Ashes - Hapless England blown away by fearsome Johnson

Day three, second Ashes Test - Adelaide Oval: Australia 570-9 declared (Clarke 148, Haddin 118, Rogers 72, Harris 55 / Broad 3-98) and 132-3 (Warner 83 not out / Anderson 2-19) lead England 172 all out (Carberry 60, Bell 72 not out / Johnson 7-40) by 530 runs.

Ashes - Hapless England blown away by fearsome Johnson

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Mitchell Johnson and Kevin Pietersen at Adelaide (Reuters)

Mitchell Johnson grabbed seven wickets in a withering barrage of pace bowling as England crashed to be all out for a hopeless 172 before Australia built a formidable lead on the third day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide Oval.

Having staggered to 116-4 at lunch, England walked into a fire storm after the break as Johnson took 3-0 in the second over his spell and returned to clean up the tail with three more wickets to leave the tourists in disarray.

England were still 199 runs short of the follow-on and 398 runs shy of Australia's declared first innings total of 570-9 but Australia captain Michael Clarke elected to bat again to give his bowlers a rest.

Johnson, man-of-the-match in the first Test in Brisbane, produced one of the great spells of Ashes bowling earlier in the day and David Warner smashed a brisk 83 not out to pile on the misery for Alastair Cook’s beleaguered tourists.

[Scorecard / commentary / stats]

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England 57-2 - Root looks to be positive with a slog sweep but he top edges it and is caught by Rogers in the deep for 15 off Lyon's bowling.

England 66-3 - Pietersen makes just four as he holes out to Bailey, who juggles with the ball before finally taking the catch at midwicket off the bowling of Siddle.

England 90-3 - Carberry brings up his first Test 50 in his third Test with England as he swipes a short ball away to bring up the landmark.

England 11-4 - Carberry ends his innings with 60 to his name after he is brilliantly caught by Warner to give Watson his first wicket.

[Lunch report]

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England 117-5 - Stokes is rapped on the pads by Johnson immediately after lunch, and although he is given not out, his departure for just one is confirmed by a successful review.

England 117-6 - The on-fire Johnson gets another as Prior meekly cedes his wicket with a tame waft outside off stump that is caught behind by Haddin. A duck for the England keeper.

England 117-7 - Broad, who delays facing his first ball as something glints off the sight screen, immediately goes for a duck as Johnson finds his leg stump to complete a superb over during which he took three wickets. His hat-trick chance will come next over.

England 135-8 - Swann fends off Johnson's hat-trick ball but the bowler soon gets his man and his fifth wicket as the England spinner edges to Clarke in the slips and departs for seven.

England 135-9 - Johnson knocks Anderson's middle stump clean out of the ground for a golden duck and gives him a serious stare-down as he races past to celebrate with team-mates.

England 145-9 - Bell, this time, fends off Johnson's second hat-trick chance the next over. Bell goes on to reach 50 and give England fans something to cheer about.

England 172 all out - Johnson ends with figures of 7-40 as he bowls Panesar to end England's innings with Bell left unbeaten with 72 to his name.

[Tea report]

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Australia 4-1 - Anderson beats Rogers comprehensively as the opener gets a thin edge through to Prior to depart for two.

Australia 4-2 - Watson leans forward very casually and slaps a full ball from Anderson straight to Carberry at point to go for a duck.

Australia 65-3 - Panesar bowls Clarke with an absolute beauty of a delivery to send the captain back to the pavilion for 22.

Australia 79-3 - Warner brings up his half-century with a powerful cut for four runs off Panesar with a misfield from Pietersen at point.

Australia 132-3 - Warner ends the day on 83 not out alongside Smith who has 23 as Australia close with a huge lead of 530 runs.

[Full report at stumps]


Mitchell Johnson now has 16 wickets at 8.9 each in three innings.

Peter Siddle has now dismissed Kevin Pietersen eight times. More than any bowler. KP's average against Siddle is 19.8

Before this Test, in his last two matches in Adelaide Kevin Pietersen scored 158 and 227.

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Was this the worst display of the lot with the bat from hapless England? The ball was not swinging, seaming or spinning, yet somehow the tourists were blown away by the sheer pace from Johnson. Are the tourists just mentally shot?


Michael Vaughan: "It's been as bad a batting display by an England side for many a year."


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