England creates history at Lords

Published: Monday, July 20, 2009, 17:19 [IST]
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England creates history at Lords

London: Andrew Flintoff claimed a five-for 92 as England romped to a 115-run win over the Aussies in the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Monday.


Australia, set a record 522 to win, were bowled out for 406 on the fifth and final day with fast bowling all-rounder Flintoff taking five wickets for 92 runs and off-spinner Swann four for 87.

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The emphatic victory, England's first Ashes win at Lord's since 1934, puts them 1-0 ahead in the five-Test series with three matches remaining in the series.

Australia resumed on 313-5 requiring a further 209 runs to pull off the highest run chase in Test history.

Flintoff provided the perfect start to England's Ashes victory quest at Lord's as they dismissed both overnight batsmen inside the opening hour of the final day.

All-rounder Flintoff, charging in from the pavilion end, enticed an edge from Brad Haddin with just his fourth delivery of the morning to terminate the 185-run stand.

Then, on the stroke of drinks, Michael Clarke ran down the pitch to Graeme Swann with disastrous consequences as the ball snuck past him to hit off-stump.

Swann's strike with just his second delivery of the day left Australia 356 for seven, still requiring 166 runs to seal an improbable win themselves.

Mitchell Johnson (63) played an aggressive innings but didn't have the necessary support and was the last man to go, bowled by spinner Graeme Swann (4-87).

Freddie Flintoff was declared  the Man of the Match for his  fiery spell of 5/92 in his last Lord's Test.

The third Test of the Ashes series starts at Edgbaston on July 30.


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