Swann sparks Australia collapse

  • Last Updated: July 19 2013, 16:00 BST

Graeme Swann led the way as England reduced Australia to a hapless 96 for seven in reply to 361 all out by tea on day two of the second Investec Test at Lord's.

Grame Swann: Helped put England on top
Grame Swann: Helped put England on top

Australia were compliant in their own collapse, from 42 for none, after Swann and Stuart Broad's counter-attacking last-wicket stand of 48 had already swung the match England's way despite Ryan Harris' five for 72.

The wicket of Shane Watson, to what proved the final ball before lunch, then prefaced a passage of play in which Australia quickly used up their two permitted DRS procedures and no batsman could halt the slide.

It was highly unlikely England would enforce the follow-on, if Australia were to be bowled out for under 162, on a pitch already favouring the off-spin of Swann (three for 27) and sure to be especially awkward for the team batting last here.

Australia had progressed promisingly for a time in glorious conditions, after Watson came through a testing new-ball spell from James Anderson to strike six fours.

But with 30 to his name, the opener got pad rather than bat in line with the ball after Alastair Cook had switched Tim Bresnan to the pavilion end.

Australia lost their first review, Watson chancing DRS - which merely proved impact was in line with off-stump for a delivery which would have hit leg.

The next wicket was an oddity, another lbw but via a box-high full-toss from Swann.

Chris Rogers missed his attempted pull, and Marais Erasmus raised the finger. In the absence of any encouragement to review from non-striker Usman Khawaja, Rogers trudged off - to be greeted in the dressing-room by 'Hawkeye' footage showing the ball missing leg-stump.

Australia's horror sequence of DRS misuse was concluded soon afterwards when Phil Hughes immediately called for the process after Kumar Dharmasena gave him out caught-behind attempting to flash a drive away from his front pad off Bresnan.

This time, there was insufficient evidence on video and enhanced audio replay for third umpire Tony Hill to overturn the on-field decision.

Khawaja had already survived when Jonathan Trott dropped a straightforward catch at slip off Swann, but he could not take advantage - mistiming an attempted big hit at the off-spinner to be caught at deep mid-off.

Turn, bounce and good reactions from short-leg Ian Bell allowed Swann to have Steve Smith caught off his glove.

Australia captain Michael Clarke still stood in England's way, but not for long before Broad had him lbw with a full-length inswinger.

Then, just to properly complete a session in which Australia had imploded, they threw in a self-inflicted run-out too.

Ashton Agar and Brad Haddin dug in for eight overs but mustered only five runs together, before a mix-up over a single saw the teenager short of his ground as Matt Prior ferried the ball to the non-striker's end from behind square on the leg-side.

Broad, Swann and Anderson's tailend adventure had bolstered England's patchy innings, raising English spirits and denting Australia's by grabbing an extra 72 runs for the final two wickets.

Harris made the shortest possible work of Bresnan, the first ball of the day shaping up the slope from a good length to take the edge for caught-behind.

Four wickets had fallen for 18 runs, but Anderson and Broad each struck the still errant James Pattinson for off-side boundaries.

Harris broke through again, one delivery after Anderson had edged low but at catchable height between wicketkeeper and slip, again finding the edge as Haddin did the rest this time.

Broad and Swann were not about to go quietly, however, climbing into a succession of boundaries - including three from England's new number 11 in one over off Harris.

It was not until Pattinson returned for one last spell that he finally got his first wicket to close the innings, Broad edging behind on the back foot for Haddin's fifth catch - a dismissal confirmed by DRS.


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