Clarke’s men produced a near-ideal display to level the five-match series at 1-1 after their 169-run loss, also inside four days, in the first Test in Cardiff. Australia never looked back at Lord’s after piling up 566 for eight declared in a first innings that featured Test-best scores from both Steven Smith (215) and Chris Rogers (173).

I think the game was set up by the way we batted in the first innings, by the way we stopped England’s momentum from the first Test,” said Clarke. That’s why I think Chris Rogers and Steve Smith deserve a lot of credit. Obviously when we got a crack with the ball the boys executed really well and we continued that in the second innings.”

However, Clarke added: “I think the other thing is to obviously be extremely happy with the way we performed but also respect that we’ve only played two Test matches in a five-Test series. I still see areas where we can get better, a few of us would definitely like to score some more runs, I’d like to see no dropped catches.

“So we turn up to training in Derby in a couple of days and we try and get better,” said Clarke ahead of next week’s three-day tour game which will provide Australia’s lead-in to the third Test at Edgbaston starting on July 29.

The only significant concern for Australia at Lord’s was when veteran opener Rogers retired hurt early on Sunday morning after a dizzy spell. That led to fears the 37-year-old left-hander may have been a victim of delayed concussion after being struck on the helmet by England paceman James Anderson on Friday’s second day.

Rogers, who plans to retire after the Ashes, missed Australia’s recent 2-0 series win in the Caribbean, having been struck on the helmet while batting in the nets.

He did not field on the fourth day at Lord’s but was seen talking to team-mates on the Australian dressing room balcony. Clarke, however, was upbeat about Rogers’s prospects of playing in the third Test. “I don’t know enough about it at this stage,” Clarke said.

“But it sounds to me that today’s incident is no relation to him getting hit in the West Indies or even the other day. “We’ll wait and see the result and let the experts have a look at him and make their decision. “But I’m confident Chris will be right for the next Test.” There have been suggestions that England have prepared deliberately slow pitches to counter the threat of Johnson — who took 37 wickets during Australia’s 5-0 whitewashing of England during the 2013/14 Ashes.

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