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Monday, 3 January 2011

England totally dominant despite Johnson

More fine bowling from England's seamers put Australia in all kinds of trouble at lunch on day two of the 5th Ashes test in Sydney.

Resuming on 134-4, Australia struggled to cope with England's precise bowling and went into the interval on 230-8

After being the least impressive on day one, Jimmy Anderson stood out with some typically accurate swing bowling. His consistency of line and length was particularly good as he caused problems all morning, accounting for the wickets of Haddin, Smith and Siddle.

Paul Collingwood picked up the crucial breakthrough of the morning when had Mike Hussey out for 33, Hussey playing on from the last ball before the new one was taken.

It was another exceptional bowling display from England as they bided their time on the first morning before eventually taking wickets at regular intervals.

The run rate of just over 2 shows how much England caused their rivals to struggle and even though they got to 105-1, Australia have lost their last 7 wickets for 125

Day two began well for the tourists when Anderson had Haddin caught by Prior after he attempted a wild slash outside the off stump.

Hussey and Steve Smith denied England for a while before it was the unlikely source of Collingwood's trundlers that did for Hussey just when he was looking dangerous.

Collingwood then took the catch of Smith from Anderson before the Lancashire pacemen had Siddle on his way for just 2.

Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus frustrated England until lunch with an unbeaten partnership of 41 to give their team something to cheer about.

England will be desperate to break the pair as soon as possible after the break and get batting to put pressure back on the Australians. They will be hoping to get a large lead with the pitch looking as though it will spin on day 4 and 5.

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