make sure you listen in."

  280. 1023: 
    WARNER FAILS

    On the subject of Aussie problems, David Warner is playing for Australia A against a Zimbabwe Select XI in Harare today - and lasted just nine balls before being dismissed for six. The visitors are 72-3 after 18 overs in that little contest.

  281.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul in Surrey, via text on 81111: I read that update at 10.12am as ''Gough's back in''. Surely Finn didn't bowl that badly to be replaced by the old man!

    James: To be honest I would like to see Graham Onions get a crack at a test place! Got a few 5 fors afters coming back from the injury and Finn hasn't bowled too well and he won't be able to get better unless he plays! Hopefully we'll also see Tremlett back soon!

  282. 1020:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Just a quick heads up that the Test Match Special team will be hitting the airwaves on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra in five minutes' time. You can also listen via the BBC iPlayer Radio app and the BBC Sport website app.

  283.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Bailey Noyes: If Bresnan is picked the England selectors shall expect a strongly worded letter.

    Matt King: Would like to see Finn given another chance this Test. He's on his home ground where his record is better than Bres and Onions.

    Ben Fox: I reckon Finn will come into his own in the second Test - he just needs a couple of wickets to get his confidence rolling!

  284. 1017: 
    AUSSIE STRIFE

    Australia's build-up to this Ashes series was affected by a last-minute change of coach and their star opening batsman throwing a right hook at Joe Root, and still stories continue to emanate that there is a rift in the tourists' dressing room.

    Australia's Seven Network reported documents tendered to court by former coach Mickey Arthur showed there were serious divisions within the squad and the report went on to claim that captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder Shane Watson are at loggerheads.

    "The Australian dressing room is fine, there is no feud," said wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. "The group has been fine since day one of the tour. It [losing the first Test] hasn't driven us closer together, it has made us determined to win a Test."

  285. 1012: 
    GOUGH BACKS FINN
    Steven Finn

    If Steven Finn does keep his place in the team it will please former England fast bowler Darren Gough, who believes the Middlesex paceman is one of the best bowlers in the country.

    "Without a doubt he should continue in the team," said Gough. "Before the series starts you pick your three best seamers and they're Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steve Finn.

    "Just because he had a poor second innings does that mean we drop him and we go with someone else? Finn deserves more than one game, especially when the previous pitch didn't suit his bowling."

  286.   
    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "The word in the Lord's press box is that Steven Finn will retain his place in an unchanged England team, while the Australian press are reporting that Mitchell Starc and Ed Cowan will be replaced by Ryan Harris and Usman Khawaja in the tourists' team. I'm told the Australians want to look after Starc and will probably rotate their fast bowlers through the series."

  287.  
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    Hugh Ferrey: My fingernails have finally grown back after Sunday, wonder what state they will be in on Monday.

  288. 1006: 
    FOLLOW ON THE MOVE

    Whatever you are doing today, you can follow every moment of this year's Ashes with the BBC iPlayer Radio app and the BBC Sport app. On the radio app, you can listen live to Test Match Special and download the Aggers and Boycott close-of-play podcasts. The BBC's ever-popular live text commentary, with analysis and insight from our reporters at the ground, is available on the BBC Sport app.

    Download the BBC Sport website app and Download the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

  289.   
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Lord's

    "Unbridled blue up above the pristine green of the Lord's outfield. Weather forecast for this first Test more St Kilda than St John's Wood - baking sunshine all the way through. Looks like a track on which to bat first - and bat, and bat, and bat."

  290. 1004: 
    TOO RELIANT ON JIMMY?

    "Australia hold James Anderson in so much higher regard than the rest of the attack," Gilchrist told BBC Sport. "They are very, very wary of him and concerned about how consistent he is in any conditions.

    "Brad Haddin took a strong attack to Steven Finn and even Graeme Swann, who was off his game to an extent.

    "That huge feeling of reliance on Anderson, maybe they can use that to their advantage when coming up against the other bowlers."

