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Sunday, July 19, 2009

England grind Australia down: Ashes 09 T2 D3

England 425 and 6/311 (71.2 ov, M Prior 61, P Collingwood 54) lead Australia 215 ( J Anderson 4/55) by 521 runs with 4 second inns wkts in hand and 2 days to play: Ashes T2 D2 at Lord's.

Game over? After a day when England chose not to enforce the follow on, batted circumspectly until tea (2/130), then let fly to build a lead of 521 before rain stopped play, is there any other conclusion which a reasonably knowledgeable (and not too one eyed) cricket follower could draw?

The central fact is that England have outplayed Australia for the entire match and deserve to win. Australia may have a good batting lineup but its attack, especially given Mitchell Johnson's loss of form, is thin, very thin, as the match Scorecard confirms.

Disclosure: I had an early night, so I only watched the Sky/ Fox highlights of the second and third sessions.

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