Cricket / The Ashes || England crushes Australia in second test
England completed a crushing 347-run victory over Australia with a day to spare in the second Ashes test on Sunday, to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
LONDON − England completed a crushing 347-run victory over Australia with a day to spare in the second Ashes test on Sunday, to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Set 583 runs to level the series, Australia succumbed for 235 in their second innings, with four balls remaining on the fourth day.
England off-spinner Graeme Swann, again the pick of the bowlers, secured the victory when he dismissed James Pattinson lbw for 35 after a battling last wicket stand with Ryan Harris (16 not out).
Swann finished with four for 78 and match figures of nine for 122.
Captain Michael Clarke ((51 and Usman Khawaja ((54 put on 98 for the fourth wicket, to give their team a glimmer of hope of at least surviving until the final day.
But Joe Root, who missed the opportunity of becoming only the second Englishman to score a double hundred in an Ashes test at Lord’s when he was caught for 180, dismissed them both in consecutive overs with his occasional off-spin.
Clarke and Khawaja batted throughout most of the afternoon session before Clarke flicked an innocuous Root delivery straight to England captain Alastair Cook at leg-slip.
Khawaja followed in Root’s next over when a ball spun sharply away from the left-hander out of the rough, caught the edge of the bat and carried to James Anderson at second slip.
The Australian tail hung around, helped by dropped catches from Root and Anderson, before Swann wrapped up the match.
In the morning session, Cook declared his team’s second innings closed on 349 for seven after Root had added only two to his overnight score.
The young Yorkshireman tried an ambitious scoop shot over his head off Ryan Harris, but the ball looped to Smith at third man.
Shane Watson made his customary bright start with 20 from 23 balls when Australia batted again, before making his customary early exit.
The burly Australian opener planted his left leg straight down the pitch to Anderson and was given out lbw for the second time in the match.
Cook introduced Swann for the 10th over and the spinner responded by knocking back Chris Rogers’ off-stump with his fifth ball. Swann struck again with a similar delivery which hit another of Australia’s left-handers, Phillip Hughes (1), on the back pad.