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Ashes: England bowlers hit back on second morning

Ashes: England bowlers hit back on second morning

Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds combined to blunt England's attack in a 142-run sixth-wicket partnership Wednesday that restored Australia's edge in the fourth Ashes cricket test.
Hayden reached his 27th test hundred with a straight driven six and another drive to the long-on boundary in consecutive overs from Monty Panesar.
Symonds posted his third test half century, having joined his Queensland Bulls teammate with Australia at a precarious 84 for five after England's fast bowlers took 3-36 early on the second morning.
Australia was 226 for five at tea, a first-innings lead of 67 runs, with Hayden on 109 and Symonds on 61.
Hayden moved level with former skipper Allan Border into fourth on the all-time list of Australian century makers and seventh on the international list.
The English pacemen dominated the morning session after Australia resumed at 48 for two.
Andrew Flintoff, who took two wickets on consecutive balls late on the opening day, had an lbw appeal rejected against Ricky Ponting before having his rival captain caught at mid-wicket for seven.
The Australian total moved to 62-2 when Ponting miscued an attempted pull shot, four runs after he survived a confident shout for lbw to a ball that hit him on the knee roll and would have taken off stump.
Mike Hussey was clean bowled by Matthew Hoggard for six with the total at 79 and Michael Clarke scored five runs off as many deliveries before he feathered Steve Harmison's second ball to wicketkeeper Chris Read.
Flintoff had 3-60 from 17 overs, while Hoggard's figures were 1-72 in 19 overs and Harmison was 1-27 from 12.
Hayden had some narrow escapes after getting hit on the pads early in his innings but was steady in a five-hour innings that contained 11 boundaries boundaries and a six.
The usually freewheeling Symonds took 21 balls to get off the mark and crept to four off 32 balls by lunch before upping the tempo in the afternoon session. He reached his 50 from 79 balls with six boundaries.
The opening day belonged to 37-year-old legspinner Shane Warne, who bowled Andrew Strauss to capture an unprecedented 700th test wicket and then added Nos. 701-704 in quick succession.
He returned 5-39, his 37th five-wicket haul in a test innings, and was urged on by 89,155 people in his last international match at the MCG.
Strauss' 50 was the top score for England after Flintoff won the toss and elected to bat in moist and overcast conditions.
Australia has already reclaimed the Ashes after winning the first three tests and his now bidding to become only the second team to sweep a five-test Ashes series.


Updated : 2021-06-19 03:24 GMT+08:00