Ashes: What the newspapers made of day two at Lord's
A look at what some of the leading writers in England and Australia said after the second day at Lord's.
Last Updated: 20/07/13 2:49pm
Mike Atherton - The Times
"There were poor shots, notably when Hughes flayed at a wide ball that was not of driveable length, and there was even a touch of the village green, when Rogers swung at, and missed, a full toss that hit him belt high... Australia's only shaft of light on the gloomiest of days for them came from their bowlers: from Peter Siddle in the evening, who swung the ball and sent back Cook and Trott, both dragging on, and Kevin Pietersen to a lazy drive ill-suited to the situation; and Harris in the morning, who, like Swann, got himself on the honours board with a five-wicket haul."
Derek Pringle - Daily Telegraph
"Australia's batting was identified as their weak suit before this series began, though nobody suspected how bad it was until they were 117 for nine in their first innings at Trent Bridge. There they were rescued by a teenager making his debut and in the second innings by a veteran making a comeback, but that leaves a lot of dead wood in between, something turned gleefully into kindling yesterday by England's bowlers... England bowled as they mostly do, with discipline and skill, but this was no overwhelming force blowing away batsmen unable to cope with pace, swing or spin. The pitch is dusting in places, which allows the seam to grip occasionally for pace bowlers and spinners, but it is no minefield."
Mike Selvey - Guardian
"With a lead of 233, a pitch offering sufficient spin already for Swann to complete his 16th five-wicket haul in Tests, and a forecast set fair, any temptation to enforce the follow-on was easily resisted. The idea is to win a Test match rather than a race: given the time available you do not play around with even the remotest possibility of chasing a target on the last day."
Paul Newman - Daily Mail
"For all the talk of improved morale under Darren Lehmann and all the fight Australia showed at Trent Bridge, the class of England's attack told on the second day of the second Test to expose the glaring deficiencies of Michael Clarke's side. Australia were awful, an embarrassing shadow of the great side of the likes of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, who have all been here to see at first hand how far they have fallen."
Chloe Saltau - Melbourne Age
"To blame Australia's botched use of the Decision Review System for what happened between just before lunch and tea on day two at Lord's would be to let the batsmen off the hook. There were two bad reviews (and one bad non-review), starting with Shane Watson challenging an lbw verdict that looked unmistakably out. But awful batting contributed to the touring team being levelled for 128, Australia's lowest total at Lord's since 1968."
Stephen Brenkley - The Independent
"The tourists' first innings in the Second Test of the Ashes series was a catalogue of carelessness, neglect, farce and plain stupidity. Perhaps they were overawed by the surroundings and the occasion, perhaps England's bowling was so relentlessly probing that they felt there was nowhere to go."
Malcolm Conn - Herald Sun
"What a mess, what a shambles, what a debacle, what an embarrassment. Some of Australia's most well-paid professional sportsmen have been responsible for amateur-hour... The batting was too bad to forget. The rest of the series doesn't bear thinking about."