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England on top after Swann halts Aussies’ bid

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At lunch on day 4, the hosts are seven wickets away from going 2-0 up in the Ashes

Ball watching!Graeme Swann struck with his fifth ball on Sunday when left-hander Rogers (left) played no shot to a delivery that didn’t turn but carried on straight to hit his off stump.photo: AP
Ball watching!Graeme Swann struck with his fifth ball on Sunday when left-hander Rogers (left) played no shot to a delivery that didn’t turn but carried on straight to hit his off stump.photo: AP

Graeme Swann proved a thorn in Australia’s side yet again as England closed in on a 2-0 Ashes series lead at Lord’s on Sunday. The England off-spinner took two wickets as Australia collapsed to 48 for three at lunch on the fourth day of the second Test.

That left Australia, long in desperate trouble in this match, needing a further 535 runs to reach their mammoth victory target of 583 after England had declared their second innings on 349 for seven, with Joe Root making 180.

Usman Khawaja was eight not out and Australia captain Michael Clarke, missed on two, 11 not out.

Australia, shot out for just 128 in their first innings, were only able to resist England for fewer than seven overs Sunday before Shane Watson was lbw to James Anderson for 20.

And 24 for one soon became 36 for three as Swann struck twice.AFP


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