Aus still on the back foot at tea

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Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 13:06 [IST]
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Aus still on the back foot at tea

With Australia resuming their innings after lunch at 65/5, a recovery from Michael Hussey and Steven Smith was on the cards. But the fiery Chris Tremlett cut short their plans when in his first over (27th over of the innings) after the break, he had Smith caught by England captain Andrew Strauss at first slip. Australia was continuing its slide at 69/5.

Aussie wicketkeeper Brad Haddin took on the crises wholeheartedly with Hussey and together they staged a fight back. From the 35th to the 39th over, the duo struck a four in each over before Haddin came down heavily on Graeme Swann by lofting him for a six over long-on. With this flurry of boundaries, Australia had moved well past the 100-run mark. In the next over, Hussey got into the act and started attacking Steven Finn, sending the young fast bowler for three boundaries - two through backward of square and one through midwicket.

But Hussey's fun came to an end when Swann sounded the death knell for him in the 41st over. The off-spinner had a clueless batsman poking at an off-break outside the off-stump to edge it straight to the wicketkeeeper Matt Prior. Hussey's valiant fight back has come to an end and Australia were again in some distress at 137/6.

But Haddin wouldn't back down. He counterattacked from the other end, smashing Finn for two fours, both guided over the slips. Australia were witnessing another revival, with the score flying past 150. Then the new batsmen Mitchell Johnson came to the party, hitting a hapless Finn for two more fours in the 44th over. This match was running through a lot of curves and troughs.

Haddin brought up a well-earned fifty in the 51st over when he took a single off Swann. Strauss introduced Paul Collingwood into the attack soon after to see if his medium pacers could help peg back the Australians further. But Johnson and Haddin stood their ground admirably, taking Australia to 179/6 at tea.


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