  291. 1002: 
    KING OF THE SWINGERS

    England's bowling attack will, of course, continue to be led by the king of the swingers, James Anderson, at Lord's. The Burnley Express bagged himself 10 wickets at Trent Bridge and, while he has spent the last three days sleeping soundly, the Aussie batsmen have been waking up in cold sweats at the thought of facing him. But are England too reliant on him? Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist thinks so...

  292. 0958: 
    HOW'S STAT?

    England are aiming to win their 50th Test at Lord's. They have lost 28 and drawn 47 at the venue.

    Australia have won 16, lost six and drawn 14 of their Tests at Lord's. This loss percentage of 16.7% is their lowest of any overseas Test venue they have played at least 10 matches at.

  293.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Steven Finn is a bowler short on confidence and Australia know it. In the manner of a pride of lions picking off an old wildebeest from the back of the pack, Australia attacked Finn at Trent Bridge because they could see he was struggling.

    "I cannot see Finn retaining his place at Lord's, which is a shame because it is his home ground and he actually bowls quite well there."

  294.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Fergus Weir: Would like to see Bres come in. Less pace but a more consistent line and length bowler and capable of getting runs.

  295. 0952: 
    FINN, BRESNAN OR ONIONS?

    Steven Finn has a fine record on his home ground of Lord's, taking 29 wickets at 20.65 in five Tests, but Tim Bresnan (11 wickets at 19) and Graham Onions (10 wickets at 30) also have decent records against Australia.

    "You pick a side you think can win and you have to make tough decisions," said England captain Alastair Cook. "Your record at a certain place can play a part. You always try to find the balance of the attack for the conditions you find; past form and past bowling [at a venue] is very important."

  296. 0945: 
    ENGLAND'S DILEMMA

    While it appears Australia will make two changes to their team for the second Test, England are facing something of a selection quandary.

    Fast bowler Steven Finn endured a difficult time on the slow, low surface at Trent Bridge and came in for some particularly rough treatment from Brad Haddin as the Aussies edged towards the finishing line on Sunday.

    England must now decide whether to stick with the Middlesex paceman on his home ground or go for Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan or Durham's Graham Onions.

  297.  
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    Aidan Irving: Getting married tomorrow and thinking of ways to keep up to date with the Ashes. Apparently TMS blaring out won't help the romance?

  298. 0938: 
    THE HOME OF CRICKET
    Lord's

    So what could possibly be more exciting than an Ashes Test match at a sold-out Lord's? And, with the country in the midst of a heatwave, it's likely to be a thirsty day for the 29,000 spectators.

    Because of that, the home of cricket expects to pour around 55,000 pints of beer each day and 10,000 bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne will be sold during the match.

    I'm expecting the members to enthusiastically join in on the Mexican wave once they have got stuck into those expensive bubbles...

  299. 0933: 
    HOW'S STAT?

    Australia have now gone nine Tests without a century being scored by a batsman in the top three. In that time, the top three batsmen in the order have totalled 1536 runs at an average of 30.11, with 13 fifties and a best of 87. In contrast, in 17 Tests since the start of 2012, their 10th wicket has now added 686 runs at an average of 40.35.

  300. 0930: 
    WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

    The Age continues to talk about the reported rift between Australia captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder Shane Watson. They say the problems began when Clarke was named captain. Watson thinks he was part of a group of senior men who became victims of Clarke's decision to give favourable treatment to a set of youngsters brought into the international set-up.

    Read all the Ashes gossip in BBC Sport's dedicated column

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Live Scores - England v Australia

 

  • England beat Australia by 347 runs
  • England: 361 & 349-7 (114.1 overs)
  • Australia: 128 & 235 (90.3 overs)
  • Venue: Lord's

Australia 2nd Innings

All out
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Watson lbw b Anderson 20
Rogers b Swann 6
Khawaja c Anderson b Root 54
Hughes lbw b Swann 1
Clarke c Cook b Root 51
Smith c Prior b Bresnan 1
Haddin lbw b Swann 7
Agar c Prior b Bresnan 16
Siddle b Anderson 18
Pattinson lbw b Swann 35
Harris not out 16
Extras 1w 4b 5lb 10
Total all out 235

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England captain Alastair Cook and James Anderson with the Ashes urn

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