By Rob Barnett at Lord's
Graeme Swann fulfilled a “boyhood dream” with today’s five-wicket Ashes haul at Lord’s.
The off-spinner’s stunning 5-44 from 21.3 overs skittled Australia for 128 and gave England a lead of 233, which they had extended by 31 for the loss of three wickets at stumps.
Swann took advantage of generous turn from this day-two Investec Test pitch to surpass his other Lord’s five-for, taken against Pakistan in 2010.
"It's very pleasing from an individual perspective,” a typically ebullient Swann said.
“I'm up on the honours board once before from a game against Pakistan; to get it up there in an Ashes game is like a boyhood dream.”
Swann’s first contribution on a day that saw 16 wickets fall was 28 not out from 26 balls to a last-wicket stand of 48 with Stuart Broad that lifted England to 361 all out.
“I was thinking I might get on the batting board this morning but agonisingly fell 72 runs short,” Swann joked.
During his innings, Swann was struck on the bowling forearm, just as he was painfully in the pre-Ashes warm up with Essex.
"The first two or three overs I bowled I didn’t have much feeling in my hand. (I had) a few grip issues because of the blow on my arm,” he continued.
"But they disappeared as soon as I got my second wicket when I realised it was going quite well and my luck might be in after the (Chris) Rogers dismissal.”
Rogers, Swann’s first victim, was lbw to a midriff-high full-toss that was missing leg stump, but the batsman failed to review.
"I'm not sure there's been a worse piece of cricket in Test history,” Swann quipped.
"I'm delighted to be at the centre of that. I'm sure he's as embarrassed as I was. It completely slipped out of my hand; it did well to be going anywhere near the wicket.”
Australia coach Darren Lehmann admitted Rogers should have reviewed and Shane Watson should not have done so when plumb lbw to Tim Bresnan on the stroke of lunch.
"The referrals certainly could have been better,” Lehmann said. "'Buckie' Rogers got that wrong with Shane - he told him to take it.
"Then he should have used one on himself, but he probably didn't want to after wasting one. As long as they learn from it, that's the thing.
"We've certainly got the bowling side of it right, with the referrals. The big thing for us is making more runs. It's simple.”
Despite his side being well behind in the game, Lehmann refused to admit defeat, perhaps hoping Australia can pull off a remarkable chase as they almost did in the Trent Bridge opener.
"You've always got a chance,” he added. “It's a funny game, cricket - I've seen big totals chased down, and it is a good wicket. It's certainly not a 128 wicket.”