Ashes 2009: Flintoff Seals Historic Win For England
England 425 (Strauss 161) & 311-6 declared (Prior 61) beat
Australia 215 (Hussey 51) & 406 (Clarke 136, Flintoff 5-92) by 115 runs
Second Ashes Test, Lord's, day five
By Peter Exley
It took less than a session for England to complete their first victory over Australia at Lord’s for 75 years as they won the second Test by 115 runs, Andrew Flintoff and Graeme Swann sharing the five wickets to fall on the final morning.
Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke had given Australia a brief glimmer of hope on day four of the second Ashes Test, but it took less than a session for England to complete their first victory over Australia at Lord’s for 75 years as they won by 115 runs.
It was in the second over that England struck first, with Andrew Flintoff inducing an edge from Brad Haddin to Paul Collingwood at slip. With Haddin’s (80) wicket it may have signalled the end of any hopes of winning the match Australia had.
All dreams of an unlikely win were definitely lost when Michael Clarke, the hero of yesterday, came down the wicket to miss a looping delivery from Graeme Swann and was bowled for 136.
Nathan Hauritz (1) was next to go, leaving a hooping inswinger from Flintoff, only to lose his off stump, a fate suffered by Peter Siddle as well, who was completely beaten for pace by a rampant Flintoff. The morning did belong to Flintoff who recorded his first five wicket haul at Lord’s, and only the third of his career.
It was a fitting end to the match after Flintoff announced his retirement from Test cricket before the match. England will be praying that he will be able to play a full part in the rest of the series after rumours have arisen as to his fitness during this match.
Away from the injury worries, England can now celebrate going 1-0 up in an Ashes series for the first time since 1997 and now have a break of 10 days to revel in the glory of beating the Australians once again.
© Cricket World 2009