England thrashed Australia by 347 runs to win the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Sunday with more than a day to spare. Victory saw Ashes-holders England go 2-0 up in the five-match series.
Only once in Ashes history have a side come from 2-0 down to win a series when Australia, inspired by Don Bradman, cricket’s greatest batsman, triumphed 3-2 on home soil in 1936/37.
Australia, set a mammoth 583 to win Sunday, were bowled out for 235 on the fourth day after Joe Root, who earlier made 180 in England’s second innings 349 for seven declared, sparked a collapse with his occasional off-spin.
It looked as if Australia’s last-wicket duo might see out the day, with England claiming the extra half hour.
There were just three balls left in the day’s play when off-spinner Graeme Swann, who took five for 44 in Australia’s meagre first innings 128, ended James Pattinson’s two hours of resistance by having him lbw for 35. Swann finished with innings figures of four for 78 for a match haul of nine for 122.
Last man Ryan Harris, who had impressed with his bowling in the first innings, was 16 not out after defying England for more than an hour.
No side has ever made more to win in a fourth innings of a Test than West Indies’ 418 for seven against Australia at St John’s in 2002/03.
The third Test at Old Trafford starts on August 1 giving players a nine-day break.
Warner disowns Brother’s comments
Australia’s out-of-favour opener David Warner distanced himself from a nasty comment by his brother Steven that lashed out at all-rounder Shane Watson. Steven, in a twitter rant on Friday said: “Fucking selfish Watson sooner your out if the side you great pretender the better.”
David was fined last month after attacking Australian journalists on Twitter for criticising him.
On Sunday, David Warner issued a statement through CA to damage caused by his brother’s attack on Watson, who has been under huge pressure.