By Shrikant Shankar
Dec 27, 2013
England have been bowled out for 255 in their first innings of the fourth Ashes 2013-14 Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on December 27, 2013. Mitchell Johnson starred early on Day Two as he picked up three wickets. He finished with a five-wicket haul.
Johnson took all his five wickets with the second new ball. He had taken two wickets on Day One. With the new ball, Johnson bowled nine overs and took five wickets with three maiden overs as well. He gave away only 18 runs. This is Johnson’s third five-wicket haul of the series. He has taken 27 wickets in the series so far.
England began Day Two with their score at 226 for six. Kevin 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.
James 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 total in the first innings 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) vs Australia.
(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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