England Hand Australia Innings Defeat

England Hand Australia Innings Defeat
England Hand Australia Innings Defeat
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England 620-6 dec. (Pietersen 227) beat
Australia 245 & 304 by an inns. & 71 runs
Second Ashes Test, Adelaide

England dismissed Australia for 304 in their second innings to wrap up a convincing innings-and-71-run victory on the final day of the second Ashes Test match in Adelaide.

The threat of rain never materialised - at least not until the match had finished - and Australia were well beaten as off-spinner Graeme Swann picked up five for 91 to hand England a 1-0 series lead with three matches remaining.

Australia had resumed the day on 238 for four having seen England pile up 620 for six declared in reply to their first-innings effort of 245.

Michael Hussey - the only Australian to have consistently posed problems for the English bowlers in the series - made 52 before he was the first man to fall, caught by James Anderson off Steven Finn.

Australia then collapsed from 286 for five to 304 all out as Brad Haddin (12), Ryan Harris (0), Marcus North (22), Xavier Doherty (5) and Peter Siddle (6) all departed within the space of ten overs of each other.

Haddin was caught by Matthew Prior off Anderson, which was immediately followed by Harris collecing a king pair when he was trapped in front by the same bowler.

Swann then finished off proceedings, bagging his 10th five-wicket haul in Tests by trapping North in front and then bowling both Doherty and Siddle.

The innings defeat for Australia was their first at home since 1993 and England lead a series in Australia for the first time in 24 years - since the 1986/7 series, which they went on to win.

The opening Test in Brisbane was drawn and the third game in the five-match series begins in Perth on 16th December.

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