Sunday, April 20, 2014   

(Cricket) England rattled by dominant Australia
(12-06 16:06)

Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin scored centuries as Australia ran rampant before declaring at 570 for 9 wickets today in Adelaide, Australia. Then Mitchell Johnson bowled England captain Alastair Cook to cap a strong performance by the hosts on day two of the second Ashes cricket test, AP reports.
Johnson bowled in excess of 150 kph (93 mph) in his first over and beat Cook (3) for pace as he took out the off stump to have England reeling at 9-1.
Michael Carberry (20) and Joe Root (9) cautiously navigated the remainder of the 21 overs before stumps to help England reach 35 for 1 in reply.
Earlier, Clarke (148) and Haddin (118) shared a 200-run sixth-wicket stand after Australia resumed at 273 for 5.
Clarke passed 1,000 runs in the calendar year as he posted his second hundred in as many tests, salvaging the innings after Australia had lost quick wickets to be 174 for 4 after winning the toss on day one.
His dismissal triggered a slide of 3 for 26 before a late cameo by Ryan Harris, who hit 55 from 54 balls and hurried on the declaration.
Harris clubbed sixes on consecutive balls from Graeme Swann to lift Australia past 500 after coming in at No. 9. Those were just two of Australia's dozen sixes in the innings, including five from Haddin.
The 36-year-old wicketkeeper had some luck, getting three reprieves from some hapless England fielding before reaching his fourth test century. It followed his 94 and 53 in Australia's 381-run win in the first test and again played a key role in restoring the innings.
Australia dominated Friday after sharing the honors with England on day one. The top order all got starts but failed to convert until Clarke and George Bailey (53) joined forces in an 83-run fifth-wicket stand. England's fielders contributed by dropping three catches late on day one.
Those, plus two more missed catches and a missed run-out cost England hundreds of runs.
Clarke came into the test averaging more than 100 at the Adelaide and notched his sixth test hundred at the Adelaide Oval.
The captain had a couple of chances on 18 and 91 but was otherwise on top of the attack in a 245-ball innings that contained 17 boundaries.
He was finally out to a tired chip at a slower ball from Ben Stokes, giving the New Zealand-born allrounder a big first wicket in test cricket. Stokes earlier thought he had Haddin caught behind for 51, but the TV umpire ruled a no-ball.
After Clarke's departure, Johnson (5) and Peter Siddle (2) gave Swann and Stokes their second wickets of the innings.
Harris took up the attack late with Haddin and then in the unbeaten 41-run last-wicket stand with Nathan Lyon, who was unbeaten on 17 when Clarke declared.
Stuart Broad returned the best figures for England's bowlers with 3 for 98, while spinners Swann (2-151) and Monty Panesar (1-157) were punished by the batsmen. Stokes returned 2-70 before leaving the field late.


   
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