2nd Ashes Test, Day 2: England vs Australia – As it happened...


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England, 2nd innings:

Over 20 || Score 31/3

Stumps: England have once again dominated the proceedings. Australia couldn’t even bat for a day and while James Anderson was the pick of the English bowlers in the first Test, it was Graeme Swann who demolished the Aussies today at the Lords as he picked his second five-wicket haul at the 'Mecca of Cricket.' Peter Siddle gave his side some hope by picking three quick wickets, England have a massive lead of 264 runs with seven wickets in hand. And not to forget, it was just the end of the second day’s play.


Over 15 || Score 30/2

Peter Siddle is bowling a superb spell for the Aussies at the moment. He picked his first wicket in the second innings when Cook dragged a ball onto his stumps while trying to play it on the off-side. England suffered a major blow when Jonathan Trott was bowled for a duck. Trott was dismissed off a length delivery that took an inside edge and went onto the hit the stumps. Siddle had gained his momentum and he picked his third wicket when Kevin Pietersen tried to smash an extremely wide delivery over point, didn’t time it well, as it went straight to Rogers at point. England have a massive lead but these three wickets should give the Aussies some respite after a humiliating show by their batsmen. England now lead by 263 runs with seven wickets in hand.

KP Pietersen c Rogers b Siddle 5 (11b)

IJL Trott b Siddle 0 (6b)

AN Cook b Siddle 8 (28b)


Australia, 1st innings:

Over 53.3 || Score 128/10

Swann dropped a chance off his own bowling when Harris hit a straight catch at him, but the off-spinner made up for the mistake in the next over when Harris charged down the wicket to free his arms and was caught at long-on. With that wicket, Swann completed his five-wicket haul as Australia now trail by 233 runs!

RJ Harris c Pietersen b Swann 10 (25b)


Over 50 || Score 118/9

England are just one wicket away from a huge first innings lead. Anderson picked his first wicket of the match when Siddle edged one to Swann in the slip cordon. Brad Haddin decided to take a chance again Graeme Swann with a slog-sweep but ended it hitting to Trott at first slip. The ninth wicket fell at 104 and thus Ryan Harris and James Patinson have added 14 runs so far for the tenth wicket.

BJ Haddin c Trott b Swann 7 (42b)

PM Siddle c Swann b Anderson 2 (24b)


Over 41 || Score 96/7

TEA: Australia suffered a major blow when their only hope Michael Clarke was dismissed by Broad as a ball hit him on the pads in front of the wicket. It was a planned dismissal by Broad who was bowling a lot of bouncers before he surprised the Australian skipper with a length delivery that was almost a Yorker. Ashton Agar, who made an incredible Test debut in the previous match was run-out as a result of a mix-up between him and Haddin. Australia now trail by 265 runs with just three wickets in hand.

AC Agar run out 2 (21b)

MJ Clarke lbw b Broad 28 (41b)


Over 30 || Score 86/5

A lot was said and written as to how Usman Khawaja could strengthen the middle-order. But the left-hander proved to be a major disappointment as he first survived when Jonathan Trott dropped a sitter off Swann at first slip. But Swann claimed his wicket few overs later when he shimmied down the track and launched a ball straight to Pietersen at mid-on. Swann picked another wicket when Steven Smith was surprised by a ball that spun and bounced as Ian Bell took a brilliant catch at silly mid-off. Another poor performance from the middle-order leaves Australia struggling at 86/5. Michael Clarke is still there at the crease and a big knock is due from him. But he is falling short of partners.

Michael Clarke 24* (35) Brad Haddin 0* (1b)

SPD Smith c Bell b Swann 2 (14b)

UT Khawaja c Pietersen b Swann 14 (35b)


Over 22 || Score 67/3

Graeme Swann picked the second wicket for England when a high full-toss hit Rogers’ pads which was in front of the wicket. It was a bizarre dismissal and Rogers stood there at the crease thinking whether to review the decision or nor, but then walked away having realised that Watson had already wasted a referral. Bud had he reviewed that, it would have saved him as the replays showed the ball was missing the leg stump. But another DRS controversy took place when England appealed for an edge that came off Hughes’ bat, the batsman immediately reviewed that but the third-umpire too thought there was an edge and he stood by the field umpire’s decision.

PJ Hughes c Prior b Bresnan 1 (8b)

CJL Rogers lbw b Swann 15 (45b)


Over 12.4 || Score 42/1

LUNCH: Tim Bresnan got the first breakthrough for England when after playing a few good strokes, Shane Watson missed out on a delivery from Bresnan that hit him right in front of the stumps. Watson had some doubt about that dismissal and he wasted a referral by reviewing the decision. So a 42-run stand for the first wicket comes to an end. Watson was looking confident and he would obviously be disappointed.

SR Watson lbw b Bresnan 30 (42b)


England, 1st innings:

Over100 || Score 361/10

Harris took a wicket off the first ball of the second day with a hint of outswing which was edged by Bresnan and the ball went inside the gloves of Haddin. After a couple of overs, Harris bowled another beauty and this time it was James Anderson’s turn to go back to the pavilion. Anderson hung his bat at a length ball which clipped his bat and went to the wicketkeeper once again and Haddin took a comfortable catch behind the wickets. With the wicket of Anderson, Harris completed his five-wicket haul. Last pair of England Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad scored some runs freely and in doing so smashed a few boundaries and Broad smashed a six over the square leg region, before James Pattinson’s ball touched the outside edge of Broad’s bat and went to the gloves of Haddin. Broad and Swann added quick 48 runs for the last wicket.


England seemed to be on top towards the end of day one, before Michael Clarke introduced Steven Smith into the attack. The right-arm leg-spinner dismissed Bell (109) in the first over he bowled and then went on to scalp the wickets of Bairstow (67) and Prior (6) that shifted the momentum Australia’s way.

Over89 || Score 289/7

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