Ashes 2009: Anderson Leaves Australia Reeling

Ashes 2009: Anderson Leaves Australia Reeling
Ashes 2009: Early Strikes For England
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England 425 (Strauss 161, Cook 95, Hilfenhaus 4-103) v
Australia 156-8 (Hussey 51, Anderson 4-36)
Second Test, Lord's, day two: stumps

By Peter Exley

James Anderson impressed with the bat to haul England up to 425 before taking four wickets to leave Australia in trouble on 156 for eight in their first innings at stumps on day two of the second Test at Lord's.

England went into day two with their sights set on a big first innings, however they got off to the worst possible start, losing Andrew Strauss (161) from the second ball of the day.

Ben Hilfenhaus bowled a full swinging delivery that Struass left, however it was too close to the stumps and cannoned into the off stump, the England captain failing to add to his overnight score.

Graeme Swann (4) was next to perish as he may have had memories of Peter Siddle’s onslaught to him at Cardiff, and he fended off a back of length delivery to Ricky Ponting at slip from the bowling of his nemesis Siddle. Hilfenhaus then recorded his best figures in Test cricket taking his fourth wicket, Stuart Broad (16) playing on to another full swinging ball.

There was a wicket apiece in each of the first three overs of the day, but James Anderson and Graham Onions stopped the fall briefly with a number of impressive boundaries to push England over 400. However when Mitchell Johnson decided to come round the wicket to Anderson, it didn’t take long for him to fend off to the gully and become England’s last wicket. The home team were all out for 425, a score that they would have wanted to surpass if they were to take immediate control of the match.

England needed early wickets if they were to keep the heads in front, and they did just that. Phil Hughes was strangled out after gloving a leg side bouncer behind to Matt Prior from Anderson and he also claimed the vital wicket of Ricky Ponting soon after. The Aussie captain can count himself unlucky though, after a suspected inside edge onto his pads carried to Strauss at slip. England were appealing for both the LBW and catch but umpire Rudi Koertzen raised his finger to Ponting’s surprise to signal the catch was the decision. Replays later showed that there was no indication of an edge, but the bat striking his boot.

Australia went to lunch on 22 for two with Katich eight not out and Michael Hussey 4 not out, but that was not before Andrew Flintoff was able to terrorise both batsmen with a succession of lightning quick deliveries.

Rain stunted the afternoon session with two short breaks, however Australia were able to go to tea at 87 for two. Simon Katich and Michael Hussey set about rebuilding the innings after the two early losses and they put on 98 for the third wicket before an Australian collapse began after tea.

Katich (48) pulled Graham Onions to Stuart Broad for a good catch at long leg before both Hussey, who made a fluent 51, and Michael Clarke, who made just one, fell with the score on 111 with three wickets falling for just eight runs.

Hussey left a delivery from Flintoff that nipped back and clipped his off stump and Clarke flicked Anderson to Alastair Cook at short midwicket, one of three catches for the Essex man. the next coming in the deep when Mitchell Johnson (4) and Brad Haddin (24) both miscued pull shots off of Broad.

The other man to mess up a horizontal shot was Marcus North, who dragged an inspired Anderson onto his stumps for a 14-ball duck that saw Anderson finish the day with four for 36 to complete one of his better days in Test cricket. Three more such days would go down very nicely in the England camp.

© Cricket World 2009