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Aussies trip on Anderson’s fiver

cricket Updated: Aug 01, 2009 01:29 IST
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Bad light halted play with England on 116 for two on the second day of the third Ashes Test on Friday.

England captain Andrew Strauss was unbeaten on 64 with Ian Bell on 26. Ravi Bopara was out just after tea for 23, playing a ball from seamer Ben Hilfenhaus on to his stumps. Alastair Cook was dismissed for no score.

Earlier, England fast bowlers James Anderson and Graham Onions ripped out Australia for 263.

Onions struck with the first two balls of the day to dismiss Shane Watson and Michael Hussey and he also removed Australia captain Ricky Ponting in an inspired spell of seam bowling. Anderson sent back Michael Clarke, Marcus North, Mitchell Johnson and Graham Manou in quick succession just before the interval.

Onions settled quickly into his rhythm after Australia resumed on 126 for one.

Ponting breaks Border’s record

Australia captain Ricky Ponting overtook Allan Border as his country’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket on the second day of the third Ashes Test against England here on Friday.

Ponting needed just 25 runs at the start of his innings to surpass former captain Border’s mark of 11,174 runs and move up into third place in the all-time list of Test run-scorers.

The Tasmanian, resuming on 17 not out here at Edgbaston, required just eight more runs Friday and an uncertain clip off his legs for three off fast bowler Andrew Flintoff saw him to the record in 22 fewer matches than it had taken Border to compile his career total

But with Australia 1-0 down in the Ashes with three matches to play, earlier Ponting has said his focus was on team success rather than individual milestones.