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Chris Barrett is a Sports Writer with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Ashes 2015: Pitch imperfect - Trevor Bayliss says flat wickets suit Australia not England

Chris Barrett The England coach has called for pitches with more life in them for the remainder of this Ashes series after the production of a flat deck at Lord's backfired badly for the hosts.

Ashes 2015: Blowtorch on England top order after collapse leaves hosts rattled

England's Gary Balance leaves the pitch after being caught by Peter Nevill off the bowling of Australia's Mitchell Marsh on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord's.

Chris Barrett Alastair Cook admits England will have to consider changes to their fragile top order after they crumbled in 37 overs on Sunday at Lord's to surrender the second Ashes Test by 405 runs

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Ashes 2015: Mitchell Johnson leads way as Australia thrash England by 405 runs

Mitchell Johnson led Australia to a comprehensive win at Lord's on Sunday.

Chris Barrett Australia vowed to hit back after the disappointment of Cardiff but even they can't have imagined the second Ashes Test turning out quite like this.

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Ashes 2015: Australian opener Chris Rogers retired hurt two days after getting blow to head

Concern: Australian batsman Chris Rogers sits on the ground before retiring on the fourth day of the Ashes Test at Lord's.

Chris Barrett There were concerns on Sunday for the health and immediate playing future of the veteran Australian opener after he suffered a sudden dizzy spell while at the non-striker's end.

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Ashes 2015: Mitchell Marsh says it's hard to see how much Shane Watson cops

Mitchell Marsh celebrates the dismissal of Ben Stokes.

Chris Barrett The new Australian all-rounder admits the saga around whether he or his elder colleague would play at Lord's was difficult to deal with.

Ashes 2015: Mitchell Marsh takes down England's big two as Australia tighten grip

Mitch Marsh claimed two important wickets on day three.

Chris Barrett The only question now is when Michael Clarke will declare after the tourists' new all-rounder cut short England's resistance on day three by denying centuries to Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes.

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Ashes 2015: Ben Stokes denied another Lord's century after falling on unlucky 87

Happy with that: Mitch Marsh celebrates after taking the wicket of Ben Stokes.

Chris Barrett It is meant to be Australia's unlucky number but on Saturday it served them well.

Ashes 2015: Steve Smith scores double century nine years after visit to Lord's as teen

A teenage Steve Smith pictured on a junior tour to Lord's in 2006, with a equally fresh-faced Jackson Bird.

Chris Barrett Nine years ago a teenage Steve Smith was pictured at Lord's while in the country on a junior tour, a young Jackson Bird also in the frame as he took a first glimpse of a ground where he dreamed of...

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Ashes 2015: Mitchell Johnson leads way as Australia tear through England top order

Mitchell Johnson celebrates after taking the wicket of Joe Root of England.

Chris Barrett The tourists lead by 481 runs and have their tails up after collecting four quick wickets in a dramatic final session of the second day.

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Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke's worrying form slump rolls on with scratchy innings

On his way: Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett Australia's captain-in-waiting can't stop scoring runs. The man in the job now, though, can't seem to find any after another failure in the second Test at Lord's.

Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers keeps showing how much he will be missed when he retires

Been there, ton that: Chris Rogers celebrates his century.

Chris Barrett With his highest Test score and fourth century against England, Australia must be wishing the soon-to-retire opener was 27 not 37.

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Ashes 2015: Steve Smith fires shot at Alastair Cook for defensive England fields

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England's Alastair Cook and Ian Bell
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Chris Barrett The Australian centurion said he was surprised that Trevor Bayliss would allow the England captain to use some of the fielding placements he made on day one of the second Test.

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The Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers and Steve Smith score centuries after lucky break at toss

Steve Smith plays a shot during day one of the 2nd Investec Ashes Test match at Lord's Cricket Ground.

Chris Barrett Michael Clarke usually calls tails, according to Ricky Ponting, but he switched to heads on Thursday and it paid dividends, with Australia cashing on batting first on a flat Lord's pitch in the...

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Ashes 2015: Ex-AFL footballer Campbell Brown kicked off Lord's before play

Campbell Brown

Chris Barrett The former Hawthorn premiership player was busted wearing another person's accreditation to gain access to the playing field.

Ashes 2015: David Warner misses chance to cash in at Lord's with soft dismissal

Opportunity lost: David Warner threw away a golden opportunity.

Chris Barrett The Australian opener had got the tourists off to an ideal start in the second Test but then lost his head as England introduced their spinner Moeen Ali.

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Ashes 2015: Australia win the toss and bat in second Test

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16:  Peter Nevill of Australia recieves his Baggy Green Cap from former Australian Captain Steve Waugh during day one of the 2nd Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 16, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chris Barrett Australia have won the toss and will bat in the second Ashes Test under overcast skies.

Ashes 2015: Five things Australia must do better in the second Test at Lord's

Steve Smith

Chris Barrett After a disappointing start to their Ashes defence in Cardiff, there is plenty to improve on for Michael Clarke's men at the home of cricket.

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Ashes 2015: Peter Nevill follows Brad Haddin from club, state ranks to Test team

Royal reception: Prince Charles shares a joke with Australian cricketers Peter Nevill and Mitchell Johnson during a visit before the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.

Chris Barrett It's not the way the NSW gloveman had hoped and planned on making his Test debut but he will be eager to seize his opportunity at Lord's.

Ashes 2015: Mitchell Marsh lands on big stage at Lord's with Australia desperate to win

Mitchell Marsh

Chris Barrett There will be no soft landing for the new faces in the second Test as Michael Clarke's team bid to fight their way back into the series.

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Ashes 2015: Shane Watson dropped for second Test, replaced by Mitchell Marsh

Shane Watson

Chris Barrett The outlook appears bleak for the 34-year-old after paying the price for once again being found out by England's bowlers in Australia's first Test defeat in Cardiff.

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