Ryan Harris

Ryan Harris (third from left) took five for 72 in the first innings © Getty Images

By Jaideep Vaidya
Jul 19, 2013

Ryan Harris picked up five wickets, helping Australia bowl England out for 361 in the morning session of Day Two of the Lord’s Test of The Ashes, before losing opener Shane Watson in the last over before the lunch break. Australia went into the interval at 42 for one.

Harris, who had figures of three for 28 overnight, added a fourth on the first ball of the morning as he got a full-length delivery to cut away from Tim Bresnan and take his edge, that carried to the wicketkeeper. Four overs later, nightwatchman James Anderson was to meet the same fate as he provided Harris his fifth wicket, thus getting the latter’s name on the Lord’s honours board.

However, from what looked like a strong possibility of 320 all out, the last wicket pairing of Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann stuck around and played their shots without fear. Last-wicket stands have been the standout feature of this series so far and the duo added 48 runs in just under seven overs before James Pattinson found Broad’s faint edge to wrap up the innings.
Watson and Rogers then started off cautiously, ticking just five runs from the first five overs. After judging and gauging the pitch and the England opening bowlers, Anderson and Broad, they began to open up. Watson, in particular, began going for his shots and scored six boundaries before lunch. By the 10th over of the innings, Australia had reached 35 for no loss and the two opening batsmen were growing in confidence.

However, in the last over before lunch, Tim Bresnan struck Watson in front and was given out by the umpire. Watson was reluctant to walk away and asked Rogers for his opinion, before eventually deciding to review the decision. But the much controversial Decision Review System (DRS) agreed with the umpire and one of Australia’s valuable reviews were wasted.

Brief scores:

England 361 (Jonathan Trott 58, Ian Bell 109, Jonny Bairstow 67; Ryan Harris 5 for 72, Steven Smith 3 for 18) lead Australia 42 for 1 (Shane Watson 30) by 319 runs.

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