Australia 249-8 (Ferguson 55, Johnson 43no, Wright 2-52) beat
England 210 (Collingwood 56, Lee 2-22, Watson 2-26) by 39 runs
Second One-Day International, Lord's
Callum Ferguson scored his second half-century in as many games to help set up a 39-run win for Australia over England in the second One-Day International at Lord's.
England were asked to chase 250 to level the seven-match series, but just as they had done at The Oval on Friday, they came up short, bowled out for 210 in 46.1 overs.
Having invited Australia to bat, England had a decent time of things in the field but another fine knock from Callum Ferguson and useful contributions before and after him enabled Australia to post a competitive score of 249 for eight.
The decision to bowl first, and to leave out Adil Rashid in favour of Eoin Morgan, were understandable given overcast conditions but Australia were quickly out of the blocks, Shane Watson (34) and Tim Paine (26) sharing a stand worth 62 for the first wicket before Watson was smartly held by Luke Wright as Tim Bresnan got the first breakthrough.
Wright then struck with the ball to dismiss Paine and Michael Clarke (4) but he would travel later on, finishing with two for 52 from ten overs.
Cameron White played another solid innings, making 42 and combining well with Ferguson, who stroked 55 in 58 balls with five boundaries before he was bowled by James Anderson four balls into the batting Power Play.
Mike Hussey (8) and James Hopes (11) fell cheaply but the Power Play was not wasted thanks to some bold hitting from Mitchell Johnson, who finished unbeaten on 43 from 23 deliveries - a career-best for him and although Brett Lee failed to score, Nathan Hauritz chipped in with ten not out to set England a testing target.
Graeme Swann, charged with the spin duties in the absence of Rashid, did not disappoint, taking two for 31 with the wickets of Hussey and Hopes.
England's other change was Bresnan replacing Stuart Broad, who has a neck strain while Australia went in with an unchanged side.
England made a slow and steady start to their batting - Strauss the steady one, Ravi Bopara the slow one, although he sped up later in his innings to make 27 in 44 balls before being trapped in front by Watson.
Strauss contributed 47 but was dismayed to offer a return catch to Nathan Hauritz which left England in trouble at 85 for three after Matthew Prior had also been dismissed for just one.
Owais Shah, always a good bet for a run out, obliged having made 12 and with Morgan (14), Wright (20) and Bresnan (5) not giving Paul Collingwood the sort of support he needed, the game rapidly swung in Australia's favour.
Lee, Hauritz, Watson and Johnson all returned two wickets and such was England's disorientation that they only took the final Power Play when Collingwood, who was the last man to fall for 56, was joined by James Anderson.
The former captain hit three fours in 84 balls but despite picking Morgan as an extra batsman, England found themselves even further short than they were at The Oval.
Only when the game entered the final 15 overs or so did the required run rate for England jump above six an over - the runs were never really a problem but losing wickets is a surefire way to lose any match of cricket and as Australia kept dismissing batsmen, it was they who were able to move into a 2-0 series lead with ample time to spare.
England must now regroup ahead of the third match at The Rose Bowl on Wednesday and they will hope to have both Joe Denly and Broad back fit as they look to hit back following a disappointing start to the series.
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