England dominate day 2 at Lords

England finished day 2 at Lords in complete control, after not enforcing the follow on. With England starting the day on 289 for 7, the tail enders needed to put some extra runs on the board to boost England’s lead. It was a far from perfect start, with Tim Bresnan being caught for 7 on the first ball of the day. Harris quickly got his second wicket of the day, his fifth of the innings, with night watchman Anderson being caught behind for 12. A strong last wicket partnership of 48 from Broad and Swann lifted the crowd, before Broad was caught behind for 33, leaving England 361 all out.

Australia looked to have weathered an early storm, but Bresnan eventually got the breakthrough, trapping Watson for 30. Swann got a fortunate wicket, where one of his worst deliveries in an England shirt hit Rodgers in the midriff, only for the umpire to give him out and Rodgers chose not to review, although hawk eye revealed that the ball wouldn’t have hit the wickets. Bresnan got his second wicket, with Hughes being caught behind for 1, with the Aussies losing 3 wickets for 11 runs. Swann’s second wicket was less fortunate than his first, with Khawaja being caught by Pieterson for 14. Steve Smith was Swann’s third victim, with Bell catching him for 2. Stuart Broad claimed his first victim of the day, trapping Michael Clarke for 28. England capitalised on some poor communication, running out Agar for 2. This left Australia at 96-7 at tea, and England firmly in the box seat. Swann caught Siddle for 2 off of Anderson’s bowling. Swann continued his demolition of Australia with Haddin being caught for 7. Harris survived a review and a dropped catch before Swann dismissed him for 10, leaving the Aussies straggling on 128 all out, and Swann with a 5 wicket haul.

Alistair Cook decided to rest his bowlers and not enforce the follow on. Peter Siddle bowled Cook for 8, and Trott for 0. Kevin Pieterson displayed another disappointing innings with the bat, with Rodgers catching him for 5, Siddle’s 3rd wicket. England will resume tomorrow on 31-3 with Joe Root and Tim Bresnan at the crease.

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