By Shrikant Shankar
Dec 27, 2013
Australia are at 38 for two at lunch on Day Two of the fourth Ashes 2013-14 Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on December 27, 2013. They trail England by 217 runs in their first innings. England were bowled out for 255 early on Day Two.
Chris Rogers is batting on 16 and Michael Clarke is on two. David Warner (9) and Shane Watson (10) were the batsmen to get out for Australia. Australia began well in their first innings as both Rogers and Warner struck a few fours.
But James Anderson got the breakthrough when Australia’s score was at 19. He bowled a back of a length delivery and Warner tried to pull. He only managed to top-edge it high in the air and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow took a simple catch.
Watson was the new man and he got off the mark with a glorious on-drive off Anderson for four. He then played a late cut off Anderson to get a four through backward-point.
Ben Stokes though dismissed Watson quickly. He bowled a good length delivery and the ball came into Watson, who played a straight drive. The ball took the inside edge of the bat and Bairstow took his second catch of the innings.
Clarke was the new man in. Lunch was soon taken as Australia trailed England by 217 runs.
Johnson took all his five wickets with the second new ball. With that new ball, Johnson bowled nine overs and took five wickets with three maiden overs as well. He gave away only 18 runs. This was Johnson’s third five-wicket haul of the series. He has also taken 27 wickets in the series so far.
England began Day Two with their score at 226 for six. Pietersen faced the first ball on the day from Ryan Harris and hit a four towards deep extra-cover. In the second over of the day, Johnson bowled a sharp bouncer and Tim Bresnan could only manage to fend it off to George Bailey at short-leg. Bailey had to dive behind him to take the catch.
A few deliveries later, Pietersen was bowled by Johnson while attempting to whack a good length delivery over mid-wicket. He was out for 71 off 161 balls.
Stuart Broad got a couple of fours off Harris to get England’s score moving after the loss of the two wickets. But his stay in the middle was short as Johnson bowled a straight yorker and got him out leg-before. Broad missed the line of the delivery. He was out for 11.
Anderson and Monty Panesar then managed to get England’s score past the 250-run mark. Anderson had taken the onus upon himself to do the scoring. He lofted Nathan Lyon over mid-on for a four.
Panesar then got hit on his groin guard by Peter Siddle and it took some time before he could resume batting. He then got off the mark with two runs on the leg side off the pads. Lyon then bowled Panesar with a straight delivery as the batsman offered no stroke.
England were bowled out for 255, but this was also their highest first innings total of the entire series.
England 255 (Alastair Cook 27, Michael Carberry 38, Kevin Pietersen 71; Mitchell Johnson 5 for 63, Ryan Harris 2 for 47) lead Australia 38 for 2 (Chris Rogers 16*) by 217 runs.
(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)
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