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Five-for: England wrap up emphatic victory

Five-for: England wrap up emphatic victory's five picks as England wrapped up a crushing victory in the second Investec Ashes Series Test Match at the Home of Cricket.

Men v boys

This was an incredibly one-sided Test Match, from the moment Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow rescued England from 28/3 on the first day.

Australia's top-order batting was very poor, but while the focus will be on their woes, England also deserve praise for the way they bowled.

The turning pitch and Australia's large number of left-handers allowed Swann to operate effectively from the Nursery End while the seamers rotated from the Pavilion End effectively.

Bresnan was accurate on his return to Test cricket; Broad hugely unlucky to take just one wicket in the match; and Anderson was typically excellent - without being over relied-on.

They stretched things out at the end before sealing the win, but as the shadows stretched across Lord's, there was a richly deserved sense of a job well done when Graeme Swann took the final wicket.

Photo of the day

The sight of the Australia captain and only real threat with the bat being struck on the national crest on his helmet by a fine Stuart Broad bouncer was rather a microcosm for the whole fixture.

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It's so often the way in sport that the marginal decisions go against the team who're struggling, and Australia have had a shocker with the DRS in this series so far.

Steve Smith felt his decision should have been overturned and Ashton Agar left the field grumpily after his caught behind went England's way based on sound and a change of direction rather than hot spot evidence.

Brad Haddin then departed LBW after leaving a ball on middle and off from Graeme Swann. Australia had no reviews remaining and, to rub salt into the wound, HawkEye showed the ball missing leg-stump by a fraction.

Root is human

Joe Root has had a Test Match he will never forget.

Despite missing out on a first Test double-ton in the morning session Root made the difference with the ball, dismissing the key man Michael Clarke, caught at leg slip, in a spell of 7/2/9/2 while Graeme Swann was off the field injured following a nasty collision with Usman Khawaja.

He spoiled his copybook though be shelling a straightforward catch at third slip off Stuart Broad not long afterwards. It would have been Broad's 200th wicket as well...

Thanks and goodnight

The Ashes Series rolls on to Old Trafford a week on Thursday with Kevin Pietersen's calf their only cause for concern.

Lord's meanwhile has hosted it's last day of international cricket for the summer, though there's t20 action - a last chance to see Ricky Ponting at Lord's - on Thursday and the season finale YB40 Final among the highlights reminaing.

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