England win Second Ashes Test!

A report on the Second Ashes Test in Australia were England won easily in the end!

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7th December 2010
On day one of the Ashes Second Test, England bowled out Australia for only 245 after superb bowling from England maybe not such great batting from the Aussies though. Their top scorer was Michael Hussey who made 93 he would not have made those if it wasn't’for poor concentration in the England field when he was dropped on 10, his closest rivals in the scoring were Shane Watson and Brad Haddin who both got over half centuries but only just, with 51 and 56. James Anderson took 4 wickets for England and 1 wicket each for Steven Finn and Stuart Broad also Graeme Swann took 2 wickets.

On day 2, it was totally domination from England with Kevin Pietersen reaching 227 after batting superbly but this excellence was after a master class of batting from Alistair Cook who made 148 hitting centuries. It is now coming common practice for Alisatir Cook after reaching one in the first test and also reaching in the last test a double century. The innings didn't start all so brightly though with Captain Andrew Strauss only making 1.

There were over great performances also with Jonathon Trott making 78 and Paul Collingwood who made 42. Ian Bell and Matt Prior finished on 68 and 27 when England declared on 620 for 5 wickets. Australia bowling was fairly poor with Ryan Harris picking up 2 wickets and Doug Bollinger, Shane Watson and Xavier Doherty picked up 1 each.

Australia then went into bat on the second to last day with a steep task they had a good go until on the final day the Aussies were praying for the uncommon Australian rain. England dominated once again getting all the Aussie batsmen out for 304 to win the match even though there was a tough come back by Australia, with their batsmen getting some respectful totals with Michael Clarke topping the innings scorecard with 80. Two other men did get half centuries but it wasn't enough to hold down the England Bowling attack with Swann getting 5 wickets, Anderson and Finn 2 each also Pietersen, the number one batter in this match, picking up 1 wicket to end a personal and team achievement for him and the boys.

The opening Test in Brisbane was drawn and the third game in the five-match series begins in Perth on 16th December.

On a sadder note England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been sent home to England with a Stomach injury. We wish him a speedy recovery.
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