England secure Adelaide win to take Ashes series lead

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graeme swann

England dismissed Australia for 304 on the final day to storm to victory by an innings and 71 runs in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Mike Hussey’s dismissal triggered a collapse that ran right through the Australian tail, with James Anderson and Graeme Swann taking the lower order apart in emphatic style.

The tourists got straight to work as forecasts of afternoon rain threatened to dampen their chances of taking a 1-0 lead.

Marcus North escaped an early review off Swann who did not do enough to prevent Andrew Strauss from taking the new ball.

A misfield from substitute fielder Eoin Morgan, on for the injured Stuart Broad who has been ruled out of the rest of the series with an abdominal strain, allowed Hussey to reach his 50.

But his joy was short-lived as Steven Finn removed Hussey when the Australian attempted to pull a length ball far too close to his body, just as he had done in Brisbane. The ball flew up in the air and Anderson made no mistake.

Anderson then did his job with the new ball, swinging it past Brad Haddin’s edge with regularity before he eventually took the bat and Matt Prior held the catch.

A vicious in-swinger trapped Ryan Harris lbw, as he became only the second Australian to record a king pair alongside Adam Gilchrist. Harris reviewed the decision but it was upheld.

North followed in the next over, Swann span one from straight which took the pad before the bat and was given out on appeal; England taking three wickets in just four deliveries.

The chaos continued as Peter Siddle blocked Swann and the ball span back to roll onto the stumps, but the bails remained unmoved. Xavier Doherty was then bowled through the gate by Swann as he took his fourth wicket to put England on the brink of victory.

The England off-spinner then sealed the win, also bowling Siddle through the gate to claim his fifth wicket of the innings.

The sides can now enjoy a break before the third Test gets underway in Perth 15 December at the WACA.

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