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Ponting dismissed for one as England strike back

cricket Updated: Dec 17, 2010 14:54 IST

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England paceman Steve Finn struck back for England by removing Phillip Hughes for 12 and Ricky Ponting for one as Australia slumped to 34-2 in their second innings in the third Ashes Test in Perth on Friday.

The struggling Australian captain, having managed 12 in the first innings following a duck and nine in the second Test at Adelaide, feathered a catch off his glove to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

England appealed for a review after Ponting was given not out and celebrated after the TV replay showed he had touched the ball.

Finn earlier continued Hughes's struggles, coaxing a nick from the 22-year-old opener that went straight to Paul Collingwood's safe hands at third slip.

Australia earlier bowled England out for 187 to take an 81-run lead at the WACA ground but will need to survive another hour's play to stumps.