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England clinch the second Test with a crushing 347-run defeat over hapless Australia, lead Ashes 2-0

London: England thrashed Australia by 347 runs to win the second Ashes Test at Lord’s today with more than a day to spare. The Victory saw Ashes-holders England go 2-0 up in the five-match series. Only once in Ashes history have a side come from 2-0 down to win a series when Australia, inspired by Don Bradman, cricket’s greatest batsman, triumphed 3-2 on home soil in 1936/37.

21C4-CRICKET1-300x226Australia, set a mammoth 583 to win, were bowled out for 235 on the fourth day after Joe Root, who earlier made 180 in England’s second innings 349 for seven declared, sparked a collapse with his occasional off-spin. It looked as if Australia’s last-wicket duo might see out the day, with England claiming the extra half hour.

There were just three balls left in the day’s play when off-spinner Graeme Swann, who took five for 44 in Australia’s meagre first innings 128, ended James Pattinson’s two hours of resistance by having him lbw for 35.     Swann finished with innings figures of four for 78 for a match haul of nine for 122. Last man Ryan Harris was 16 not out after defying England for more than an hour.

No side has ever made more to win in a fourth innings of a Test than West Indies’ 418 for seven against Australia at St John’s in 2002/03. The third Test at Old Trafford starts on August 1.

Earlier Joe Root captured two wickets, including the prize scalp of Australia captain Michael Clarke, after making a dominating 180.

Australia were 136 for six at tea, still needing a further 447 runs to reach their colossal victory target of 583. No side has made more to win in the fourth innings of a Test than the West Indies’ 418 for seven against Australia at St John’s in 2002/03.

It seemed Australia might at least deny Ashes-holders England a wicket in Sunday’s second session. But shortly before tea, part-time off-spinner Root struck twice, with Yorkshire colleague Tim Bresnan also on target, as Australia lost three wickets for two runs in 23 deliveries.

Root removed both Clarke (51) and Usman Khawaja (54) for tea figures of two for eight in four overs. The 22-year-old, bowling from around the wicket, spun one outside Clarke’s pads with the star batsman obligingly turning the ball to opposing captain Alastair Cook, who had just stationed himself at leg slip.

Clarke, missed on two, was out for 51, featuring seven fours, after putting on 98 for the fourth wicket with Khawaja, who shortly afterwards could do nothing but nick a sharply spun delivery to James Anderson at second slip.

Then seamer Bresnan had Steven Smith, off a thin inside edge, well held by diving wicketkeeper Matt Prior for one off what became the last ball before tea to leave Brad Haddin nought not out at the interval as a now sun-drenched capacity crowd caught their breath. Smith challenged the verdict but, in Australia’s latest unsuccessful brush with the Decision Review System (DRS), he was given out again. England now needed just four more wickets to go 2-0 up in this five-match series following their 14-run win at Trent Bridge last week.

No side has come from 2-0 down to win an Ashes series since a Don Bradman inspired Australia did just that to triumph 3-2 on home soil in 1936/37.

Australia, shot out for just 128 in their first innings, were only able to resist England for fewer than seven overs Sunday before Shane Watson was lbw to Anderson for 20 to add the all-rounder’s numerous collection of leg-before exits in Test cricket. And 24 for one soon became 36 for three.

 Off-spinner Graeme Swann, who took five wickets in Australia’s first innings, struck fifth ball on Sunday when left-hander Chris Rogers played no shot to a delivery that didn’t turn but carried on straight to hit his off stump. Swann then had Phil Hughes lbw for one. Not for the first time, Clarke came in with Australia in dire straits.

Eng 1st Inn: 361

Aus 1st Inn: 128

Eng 2nd Inn: 349/7 decl

Aus 2nd inn
S Watson lbw b Anderson………….20
C Rogers b Swann………………………6
U Khawaja c Anderson b Root…….54
P Hughes lbw b Swann……………….1
M Clarke c Cook b Root………………51
S Smith c Prior b Bresnan…………….1
B Haddin lbw b Swann………………..7
A Agar c Prior b Bresnan……………16
P Siddle b Anderson………………….18
J Pattinson not out……………………33
R Harris not out………………………..10
Extras: (b4, lb4, w1)………………….9
Total: (For 9 wkts in 83.2 ovrs)..226
Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-32, 3-36, 4-134, 5-135, 6-136, 7-154, 8-162, 9-192
Bowling: Anderson 18-2-55-2, Broad 17.2-3-46-0, Swann 29-4-78-3, Bresnan 12-6-30-2, Root 7-3-9-2.

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