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Australia got rid of England’s in-form batsman Joe Root cheaply in both innings at Lord’s.

LONDON: Australia thrashed England by 405 runs to win the second Ashes Test at Lord`s on Sunday and level the five-match series at 1-1.

England, set what would have been a new fourth innings record of 509 to win a Test after Australia declared, collapsed to 64 for seven either side of tea on the fourth day.

They were eventually dismissed for 103 all out in just 37 overs.

Australia`s victory was only the ninth time in the 138-year history of Test cricket that a side had won by more than 400 runs.

Australia laid the platform for this success when, after winning the toss, they piled up 566 for eight declared — an innings featuring Test-best scores from Steven Smith (215) and Chris Rogers (173).

This was the second time in the series a team had won with more than a day to spare after England`s 169-run victory in the first Test in Cardiff last week.

The Ashes campaign continues with the third Test at Birmingham`s Edgbaston ground starting on July 29.
Scores:

Australia 566-8 dec (S Smith 215, C Rogers 173; S Broad 4-45) and 254-2 dec (D Warner 83, S Smith 58)

England 312 (A Cook 96, B Stokes 87; M Johnson 3-53, J Hazlewood 3-68) and 103 (M Johnson 3-27).