Ashes

England inch closer to victory

2010-12-06 09:52
Mike Hussey (AP)
Adelaide - Kevin Pietersen struck vital blows with bat and ball against Australia on Monday as England moved into a winning position in the second Ashes Test.

After scoring a career-high 227 in England's first innings of 620 for five declared, Pietersen dismissed Michael Clarke for 80 in the last over to seriously dent Australia's resistance and leave the hosts hoping that forecast rain on Tuesday will wash out the fifth and final day.

Australia was 238-4 at stumps on day four, still 137 adrift with three sessions remaining.

Clarke and Mike Hussey (44 not out) put on 104 for the fourth wicket before the Australian vice-captain pushed a ball from part-time spinner Pietersen to Alastair Cook at short leg. The umpire initially rejected England's appeals but the decision was successfully challenged in a fitting finish to a brilliant day for Pietersen.

His double century helped England to a 375-run first innings lead and exposed even more concerns for Australia's misfiring bowling attack - which has taken only six wickets at a cost of more than 1 100 in England's last two innings.

Before Pietersen's breakthrough, despite pressure from Graeme Swann - who bowled 34 straight overs from the Cathedral End - and Steven Finn, England had rarely troubled the Australian fourth-wicket pair before or after the 57-minute postponement for bad light and heavy rain in the third session.

Earlier, Simon Katich (43), Ricky Ponting (9) and Shane Watson (57) fell during the middle session to leave Australia three-down at tea.

The Australia openers had survived unscathed until lunch before Swann struck twice shortly after the resumption.

He had Katich caught behind to a ball moving away from the left-hander. Ponting played positively hitting Swann for two boundaries before he was deceived by a top-spinning delivery and edged to Paul Collingwood at slip.

Stuart Broad dropped a tough caught-and-bowled chance from Watson after the ball was driven back at him. Shortly afterwards the fast bowler left the field with a strained stomach muscle and did not bowl for the rest of day four.

Watson didn't last much longer before he nicked Finn to Andrew Strauss at slip. Finn was England's most dangerous paceman, and particularly troubled Hussey with reverse swinging deliveries.

Earlier in the day, England added 69 runs in 41 minutes to its overnight score of 551-4 but elected not to push to surpass its highest ever total batting in Australia: 636 all out scored in Sydney in 1928.

Ian Bell ended the innings on 68 not out, Prior scored 27 off just 21 deliveries.

Teams:

Australia: SM Katich, SR Watson, RT Ponting (capt), MJ Clarke, MEK Hussey, MJ North, BJ Haddin (wk), XJ Doherty, PM Siddle, RJ Harris, DE Bollinger

England: AJ Strauss (capt), AN Cook, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, IR Bell, MJ Prior (wk), SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson, ST Finn

Read more on:    ashes  |  mike hussey  |  michael clarke
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Australia v England, Melbourne Cricket Ground 01:30
Thursday, 04 January 2018
Australia v England, Sydney Cricket Ground 01:30
Sunday, 14 January 2018
Australia v England, Melbourne Cricket Ground 00:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Who will win the 2017 edition of the Ashes?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.