Lord’s Test could be one for the aged ...

ENGLAND is basking in the afterglow of a crushing 169-run victory over Australia in the first Test at Cardiff, with the tourists already labelled Dad's Army.

With the tune from that TV show of the 1960s and '70s blasting around the ground at Sophia Gardens courtesy of the Barmy Army trumpeter, the Aussie run chase was as good as over when opener David Warner fell leg before to offspinner Moeen Ali for 52 just before lunch on day four.

Steve Smith, Michael Clarke and Adam Voges then fell in quick succession as England took 4-9 to end the match as a contest.

Smith made 33 for the second time in a row, in the process losing his world No.1 ranking to South Africa's AB de Villiers.

Clarke managed just four before again falling to Stuart Broad, the 10th time the English paceman had claimed the Australian captain's wicket in Test cricket.

Under-pressure all-rounder Shane Watson was out leg before to England rookie Mark Wood, the 14th time Watson had been dismissed in that fashion in Tests against England.

Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson provided some late resistance with 77, but that was never going to be enough as Australia was bowled out for 242.

With the second Test starting at Lord's on Thursday, Clarke said the short break would have his players hungry for a much-improved performance.

"Like losing to New Zealand in the World Cup gave us a bit of a kick up the backside, (the Australian players) will probably see this game very similar," the skipper said.

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He also denied suggestions Australia had taken the home side too lightly given the changes to England's line-up.

"It's a completely different team, but I think any time you get out-played it makes you see and understand where you have to get to to beat your opposition," he said.

England certainly deserved the win, which came on the back of some aggressive batting, some quality bowling and excellent captaincy from Alastair Cook which included innovative and attacking field placements.

The Australian selectors are already being compared to Britain's Help the Aged department with players including Chris Rogers (37), Brad Haddin (37), Voges (35), Watson (34), Clarke (34) and Johnson (33) in the line-up.

Watson is clearly under the most pressure, with calls for Mitchell Marsh to take his place growing louder by the day.

Paceman Mitchell Starc is also in doubt for the second Test with an ankle injury, with Peter Siddle the most likely replacement if the left-armer doesn't come up.

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