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Stuart Broad: 'England mentally switched off'

Stuart Broad concedes that England "switched off" as they face an uphill battle to save the second Ashes Test against Australia.

Stuart Broad has admitted that England "mentally switched off" on day two of the second Ashes Test as they fell to 85-4 in reply to Australia's 566-8 declared.

Mitchell Johnson took two wickets in seven balls on a slow Lord's pitch, with Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes steadying the England chase after losing their first four wickets for just 30 runs.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Broad said: "We mentally switched off for 20 minutes, which in Test cricket you can't afford to do. Credit to our bowlers on coming back today - we fought back well.

"They bowled really well tonight. When you've got a lot of scoreboard pressure and 30 overs to bowl, you can fly in for one spell."

Earlier in the day, Steve Smith hit 215 in what has been a dominant display from the Australians.


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