Fiji Time: 8:44 PM on Thursday 19 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Aussie attack destroys England

Aap
Sunday, January 05, 2014

SYDNEY - Australia's dynamic pace attack have decimated England on day two of the fifth Test, putting the home side in a position where only a record-breaking chase can deny them an Ashes whitewash at the SCG.

A mentally broken England will need to produce a minor miracle if they're to avoid an unwanted place in history, with Australia going to stumps at 4-140 already holding a commanding lead of 311.

England suffered the second worst collapse of an already disastrous series to be all out for 155 at tea, surrendering a 171-run deficit.

Ryan Harris (3-36) and Mitchell Johnson (3-33) delivered a devastating opening spell, before Peter Siddle (3-23) did the rest.

The highest successful fourth-innings chase at the SCG was Australia's 2-288 against South Africa in 2006.

But if Chris Rogers (73 not out) can make his second ton of the series and George Bailey (20no) can produce a career-saving knock, Australia will be hoping to press into world record territory by setting a target of 400 plus.

Australia suffered another worrying top order slide of their own to lose 4-91 in the final session, but not for the first time this series, their failings are unlikely to matter thanks to the form of the bowlers and the incompetence of England's batsmen.

Thirteen wickets fell on an action-packed day two, after England resumed on 1-8.

After 70 deliveries they were in complete disarray having lost a further four wickets for just 17 runs to be 5-23.

At that point chief executives from Cricket Australia, the SCG and the McGrath Foundation might have been tearing their hair out at the prospect of a two-day Test.

England crawled their way past 127 runs to avoid the follow on, but it seems only a matter of time until the third 5-0 clean-sweep in Ashes history is secured.

Only two England batsmen made it out of the teens, Stuart Broad (30 not out) and impressive allrounder Ben Stokes, who was bowled by Siddle for a top score of 47.

England's top five batsmen produced a top score of 7 - an all-time low - with six players recording single-figure scores.

Nathan Lyon took a wicket, but once again the fireworks came from a pace-attack that's survived unchanged through the series and been described by Glenn McGrath as the equal of any he's seen.

Harris' trapped Alastair Cook with the second ball of the day and should have been on a hat-trick when Ian Bell was dropped a ball later by Shane Watson at slip.

Johnson (34 wickets for the series) then cranked up the heat on nightwatchman James Anderson, before Harris returned to remove Kevin Pietersen.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63750.6185
JPY 55.628252.6282
GBP 0.39210.3841
EUR 0.45550.4435
NZD 0.68430.6513
AUD 0.64840.6234
USD 0.49010.4731

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 18th January, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fire breaks out in Nadi Town
  2. Tribunal rules on title
  3. Facebook defamation
  4. Future stars
  5. Fire destroys Jacks Fiji warehouse
  6. Date set for national census
  7. Champion on track in youth 7s
  8. Fiji 7s team to Wellington named
  9. Put differences aside, says chief
  10. Fijian inclusion in French Six Nations squad

Top Stories this Week

  1. Radrodro cops $10k fine for facebook rant Wednesday (18 Jan)
  2. Brothers appear for alleged assault, granted bail Saturday (14 Jan)
  3. Barber opens new $75k investment Friday (13 Jan)
  4. Ministry to defend its workers Wednesday (18 Jan)
  5. Police investigate officer's testimony Friday (13 Jan)
  6. Tractor to help farmers overcome labour shortage Friday (13 Jan)
  7. Institution faces probe Friday (13 Jan)
  8. QVS opening delayed Sunday (15 Jan)
  9. Snap search uncovers contraband in remand centre Sunday (15 Jan)
  10. Morning blaze destroys home Saturday (14 Jan)