Monday 27 December 2010 

Trott, Pietersen And Prior Build England Huge Lead

Trott, Pietersen And Prior Build England Huge Lead
Trott, Pietersen And Prior Build England Huge Lead
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Australia 98 (Tremlett 4-26, Anderson 4-44) v
England 444-5 (Trott 141no, Cook 82)
Fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne, day two

England's total domination of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne continued as they closed day two of the match on 444 for five, extending their lead over Australia to 346 runs.

Jonathan Trott scored an unbeaten century and with both Kevin Pietersen and Matthew Prior also contributing half-centuries, England showed no sign of releasing their stranglehold on the game.

They made a poor start to the day, however, as Alastair Cook added just two runs to his overnight score of 80 before he was caught by Shane Watson off Peter Siddle and the same bowler struck again soon after to remove Andrew Strauss (69) when the England captain was caught by Michael Hussey.

Trott and Pietersen then added 92 runs for the third wicket with Pietersen hitting 51 in 89 balls before he became Siddle's third wicket, leg before wicket.

Mitchell Johnson then had both Paul Collingwood (8) and Ian Bell (1) caught by Siddle as England lost three wickets for 24 runs before Trott and Prior came together.

Australia's fightback was foiled with Trott making his way to 141 not out in 278 deliveries, having hit 13 fours, and Prior making 75 not out in 105 balls with ten fours.

He had been given an early reprieve, when, having made five and been caught in the slips off Johnson, was called back as umpire Aleem Dar had the decision reviewed, which showed a no ball had been delivered.

Siddle finished the day with figures of three for 58 while Johnson picked up two for 103.

England began the day already comfortably ahead after they dismissed Australia for 98 and then raced to 157 without loss in reply.

The five-match series is level at 1-1 following a draw in Brisbane, an innings win for England in Adelaide and a 267-run win for Australia in Perth.

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