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Australia storm 311 clear in Sydney Test as England's batsmen fail again

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Australia are 140-4 in their second innings and leading by 311 runs in the match after a dramatic second day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.

Resuming on 8-1, England was immediately on the back-foot as Australia’s pacemen tore through their top order as the tourists quickly slipped to 23-5. Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris took two wickets each and Peter Siddle picked up one in an explosive opening session which dismantled the English top order. Some resistance followed from Ben Stokes (47), Stuart Broad (30) and Jonny Bairstow (18) before England was eventually dismissed for 155 on the stroke of tea, giving Australia a 171-run first innings lead as Siddle, Harris and Johnson all finished with three wickets each.

 

In the last session, Australia put on 140 runs for the loss of David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith, with the last three of that quartet caught behind the wicket, playing at deliveries they could have left well alone. Warner struck three boundaries before being trapped plumb leg before by a James Anderson delivery that was too quick for him.

Australia had the patient Chris Rogers to thank once again, as he lead the way with an unbeaten 73, while George Bailey was also not out on 20 at the close of play. Many would believe that Australia already have enough on the board to sweep this series, but chances are they will continue to bat on for as long as they can with 3 full days left in the game.

Teams:

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

England: Cook (c), Carberry, Pietersen, Bell, Ballance, Stokes, Bairstow, Brothwick, Broad, Anderson, Rankin.

Mini Scorecard:

Australia 1st Innings 326 all out (76 overs, 4.29 rpo)

SPD Smith 115(154) B Stokes 6-99 (19.5)

B Haddin 75(90)    S Broad 2-65 (19.5)

England 1st Innings 155 all out (58.5overs, 2.60 rpo)

B Stokes 47(101) Siddle 3-23 (13)

S Broad 30*(22) M Johnson 3-33 (13.5)

Australia 2nd Innings 140/4 (30overs, 4.67 rpo)

Rogers 73*(89) J Anderson 2-36 (10)