Ashes: England collapse after Steve Smith stars at Lord’s

LONDON: England face a fight to avoid defeat in the second Ashes Test after collapsing on the second evening at Lord’s.


Replying to Australia’s daunting 566-8 declared, they lost Adam Lyth to the second ball as they slipped to 30-4, with Mitchell Johnson striking twice.

Ben Stokes and captain Alastair Cook carried them to 85-4 by the close, 282 short of avoiding the follow-on.

Steve Smith hit 215 and Chris Rogers 173, while Stuart Broad took 4-83, as Australia declared an over after tea.

England lead 1-0 in the five-match series following their 169-run win at Cardiff.