Fiery Australia dominate England at Lord's to level series
Australia 566-8 dec & 254-2 dec (Warner 83) beat
England 312 & 103 (Broad 25) by 405 runs
Second Test, Lord's, day four
Mitchell Johnson revoked old form and memories as Australia demolished England bowling them out in 37 overs after setting them a massive target of 509 in the fourth innings, eventually winning the second Test at Lord’s by 405 runs to level the series 1-1.
England resumed the day 108 for no loss after 26 overs. It turned out to be a bizarre start when Chris Rogers (49 retired hurt) felt dizzy and then walked out.
Steven Smith (58) played attacking cricket to complement David Warner (83) who missed out on a century clubbing one to extra cover off Moeen Ali (2-78).
Australia were 180 for one after the first hour thanks to some aggressive stroke-making from Smith.
Smith raced away to his fifty to go with his double hundred in the first innings, in just 43 balls, smacking three consecutive fours off Stuart Broad (0-42) in the 42nd over to take Australia to 208 for one.
Ali pegged Smith’s off stump back the next over though. Mitchell Marsh (27 not out) smacked couple of massive sixes before Michael Clarke (32 not out) decided they had enough to declare on 254 for two after 49 overs with the overall lead extended to 509, just a few minutes before lunch.
England went into lunch at seven for no loss after three overs.
However, it was disaster for them in the post-lunch session. Mitchell Starc (1-16) removed Adam Lyth (7) straightaway with a length ball that he edged to the wicket-keeper.
Johnson (3-27) got Alastair Cook (11) with a short and wide delivery that the latter slashed at, edging it to the wicket-keeper.
Marsh (1-8) contributed with a shorter delivery that reared up to get the edge from Gary Ballance (14).
Ian Bell (11) had a stroke of luck when Adam Voges dropped him at first slip. However, Bell couldn’t make use of it as he offered an easy bat-pad catch off Nathan Lyon’s (2-27) bowling.
The next over, Ben Stokes (0) was run out in a weird fashion as Johnson pulled out a stunning direct hit from mid-on.
Stokes was well in but didn’t ground his bat, worried more about avoiding the ball.
Jos Buttler (11) hit couple of fours the same over to take England to 60 for five after 27 overs. England went into tea at 64 for five after 28 overs.
Johnson produced a stunning over as soon as play resumed in the post-tea session.
He got Buttler out first ball with an edge to the keeper and then a few balls later, he got Ali (0) with a snorter of a short delivery that got him into a tangle, as he lobbed a simple catch to short leg.
Broad (25) made merry with four fours and a six before Lyon got him with a tossed up delivery that was hit to cover. Josh Hazlewood (2-20) breached Joe Root’s (17) defence the next over.
England were eventually wrapped up very quickly, all out for just 103 in 37 overs.
Australia’s bowling fired from all cylinders aided generously by some miserable and irresponsible batting from England.
Johnson breathed fire and was the pick of the bowlers while every bowler chipped in with a wicket or two.
Australia won their first game at Lord’s since 2005 by a massive 405 runs, levelling the series 1-1.
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