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Five-for: England dominate as Australia crumble Published: 19 July 2013

Five-for: England dominate as Australia crumble

Graeme Swann led England to a dominant position on day two of the second Investec Ashes Series Test at Lord's as the tourists fell to a miserable 128 all out.

Aussie crumble

Rarely, if ever, can an Australia team have surrendered so meekly in a Test at Lord's.

England were reasonably disciplined with the ball, but there was precious little seam or swing movement and Shane Watson showed at the start of the innings that the pitch was still full of runs in a typically forthright but shortlived knock.

At times it was a car crash. Watson wasted a review on a plumb LBW. Then Chris Rogers failed to use one when he was bizzarely dismissed (see below). Ashton Agar was run out in comedic fashion and there were poor hoiks and slogs a-plenty.

There was almost a sense of pity among the England supporters. Almost.

A visit from the village green

Many a club cricketer would have chuckled wryly at Rogers' dismissal, which came straight from a Saturday afternoon match on a recreation ground.

Swann bowled a horrific waist high full toss which surprised the compact opener so much that his attempted baseball stroke missed completely.

England appealed and after a pause Marais Erasmus gave Rogers out LBW. After consulting his partner Usman Khawaja, Rogers meekly departed - only to discover on his return to the Away Dressing Room that the ball had been missing leg stump by some distance.

There's no truth in the rumour that MCC's Laws Sub-Committee are drawing up a new dismissal: Embarrased Out.

Lumbering to the Boards

Ryan Harris makes bowling look like hard work. Lumbering purposefully to the crease his hulking, bodily action practically winces on delivery.

But he's a mighty fine bowler, and one who would have taken a lot more Test wickets had he not suffered so many injury problems.

He'll more than likely play only an occasional part in the next eight Tests, and missed the first at Trent Bridge, but at least his name is now etched on the famous Lord's Honours Boards for eternity. Richly deserved.

Shot of the day

Stuart Broad loves batting at Lord's and there are few in the England team who can match his natural flair when he's seeing a cricket ball well.

He and Swann put on a marvellous 48 for the last wicket in just 40 balls, taking on the Australia quicks who foolishly decided to try and bounce them out.

The moment of the partnership came from a fuller ball though, Broad opening himself up and slamming James Pattinson through mid-off

The day tomorrow

England will not be as smug as they should have been after taking a 233-run lead on first innings.

Their top order once again came-and-went, leaving them 30/3 - two runs better than the 28/3 they achieved in the first innings.

With no obvious demons in the pitch, it's not incomprehensible that tomorrow might finally be a batting day, but with Australia in the mire, a result could be in touching distance by the third evening.


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