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Well done Watto!Despite all the rumours surrounding the relation between Michael Clarke (centre) and Shane Watson (third from left) following Mickey Arthur’s court papers, Watson delivered the goods by picking up the wicket of Alastair Cook the moment the ball was thrown to him.Photo: reuters
Well done Watto!Despite all the rumours surrounding the relation between Michael Clarke (centre) and Shane Watson (third from left) following Mickey Arthur’s court papers, Watson delivered the goods by picking up the wicket of Alastair Cook the moment the ball was thrown to him.Photo: reuters

Ryan Harris marked his return to Australia duty with two wickets in an over as England struggled on the first morning of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Thursday.

At lunch England – who won a thrilling first Test by 14 runs at Trent Bridge on Sunday – had recovered to 80 for three. Jonathan Trott was 34 not out and Ian Bell, who scored a superb hundred in Nottingham, 23 not out with the Warwickshire duo’s partnership so far worth 52. Harris, recalled after Australia dropped the wayward Mitchell Starc, had taken two wickets for 21 runs in nine overs.

After two loose overs from James Pattinson, Australia captain Michael Clarke brought on all-rounder Shane Watson. And with just his second ball, Watson brought one back down the Lord’s slope and into Cook’s pads to have the left-hander lbw for 12 after umpire Marais Erasmus, criticised in his role as the replay official at Trent Bridge, took an age before raising his finger – a decision the captain did not challenge.

The 33-year-old Harris then struck with the second ball of his third over when he had Root lbw for six.

Root referred the decision and after all the controversy surrounding the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the first Test, it was no surprise that New Zealand’s Tony Hill took several minutes before upholding Kumar Dharmasena’s decision.

Four balls later, Harris shaped a delivery up the slope which Pietersen, on two, nicked to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin to leave England at 28 for three.AFP

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