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Johnson takes 7 wickets to rattle England again, Australia 530 ahead

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The raw pace of Australian quick Mitchell Johnson proved too much for England to handle for the second test match in a row as Australia took a giant leap towards regaining the Ashes by decimating England in their first innings in Adelaide. Figures of 7-40 from Johnson tell the tale of another England batting collapse with only three men making their way into double figures as England capitulated for 172, conceding a first innings lead of nearly 400 runs.

Australia chose not to impose the follow on, presumably because they had already got a lot of mileage out of their fast bowlers at a warm Adelaide Oval, and hoped to be even quicker in their dissection of England in the second innings when the pitch should deteriorate a tad more. The hosts hence came out to bat 398 runs to the good already and pushed that advantage to 530 with David Warner smashing his way to an unbeaten half century.


Resuming from their overnight score of 35-1 there was little indication of the carnage that was going to follow over the course of the day as Michael Carberry (60) and Joe Root (15) continued from where they left off last night. Root made 15 before he was snared by Nathan Lyon in the 9th over of the day. The ever reliable Peter Siddle removed Kevin Pietersen for 4 a few overs later and England took drinks in a spot of bother at 66-3.

England made some useful headway after the break with Carberry joined in the middle by Ian Bell. The duo counter-attacked, adding 45 runs in 7 odd overs before Australia tightened their grip on proceedings and threw down 4 maidens in a row. Carberry got excited by a short ball from Shane Watson and smashed it down to square leg where David Warner completely a stunning one handed catch.

Carberry's dismissal resulted in the unleashing of Johnson and the fast bowler cleaned up the rest of the batting order on his own, refusing to allow anyone else from getting into double figures. Ian Bell waged a lone war out in the middle, making an unbeaten 72 before he ran out of partners.

Australia came out to bat a second time and soon found themselves in a bit of trouble with James Anderson removing Chris Rogers (2) and Shane Watson (0) in just the third over. At 4-2, there was hope for England, but David Warner produced a typical innings to dent the morale of the English bowlers, and though he lost his skipper Michael Clarke for 22 (bowled by Panesar), the little left-hander plundered runs to reach 83 from just 117 balls by the close of play. Steve Smith showcased his usual promise, reaching 22 as the day ended with Australia firmly on top at 132-3.

Australia will probably look to bat for somewhere between an hour and a session tomorrow before they give themselves at least 5 sessions to bowl England out and take a 2-0 lead in this 5 test Ashes series.


Australia: Rogers, Warner, Watson, Clarke (c), Smith, Bailey, Haddin, Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Lyon.

England: Cook (c), Carberry, Root, Pietersen, Bell, Prior, Stokes, Broad, Swann, Panesar, Anderson.

Mini Scorecard:

Australia 1st Innings 570/9 declared (158 overs, 3.6rpo)

M Clarke 148 (245) S Broad 3-98 (30)

B Haddin 118 (177) B Stokes 2-70 (18)

England 1st Innings 172 all out (21 overs, 1.66rpo)

M Carberry 60 (144) M Johnson 7-40 (17.2)

I Bell 72* (106) S Watson 1-0 (3)

Australia 2nd Innings 132-3 (39 overs, 3.38rpo)

D Warner 83* (117) J Anderson 2-19 (7)