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ENGLAND are just one victory away from retaining the Ashes after beating Australia by an Innings and 71 runs in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Aussie Captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. In hindsight this proved to be the wrong choice because the hosts got off to their worst start in a Test match for 60 years. Simon Katich was Run Out by Jonathan Trott without having faced a ball – a Diamond Duck – and Ponting was dismissed with the very next ball (Caught Graeme Swann off of James Anderson). Australia were 0-2. Michael Clarke was then out in exactly the same manner soon afterwards and Australia were 2-3!

England celebrating Katich’s Diamond Duck.

Ponting’s Golden Duck.

TWO runs for THREE wickets!

Australia recovered from their poor start, and scores of 93 from Michael Hussey and 56 from Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin helped the Aussies to a first innings total of 245.

Swann gets Hussey out just seven runs short of 100.

There was just enough time at the end of the first day for England’s openers – Captain Andrew Strauss and the in-form Alastair Cook – to face one over.  England scored just the one run off the over, but as the players walked back to the pavilion Ricky Ponting started chopsing off at his opposite number. Why I don’t know.

Feeling the pressure are we Ricky?

Strauss was dismissed for just one in the first over of the second day (bowled by Doug Bollinger). 

Oops!

But the England top order had still maintained the form they had from the first Test in Brisbane, as by the time the next England wicket fell (Trott for 78) England had scored 176. When Alastair Cook was finally out for 148 (Caught Behind off Ryan Harris) the England run total was 351. Since he was dismissed in the first innings of the Brisbane Test Cook had batted for 1,022 minutes and scored 371 runs.

Cook scoring yet another 100!

101 runs later and Paul Collingwood was out L.B.W. for 42 off the bowling of Shane Watson. But to the pain of the Australians, Kevin Pietersen was still at the crease and smashing the Aussie bowling attack to all corners of the ground. When he was finally (and sadly) out for a Test best score of 227 the England score was 568-5. Ian Bell hit an unbeaten 68 and Wicketkeeper Matt Prior had put in a cameo appearance – scoring 27 off 21 balls – when Strauss declared the England innings on a huge 620-5. This is one of the highest totals England have ever made against Australia and the first time England have scored more than 500 runs against Australia in consecutive innings against them.

KP scored his first Test century since the tour of the West Indies in March 2009 on the way to his highest Test score.

Long story short in the context of this match, Australia needed to make 375 runs to make England bat again.

The Australian top order made a much better fist of it in their second innings, with Shane Watson and Simon Katich scoring 57 and 43 respectively. Ponting again failed to get into double figures (9) but with day four drawing to a close Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey were proving difficult to shift. With the score at 238-3 Strauss gave the ball to Pietersen for the last over in order to try something different, and what a brilliant idea it was too! With just his second ball he took Clarke’s wicket (Caught Cook) taking his Test total of Wickets to five.

Self-proclaimed All-Rounder Pietersen turns the match well and truly in England’s favour.

With the threat of rain hanging over the Adelaide Oval at the start of day five Australia needed to score a further 137 runs to put England in again who just needed six wickets to win.

The rain never came however and the middle and tail end of the Australian batting line up fell apart and at 295-9 (with Ryan Harris having to suffer the shame of making a King Pair in the process) the Adelaide Oval was full of England fans eagerly awaiting victory. Then with the first ball of the 100th over Swann bowled Peter Siddle to take five-for in the innings and Australia were all out for 304 and England had won by an Innings and 71 Runs for our 100th Test victory over Australia! 😀 And then the rain came…LOL!

1-0!!!

I believe the last time Australia lost by an innings at home was in January 1993 at the hands of the West Indies, so it’s about time they got a good kicking like this in front of their home crowd. Unfortunately for England Stuart Broad will miss the rest of the Ashes and the O.D.I. series after tearing a muscle in his stomach. 😦

Get well soon Broady.

Next stop is the WACA in Perth. BRING IT ON!

Ashes 2010/11 2nd Test – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Australia won the toss and elected to bat

Australia

vs.

England

245 (85.5 overs @ 2.85 rpo)

1st Innings

620-5 dec. (152 overs @ 4.08 rpo)

M.E.K. Hussey 93 (183)

K.P. Pietersen 227 (308)

J.M. Anderson 4-51

R.J. Harris 2-84

304 (99.1 overs @ 3.07 rpo)

2nd Innings

M.J. Clarke 80 (139)

G.P. Swann 5-91

 

Umpires – Marais Erasmus (Rsa) and Tony Hill (Nzl)

England won by an Innings & 71 Runs – England lead the series 1-0 with three Tests remaining

Man of the Match = K.P. Pietersen

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