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Swann’s five turns game England’s way

By Rob Barnett at Lord's and Matthew Sherry

Off-spinner Graeme Swann’s 16th five-wicket Test haul, his second and best versus Australia, helped England seize control of the second Investec Ashes match at Lord’s.

Swann capitalised on a sun-baked surface, offering sharp turn, on just the second day to dismiss Australia for 128, a first-innings deficit of 233 that did not persuade Alastair Cook to force the follow-on.

As in their 14-run loss at Trent Bridge, the touring batsmen determined to be positive but again it proved their undoing.

Swann’s 5-44 from 21.3 overs, beating his 5-91 at Adelaide in December 2010, was supported by two wickets for the reliable Tim Bresnan, preferred to Steven Finn for this Test. James Anderson, man of the match in Nottingham for his 10 scalps, struck just once but his 14 overs cost a mere 25 runs and contained eight maidens.

Theirs was not the only outstanding bowling display today, Ryan Harris completing a five-for as England were all out for 361 - a total boosted by a sprightly last-wicket stand of 48 between Swann and Stuart Broad.

Peter Siddle made three cheap breakthroughs before the hosts closed on 31 for three, 264 ahead, with Joe Root and nightwatchman Bresnan in situ on 18 and nought respectively.

England began the day on 289 for seven but lost Bresnan first ball, caught behind off Harris via a touch of away movement.


Two personal overs later, Australia’s outstanding bowler yesterday likewise ousted James Anderson, the delivery after the nightwatchman had edged between wicketkeeper and first slip.

Broad and Swann, not normally the last-wicket pair, attacked. Each hit five fours and the former pulled Peter Siddle for six to beat the leg trap.

Broad eventually became the third caught-behind victim of the day, despite a review, as the expensive James Pattinson took his first wicket of the innings. Broad made 33 and Swann 28 not out.

With around an hour to bat until lunch, Shane Watson was soon into his stride with a series of driven fours yet fell lbw to Bresnan for 30 with what became the last ball before the interval. Watson, who has a reputation for falling when set, foolishly used a review when he was plumb in front.

If the morning session was fairly even, the afternoon was unquestionably England’s as they claimed six wickets and conceded just 54 runs.

The first of those scalps was bizarre with Swann accidentally letting slip a midriff-high full-toss to Chris Rogers, who missed an attempted pull and was out leg before for 15. Had he reviewed, he would have been reprieved with the ball going down leg.

Instead, Phil Hughes wasted Australia’s last review when he was given caught-behind to Bresnan and there was not enough evidence for TV umpire Tony Hill to overturn the decision.

Usman Khawaja, replacing Ed Cowan at number three in this Test, had been reprieved on seven by Jonathan Trott dropping a regulation chance at slip. Swann was the bowler and he latterly got his man via a skied catch to mid-off, which Kevin Pietersen held smartly while looking towards the sun.

Ian Bell’s excellent short-leg catch, going to his left, gave Swann Steven Smith’s wicket and Broad crucially removed captain Michael Clarke, Australia’s best batsman, with a yorker that trapped him in front for 28.

England bowled maidens almost at will to keep the pressure high and, during the third of four consecutive runless overs from Anderson, a mix-up with Brad Haddin saw Ashton Agar run out via Matt Prior’s throw to the bowler.

Anderson, having bowled a fifth straight maiden, had Siddle held at second slip. In the next over Haddin, who had been looking to attack, attempted to slog-sweep Swann but was snaffled at slip for an untypically slow 42-ball seven.

In the first Test Australia’s last-wicket stands yielded 163 and 65, so England were content to keep Pattinson and Harris to 20. Harris survived Anderson’s lbw review and a caught-and-bowled chance to Swann but did fall to the spinner via Pietersen’s well-judged take running back from mid-on.

Clarke chose Watson as Harris’ new-ball partner and missed a chance to make that decision pay when he and gloveman Haddin left Root’s edge to each other, the ensuing four taking the batsman to 12.

Siddle forced Cook and Trott to play on in consecutive overs, the latter for nought, before Pietersen was held at point, driving on the up, as the seamer returned 3-4 from his five overs.

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Evening Session

Highlights of the evening session when Graeme Swann completed a five-wicket haul to dismiss Australia for 128 before England built a lead of 264 with seven wickets left

England second innings

6:30pm - STUMPS! - England 31/3; Root 18; Bresnan 0 - The batsmen see out a thrilling day which ends with England 264 runs ahead.

6:25pm - Steven Smith, Australia's bowling hero yesterday evening, is given a bowl just prior to the close as Root and Tim Bresnan aim to see England to stumps.

6:08pm - WICKET! Pietersen c Rogers b Siddle 5; Eng 30/3 - Well, well, well. Having powerfully pulled James Pattinson for four in the previous over, Kevin Pietersen drives at a delivery he should have left and edges to point.

5:55pm - WICKET! Trott b Siddle 0; Eng 22/2 - This is becoming a very fine spell from Siddle, Trott falling in identical fashion to his skipper.

