England took a major step towards a 2-0 lead over Australia in the second ashes test at Lord's.

The hosts took full advantage of some dismal batting from their opponents on day two, dismissing Darren Lehmann’s side for 128 before losing three late wickets themselves.

Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen all went cheaply for England, with Joe Root at the crease on 18 and Tim Bresnan yet to score. Andy Flower’s side are on 31-3, leading by 264.

The advantage came about with the help of Australia’s batsmen, with Graeme Swann doing most of the damage for the hosts. The Nottinghamshire spinner finished with figures of 5 for 44.

Bresnan took the first wicket after England’s tail added 72, trapping Shane Watson in-front with the score on 42. The opener, who top scored for his country with 30, called for a review but was out plum.

Opening partner Rogers fell with only eight more runs added, with Swann farcically claiming his first scalp. His high full toss was missed, and again the LBW decision went England’s way. A review was not called for, but would have saved the 35-year-old as the ball was drifting down leg side.

Phil Hughes, Usman Khwaja, Steve Smith and Michael Clarke were the next to fall, before Ashton Agar ran himself out. Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin followed their teammates to the hutch, with Ryan Harris the last wicket to fall.

On a good batting wicket, the falling 16-wickets has left many scratching their heads, and day three offers to be another cracker after an entriguing first seven days in the series.

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