Sydney: England bowler Tim Bresnan has said that he had expected an Australian fight back and the side was hoping to counter-attack on the second day of the Test, as Australia finished the first day on 3-303.
According to The Daily Telegraph, captain Michael Clarke, promoting himself to No.4, led from the front with a wonderful unbeaten 125 and with Steve Smith (69 not out), he combined in an unbroken 179 partnership that was itself far more substantial than the first nine wickets could accumulate in the first innings at Trent Bridge, and the entire team could compile in the first innings at Lord`s.
Rogers and Shane Watson gave Australia some needed momentum with an opening partnership of 76, the report said.
However, the report added that during an Ashes tour on which the poor umpiring has baffled and frustrated both teams, it was the puzzling use of the DRS, rather than Australia`s more disciplined batting, that created the greatest talking point with Australian No. 3 Usman Khawaja given out caught behind after missing a sharply spinning ball from Graeme Swann.