5:45pm - WICKET! Cook b Siddle 8; Eng 22/1 - Australia get a first breakthrough as Cook inside edges Peter Siddle on to his stumps.

5:25pm - A couple of close calls as Root and Cook are rapped on pad by Ryan Harris and Watson respectively. Both were rightly given not out.

5:15pm - MISSED CHANCE! - When it rains, it pours. Root tries to play a back-foot punch and edges Shane Watson between wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke at first slip. 

5:11pm - The openers have started confidently; I imagine such a commanding lead eases the pressure somewhat.

5pm - England have, unsurprisingly, opted to bat again. Here come Alastair Cook and Joe Root.

Australia first innings

4:51pm - END OF INNINGS - WICKET! Harris c Pietersen b Swann 10; Aus 128 ALL OUT - Swann finishes with a deserved five-wicket haul as Kevin Pietersen takes an outstanding catch running back at mid-on after Harris tried to hit aerially down the ground.

4:43pm - MISSED CHANCE! - Harris shows a first sign of comfort when cutting Swann to the boundary. A couple of overs later, the off-spinner shells a simple return chance after watching Australia pick up four byes.

4:34pm - REVIEW! - England get one wrong, but this always had an element of gamble about it. Anderson hits Ryan Harris on the pad with a fully delivery, but the ball is comfortably missing leg stump.

4:31pm - It's worth remembering at this juncture just how prosperous Australia's last-wicket stands in the first Test were; England will be determined to make sure a long spell in the field does not ensue here.

4:18pm - WICKET! Haddin c Trott b Swann 7; Aus 104/9 - Australia are sinking without trace here, Haddin edging an attempted slog-sweep to slip - where Trott takes a fine, high catch.

4:13pm - WICKET! Siddle c Swann b Anderson 2; Aus 104/8 - You cannot keep him out for too long! Anderson gets in on the act, grabbing his first wicket as Siddle edges to Swann at second slip.

4:11pm - Haddin has clearly decided attack is the best form of defence, powerfully sweeping Swann to the rope.

4:06pm - James Anderson is on at the other end amid Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin aiming to undertake a rebuilding effort.

4pm - After the drama of the afternoon session, here we go again. Graeme Swann has the ball in his hand as England aim to mop up the tail.

Afternoon Session

Highlights of the afternoon session when England took control of the second Inevstec Test with six wickets for 54 runs

3:41pm - TEA - Aus 96/7; Haddin 2, Siddle 0 - Agar’s run-out is followed by one maiden each from Swann and Anderson, who has bowled four runless overs in a row. In that session Australia lost six wickets for 54 runs.

3:33pm - Agar run out 2; Aus 96/7 - Australia now inflict self-harm as Anderson’s ball comes off Haddin’s hip and goes to the vacant leg-slip region where wicketkeeper Matt Prior gathers and, seeing Agar most of the way down the pitch, throws to the bowler who breaks the stumps with the teenager well short.

3:24pm - Anderson has a close lbw shout against Haddin turned down and, with the ball appearing to be sliding down leg, England do not review during Anderson’s second consecutive maiden. In the next over Swann, coming round the wicket to the left-handed Agar, gets one to turn unbelievably out of a foot-mark straight to slip.

3:19pm - England continue to pile on the pressure as Broad, Swann and James Anderson string together three straight maidens. Brad Haddin and Aston Agar are at the crease.

3:05pm - WICKET! Clarke lbw Broad 28; Aus 91/6 - The Australia captain, who pulled four earlier in the over as he continued to attack, is trapped in front by a yorker. His side are in disarray!

2:55pm - WICKET! Smith c Bell b Swann 2; Aus 86/5 - Not sure if this counts as a false shot (see below Tweet) but Smith gloves a catch to short-leg where Ian Bell holds on brilliantly going to his left.

2:40pm - Clarke follows Stuart Broad’s maiden to Steven Smith with a four off Swann and then Broad, the latter a typically elegant drive through mid-off.

2:27pm - WICKET! Khawaja c Pietersen b Swann 14; Aus 69/4 - The left-hander gives Swann the charge and skies the ball to mid-off where Kevin Pietersen goes back to hold a head-high catch while looking into the sun. The tourists are in trouble now.

2:22pm - The pressure is on captain Michael Clarke and Khawaja. The former was almost run out by Jonny Bairstow before square-driving Bresnan to the rope. In the next over Khawaja clipped Swann off his pads for four.

2:06pm - WICKET! Hughes c Prior b Bresnan 1; Aus 53/3 - Phil Hughes slashes outside off stump, England appeal and Marais Erasmus raises his finger. Hughes reviews but there is not enough evidence to overturn the decision. Australia are in a spot of bother and have no reviews left as Bresnan completes  a wicket-maiden.

1:59pm - CHANCE - Jonathan Trott drops a simple slip chance off Swann, Khawaja reprieved on seven. Later in the over there is a strong lbw shout against the same batsman, who gets well forward, encouraging Kumar Dharmasena to give it not out and England not to review.

