Ashes 2009: Bowler's Day Puts England In The Clear
England 332 (Bell 72) & 58-3 (Johnson 2-12) v
Australia 160 (Katich 50, Broad 5-37, Swann 4-38)
Fifth Ashes Test, The Oval, day two
Bowlers prospered on a remarkable second day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval and the 15 wickets that fell left England 230 runs clear of Australia with seven second-innings wickets in hand and three full days remaining.
Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann took advantage of a rapidly wearing pitch to bowl Australia out for 160 after they had been bowled out for 332 although three quick wickets when England batted again kept Australia's victory chances alive.
The day started with Australia needing just 25 minutes to remove James Anderson, trapped in front by Ben Hilfenhaus for a duck for the first time in his Test career and then Broad, caught by Ricky Ponting driving the same bowler for 37, the Tasmanian finishing with three for 71 to Peter Siddle's four for 75.
When Australian openers Shane Watson (34) and Simon Katich (50) were putting 73 for the first wicket, Australia were sitting pretty before Broad turned the match.
He struck with his sixth, 12th, 21st and 27th deliveries to dismiss Watson, trapped in front, Ponting, played on for eight, Mike Hussey, trapped in front for a duck and then MIchael Clarke, well caught at short cover by Trott for three.
Swann then weighed in the wickets of Katich and North - both men inside-edging onto their pads - no complaints for Katich, who was caught by Alastair Cook but North could only smile as he was given out leg before.
Broad collected his thrid five-wicket haul in Tests when he bowled Brad Haddin (1) with an outswinger that the wicket-keeper played all round and Swann finished with four for 38 by having Mitchell Johnson well caught by wicket-keeper Matthew Prior for 11, and Stuart Clark, ridiculously given out caught at short leg by Cook as the ball passed his bat and flicked off his pad.
Andrew Flnitoff, who would love to celebrate his final Test with another Ashes victory, got in on the act by yorking Hilfenhaus (6) to end the innings - Peter Siddle was left unbeaten on 26 having seen Australia lose their last nine wickets for 87 runs.
The wickets continued to tumble when England batted, Alastair Cook (9), Ian Bell (4) and Paul Collingwood (1) failing to make their final Ashes innings of the summer telling ones.
Bell and Collingwood were well caught at short leg by Katich off of Johnson while Cook never settled before edging North to Clarke at slip.
England went on to close on 58 for three, 230 runs to the good thanks to the calmness of Andrew Strauss (32 not out) and Jonathan Trott (8 not out).
The series is level at 1-1 and while Australia would retain the Ashes with a draw, a result which already lokks highly unlikely, England have to win to regain them.
© Cricket World 2009