Oz in tatters
Swann scalps five; Australia concede 265 runs lead London (AFP): Graeme Swann starred with both bat and ball as Australia's latest top-order...
Swann scalps five; Australia concede 265 runs lead London (AFP): Graeme Swann starred with both bat and ball as Australia's latest top-order collapse left England in control of the second Test at Lord's. At tea on Friday's, second day, Australia were 96 for seven in reply to England's first innings 361 -- a deficit of 265 runs and still needing a further 66 to avoid the follow-on. Off-spinner Swann, who earlier in the day had smashed Australia for a quickfire 28 not out batting at No 11, had tea figures of three wickets for 27 runs in 15 overs. Brad Haddin, whose 73 so nearly denied England a 14-run first Test win at Trent Bridge, was two not out, with Peter Siddle unbeaten on nought, as he faced another rescue mission. Tim Bresnan took two wickets for nine runs to spark an initial collapse that saw Australia's 42 without loss transformed into 53 for three early in the second session. Shane Watson, in the story of a Test-batting career that has yielded just two hundreds, looked good making 30. But, playing across his front pad, the opener was lbw to Bresnan, recalled after England dropped Steven Finn. Poor reviews cost Australia dear at Trent Bridge. But Watson still asked for a referral only for New Zealand's Tony Hill to confirm Sri Lankan on-field colleague Kumar Dharmasena's original decision. Soon after lunch Chris Rogers was lbw in bizarre fashion. The left-hander, missed a pull at a Swann full toss, after the ball appeared to slip out of the bowler's hand, and was 'boxed'. South African umpire Marais Erasmus gave Rogers out lbw for 15 on the left-hander's Middlesex home ground. Rogers opted against seeking a review, although replays later indicated the ball would have missed leg stump. Phil Hughes fell next, out for one when he nicked a wide delivery from Bresnan to wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Brief Scores (At Tea): England 361 (I Bell 109, J Trott 58, J Bairstow 64, Harris 5/72, Smith 3/18) vs Australia 128 all out( S Watson 30, M Clarke 28, G Swann 5/44, T Bresnan 2/28)
25 Jan 2020 11:32 AM GMT