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England staring defeat in the fourth Test

Published: Sunday, August 9, 2009, 12:14 [IST]
 
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England staring defeat in the 4th Test

Leeds: Australia inflicted a dramatic England collapse for the second time in the match as they eyed a fourth Test win inside three days at Headingley.

England, at stumps on the second day were 82 for five, still needing a further 261 runs to make Australia bat again after Marcus North's 110 had been the centre-piece of the visitors' 445 all out.

England Vs Australia: 4th Test - Scorecard

In England's meagre first innings 102 their numbers three, four and five had managed nine runs between them.

But on Saturday the trio of Ravi Bopara, Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood contributed an even worse seven runs in total, once more justifying Australia captain Ricky Ponting's assertion they were a weak link in the England team.

Ben Hilfenhaus struck twice in two balls to spark the latest decline, when with England 58 without loss, he had captain Andrew Strauss lbw.

Bopara fell the same way next ball for a golden duck, a dismissal that left him with a mere 100 runs this series at an average of 15 and one that could leaver him facing disciplinary action after he showed dissent at Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf's decision.

Bell survived the hat-trick but exited soon afterwards for three when he edged Mitchell Johnson to Ponting at second slip.

Collingwood, lbw playing across his pad to Johnson and opener Alastair Cook, who made 30 before he was caught behind, also fell to the left-armer

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