England need 129 to win

Nottingham, August 28:

Steve Harmison claimed three wickets and Matthew Hoggard took two and Australia was bowled out for 387, setting England 129 runs to win the fourth Test and take a 2-1 lead in the five-match Ashes series. Hoggard took key wickets on either side of lunch to change the complexion of Australia’s second innings, having Michael Clarke (56) caught behind two overs before the interval and Adam Gilchrist (11) trapped lbw with a ball that swung into the left-hander’s pads. Harmison then removed Simon Katich (59), who had anchored the Australian innings for almost 4 1/2 hours, had Michael Kasprowicz (19) caught behind and bowled rookie Shaun Tait (4), who walked around a full-pitch ball and lost his middle stump. Brett Lee remained unbeaten on 26, although he had two reprieves before he had scored. There were a further 41 overs scheduled on Sunday and three sessions on Monday for England to score the runs.

Before Hoggard started his unchanged 12-over spell, the Australians were content to slowly nudge the total forward. Katich compiled his 59 from 183 balls before umpire Aleem Dar deemed that he was out lbw to a Harmison ball that pitched outside the line of leg stump and hit him high on the pad. He had shared a 100-run stand with Clarke to move Australia from 161-4 to 261-5, ensuring England would have to bat again. The fifth-wicket pair took 25.1 overs — after Australia resumed at 222-4 on the fourth day — to score the 37 runs needed to erase England’s first-innings lead. England amassed 477 after winning the toss and electing to bat, then bowled Australia out for 218. Michael Vaughan became the first English captain to enforce a follow-on in an Ashes series since November 1986. The Australians added 48 runs for one wicket in 29 overs before lunch and lost five wickets for 117 in the middle session.

Lee, who top scored with 47 in the first innings, had escaped a dropped catch and missed stumping from Geraint Jones before he had scored. But the underfire wicketkeeper made amends, producing his first stumping of the series to end Shane Warne’s latest cameo with the bat. Warne clouted two sixes and five boundaries, scoring 45 from 42 balls, before he stepped down the pitch and missed against Giles, leaving Australia at 342-8. Lee and Kasprowicz added 31 for the ninth wicket, Kevin Pietersen helping them extend that stand by one when he dropped his sixth catch of the series — a difficult chance from Kasprowicz off Andrew Flintoff at mid-wicket.