Australia register thumping victory
LONDON, July 19
Mitchell Johnson led Australia's attack as they thrashed England by 405 runs to win the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Sunday to level the five-match series at 1-1.
England, set what would have been a new fourth-innings record of 509 for victory, collapsed to 103 all out after tea on the fourth day. Johnson took 3-27 as England were dismissed in a mere 37 overs. It was only the ninth time in the 138-year history of Test cricket a side had won by more than 400 runs.
This was also Australia's third highest margin of victory over England in terms of runs following wins by 562 runs at The Oval in 1934 and 409 runs at Lord's in 1948 in teams which boasted batting great Don Bradman. After Australia declared their second innings on 254-2, it meant England had to top the highest fourth innings total to win a Test — the West Indies' 418-7 against Australia at St John's in 2002/03. The more realistic if still difficult task for England, 1-0 ahead in the five-match series after their 169-run win in the first Test in Cardiff, was to bat out the remaining 155 overs left in the match to secure a draw.
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But just seeing out Sunday's play proved far beyond England as for the third straight series, they were unable to win two Tests in a row. Opener Adam Lyth, out for a duck in the first innings, could only manage seven on Sunday before pushing at a lifting ball from Mitchell Starc he was caught behind by wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.
Cook, who batted for nearly six hours during his 96 in the first innings, had the temperament required for the situation. But his technique deserted him when he tried to cut Johnson's fourth ball of the innings without moving his feet and was caught behind for 11. Mitchell Marsh struck first ball on Sunday when he had the struggling Gary Ballance caught behind.
Ian Bell could have been out twice before, on 11, he gave a bat pad catch to substitute Shaun Marsh at short leg off spinner Nathan Lyon. England were now in dire straits at 48-4. The last thing England needed on Sunday was a run out but that is what they got when Ben Stokes, who made 87 in the first innings, fell for nought when he failed to beat Johnson's powerful throw from mid-wicket.
England, 64-5 at tea, lost their sixth wicket to the first ball after the break when Jos Buttler was caught behind off Johnson. They were 64-7 when Moeen Ali fell for a duck when he fended a lifting Johnson ball to short leg. Stuart Broad top scored with 25 before falling to Lyon and the match ended when Josh Hazlewood ripped through James Anderson's defence to bowl last man for a duck.