1:50pm - WICKET! Rogers lbw Swann 15; Aus 50/2 - An extraordinary breakthrough as Swann accidentally delivers a waist-high full-toss to the left-hander, who fails to connect with a pull and is hit in the groin area. With one review wasted, Rogers does not call for another, although replays show the ball comfortably slipping down leg.

1:44pm - Tim Bresnan bowls the last two balls of his over to new batsman Usman Khawaja, who tucks the second ball to leg for two. Graeme Swann follows with a maiden to Chris Rogers, who is almost run out when he changes his mind over a single.

Morning Session 

Highlights of an eventful morning session at Lord's where Ryan Harris completed a five-for before Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann shared a sprightly last-wicket stand

Australia innings

1:02pm - WICKET & LUNCH! Watson lbw Bresnan 30; Aus 42/1 - Swann quickly gets through his first over of the innings, allowing Bresnan one more before the interval, during which he has Watson plumb in front despite a misguided review.

12:48pm - Watson takes two more off-side fours, off Bresnan, meaning he has found the boundary four times in eight balls.

12:45pm - Watson twice exquisitely cover-drives Anderson to the boundary. He then puches through the same region and Jonny Bairstow chases before diving brilliantly to keep the right-hander to three runs this time.

12:38pm - Tim Bresnan takes over from Broad at the Nursery End with Swann back on the field, having had treatment on a blow to the same forearm that he injured in the warm-up game with Essex.

12:26pm - Anderson soon returns to continue bowling duties and delivers a maiden to Rogers. In the next over Watson crisply drives Broad through mid-off for four.

12:17pm - Watson gets Australia’s first four with a back-foot drive off Anderson, who goes off at the end of the over to be replaced by Billy Root, brother of Joe. England therefore have two substitute fielders on, with fielding coach Chris Taylor already replacing Graeme Swann.

12:13pm - Stuart Broad follows up Anderson’s maiden with one of his own, to Chris Rogers who is familiar with this ground given his Middlesex participation here.

12:07pm - From James Anderson’s third ball England appeal confidently for caught behind against Shane Watson. Kumar Dharmasena gives it not out and England opt not to review, correctly as TV replays show the ball touched the back leg and not the bat.

England innings

11:54am - WICKET! Broad c Haddin b Pattinson 33; Eng 361 all out - Broad is given out caught behind but reviews. Replays show he edged through to the keeper so his quick last-wicket stand of 48 is over. Swann was unbeaten on 28 from 26 balls and Harris returned 5-72 from 26 overs.

11:50am - Broad and Swann continue to attack, including the former hooking Siddle for six to the delight of the crowd, as England fly past 350.

11:38am - Michael Clarke introduces Peter Siddle and sets a leg trap for Broad, who responds by pulling and then driving fours. Swann then gets in on the act with three boundaries off Harris.

11:21am - WICKET! Anderson c Haddin b Harris 12; Eng 313/9 - A chance goes begging as Anderson drives away from his body at Harris and edges between Haddin and Shane Watson at first slip, picking up four. However, next ball Anderson edges behind and Harris has a five-for at the home of cricket! Harris beats Graeme Swann first up with an unplayable delivery.

11:15am - New batsman Stuart Broad nudges Pattinson past mid-on and picks up four, taking England beyond 300. Broad ends the over by elegantly cover-driving four on the up.

11:08am - James Anderson shows what he can do with the bat by driving James Pattinson off the back foot for four. However, he plays and misses at the next delivery.

10:58am - WICKET! Bresnan c Haddin b Harris 7; Eng 289/8 - Ryan Harris, Australia’s outstanding bowler yesterday, strikes with today’s first ball, which moves away from Tim Bresnan and takes the edge of the bat on the way through to diving wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Pre-Play News

10:57am - The umpires and Australia players are on their way onto the outfield, soon followed by Tim Bresnan and nightwatchman James Anderson. Play is minutes away!

10:53am - Speaking in the video below, Jonny Bairstow explains his reaction at being bowled on 21 by what turned out to be a Peter Siddle no-ball. Bairstow went on to make 67 and add 144 with Ian Bell.

“'Oh no' was the first reaction. 'What have I done?'” Bairstow said. “And then I think it was looking at the screen and seeing it was very close to the line and seeing it was over the line.

“It was just a case of getting back in the mindset and doing all your business work with your game and taking it from there.”

10:36am - The teams are going through fielding drills on the outfield. Both sides are set to field at some point today unless England’s tail can wag in extraordinary fashion.

10:27am - Bell and Ryan Harris, who picked up three of Australia's first four wickets, spoke to the media at the end of day one. You can read what they had to say here.

10:15am - Morning everyone. Day two of the second Investec Ashes Test gets under way in 45 minutes and the sun is shining brightly once again at Lord's. England, winners of the toss, will resume on 289 for seven, having lost wickets in clusters yesterday either side of another wonderful hundred from Ian Bell.

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