Advantage England in Ashes decider

Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 11:18 [IST]
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Advantage England in Ashes decider

Oval: A brilliant five-wicket haul by Stuart Broad revived England"s hopes of Ashes glory on the second day of the decisive fifth Test against Australia at the Oval on Friday.


Broad ripped through the Australian batting order with a virtually unplayable spell featuring conventional and reverse swing, giving the host side a good chance of winning the final Test.

Broad took five wickets for 27 runs in 12 overs, to remove Shane Watson, captain Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin as Australia who were bowled out for just 160. Off-spinner Graeme Swann provided fine support, with four for 38 as Australia suffered their third first innings collapse this series.

"We are in a great position. It was a fantastic experience for me, everything we did seemed to work" said Broad.

"The first hour in the morning will be crucial. We have some big hitters with the likes of Freddie Flintoff and Matt Prior and if we can get some more runs, we can build a great platform."

That left England, who made 332 in their first innings, 172 runs in front and by stumps they had extended their lead to 230 after closing on 58 for three with three more days still scheduled in the match. Australia left- arm quick Mitchell Johnson, with the aid of two catches at short leg by Simon Katich, removed England first innings top-scorer Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood, who again fell cheaply.

But England captain Andrew Strauss was 32 not out and Test debutant Jonathan Trott unbeaten on eight.


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