Australia Take Control On Day Two
Australia took control of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane by dismissing England for 136 and by stumps had moved into a 224-run lead.
Although they fell short of 300 by just five runs after Brad Haddin was out for 94, they still managed to claim a first-innings lead as Mitchell Johnson, with four for 61, and Ryan Harris, with three for 28, tore through England's batting.
Ashes debutant Michael Carberry top scored with 40 in 113 balls and Stuart Broad, who ended Australia's innings with six for 81, made 32, but otherwise it was a day to forget for England's batsmen, further compounded when Australia's openers closed on 65 without loss.
Kevin Pietersen made just 18 on the occasion of his 100th Test and England's horrible run of low scores in the first innings of an away Test series continued.
They have not passed 200 in the last five such innings.
On this occasion, they collapsed dramatically from 82 for two to 91 for eight, losing six wickets for nine runs in a horrible 9.3 over period for the tourists.
It started when Pietersen flicked Harris to George Bailey at midwicket and Carberry, after being stuck on 40 for 35 minutes, edged Johnson to Shane Watson behind the stumps; Australia having adopted a plan of bowling short to the left-hander which eventually worked.
Ian Bell (5) then fended one that turned and bounced from Nathan Lyon into the hands of Steven Smith and following him back in quick succession was Matthew Prior (0) in almost identical fashion, although this time after Australia had reviewed the initial not out decision.
Plenty of boos welcomed Broad to the crease and he was able to see off the hat-trick ball, which was sent down far too wide to be of any threat.
A loose drive from Joe Root came next and he edged Johnson to Smith in the slip cordon for two, and two runs later, the collapse of six for nine was complete when Graeme Swann was caught at short leg by Chris Rogers as Johnson took his fourth wicket and England limped to tea at 94 for eight.
After the break Broad and Chris Tremlett (8) stood up tall, took some blows before Tremlett flicked Harris to leg gulley where Lyon took a good catch and Broad counter attacked.
He hit three fours, the most emphatic coming from a pull off Peter Siddle but as he tried to repeat the shot, he got under it and was caught by Rogers in the deep.
Off-spinner Lyon took two for 17 and Peter Siddle one for 24 and at stumps, Rogers was unbeaten on 15 and David Warner had made 45 in 55 balls by taking the game to England.
Warner crunched Anderson through the covers as he made the sort of start to his innings that wouldn't have looked out of place in a Twenty20 game and had only slowed slightly by the time he lofted Swann over the covers to bring up Australia's half-century.
The typically disciplined Rogers cut powerfully to the boundary and drove smartly and with the pair running well between the wickets, they finished the day for Australia in the perfect fashion.
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