Batting collapse leaves Australia reeling

17:58, Jul 19 2013
Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook watches after he edged a ball to the slips.
Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook cops the first ball of the day in the body.
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England players Steven Finn and Alastair Cook with Queen Elizabeth and MCC president Mike Griffith.
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Queen Elizabeth meets Australia rookie sensation Ashton Agar before the second test.
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Ryan Harris returned to the Australian lineup and made an immediate impact.
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Ian Bell celebrates his century on the first day of the second test.
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England's Ian Bell plays a shot through the off-side during his innings of 109.
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Part-time bowler Steve Smith points skyward after snaring the wicket of Ian Bell.
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Steve Smith high-fives Phil Hughes after dismissing Jonny Bairstow.
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Phil Hughes slides into the boundary marker as he attempts to stop a four.
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Alastair Cook (left) and Kevin Pietersen (right) watch from the balcony with Graham Gooch.
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Ryan Harris salutes the pavilion after taking his fifth wicket in England's first innings.
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Stuart Broad plays a hook shot during his innings of 33.
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Tim Bresnan successfully appeals for the LBW dismissal of Shane Watson.
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Australian coach Darren Lehman tucks into some breakfast at the start of day two.
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View of the media centre at Lord's on day two.
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Captain Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehman try to work out what went wrong.
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Tim Bresnan and the English slip cordon go up for an appeal.
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Australian batsman Usman Khawaja is dropped at first slip by Jonathan Trott.
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Chris Rogers is trapped in front by Graeme Swann as he misses a pull shot.
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Ryan Harris, left, and James Pattinson of Australia walk off after England's victory.
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Graeme Swann of England is mobbed by team mates after taking the final wicket of James Pattinson.
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Michael Clarke looks back as he is caught by Alastair Cook of England.
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Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior of England celebrate after Michael Clarke is dismissed.

Australia's batting descended into complete farce on day two of the second Test at Lord's, with their series hopes hanging by a thread.

On another crazy day of Ashes cricket, 16 wickets fell in total.

Despite the earlier bloodshed with the bat, lion-hearted Peter Siddle (3-4) delivered a fighting, against-the-odds performance for Australia in the final session to leave England 3-31 in their second innings at stumps.

But so much more is needed to save Australia from Ashes crisis, with England enjoying a commanding 264-run lead.

The highest successful chase at Lord's was 344 runs by West Indies against England in 1984.

Joe Root is 18 not out and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan yet to score.

Triggered by another butchering of the decision review process, Australia lost 10 wickets for 86 runs in 41 overs earlier friday. They were all out for 128 in reply to England's first innings of 361.

The Ashton Agar effect was over and Darren Lehmann's honeymoon period officially ended.

It will go down as one of Australia's most catastrophic batting performances, even from a team that, in recent times, has been no stranger to collapses.

Terrible use of DRS, compounded by embarrassing shot selection sent Australia plummeting from 0-42 in the over before lunch, to be all out midway through the final session.

Graeme Swann finished with 5-44, but the Australians only had themselves to blame.

Aside from Shane Watson and Chris Rogers' opening stand, Australia's 10th wicket partnership was their next best.

Just two batsmen passed 20 and seven fell for 10 or less.

Australia's first innings lasted three and a half hours - the same amount of time it took Jonny Bairstow to make 67 for England in their first dig.

The batting failure was a huge slap in the face for the bowlers, in particular Ryan Harris.

He completed a brilliant five-wicket haul in the morning, but the injury-prone quick was being asked to roll through the overs again in the afternoon.

Watson challenged when he shouldn't have, Rogers (15) walked when he should have challenged, and Phil Hughes was either just as silly or an unlucky victim of DRS confusion.

By wasting his lbw review when plumb, Watson directly impacted on Rogers' decision to not challenge his going down leg - with Australia learning nothing from their DRS failures at Trent Bridge.

Usman Khawaja played a shocking shot in his Test return, skying Swann to mid-on, and there was the elementary run-out of Agar.

The comedy capers continued when back into the field - Brad Haddin letting a regulation keeper's catch from Joe Root fly through to the boundary off Watson's bowling in the fourth over.

Siddle struck with three wickets in four overs to get rid of Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen, but Australia will need a miracle to avoid going 2-0 down in the series, with the pitch to continue breaking up as the match goes on.


1) Ryan Harris (2013)
2) Glenn McGrath (2005, 2001, 1997)
3) Jason Gillespie (2001)
4) Terry Alderman (1989)
5) Craig McDermott (1985)
6) Bob Holland (1985)
7) Geoff Lawson(1981)
8) Lenny Pascoe (1980)
9) Bob Massie (1972 - twice)
10) Alan Davidson (1961)
11) Graham Mackenzie (1961)
12) Keith Miller (1956 - twice)
13) Ray Lindwall (1953, 1948)
14) Ernie Toshack (1948)
15) Clarrie Grimmett (1930)
16) Warwick Armstrong (1909)
17) Ernie Jones (1899)
18) George Giffen (1893)
19) Charlie Turner (1893, twice in 1888)
20) Jack Lyons (1890)
21) John Ferris (1888)
22) Joey Palmer (1884)

Scoreboard at innings break on the second day of the second Test between Australia and England at Lord's (London):


First innings


A COOK lbw Watson 12
J ROOT lbw Harris 6
J TROTT c Khawaja b Harris 58
K PIETERSEN c Haddin b Harris 2
I BELL c Clarke b Smith 109
J BAIRSTOW c & b Smith 67
M PRIOR c Haddin b Smith 6
T BRESNAN c Haddin b Harris 7
J ANDERSON c Haddin b Harris 12
S BROAD c Haddin b Pattinson 33
G SWANN not out 28

Extras (11lb 4w 6nb) 21

Total 361
Fall: 18 (Cook), 26 (Root), 28 (Pietersen), 127 (Trott), 271 (Bell), 274 (Bairstow), 283 (Prior), 289 (Bresnan), 313 (Anderson), 361 (Broad).
Bowling: J Pattinson 20.1-3-95-1 (4w 3nb), R Harris 26-6-72-5, S Watson 13-4-45-1, P Siddle 22-6-76-0 (1nb), A Agar 13-2-44-0 (2nb), S Smith 6-1-18-3.


First innings

S WATSON lbw Bresnan 30
C ROGERS lbw Swann 15
U KHAWAJA c Pietersen b Swann 14
P HUGHES c Prior b Bresnan 1
M CLARKE lbw Broad 28
S SMITH c Bell b Swann 2
B HADDIN c Trott b Swann 7
A AGAR run out (Prior) 2
P SIDDLE c Swann b Anderson 2
J PATTINSON not out 10
R HARRIS c Pietersen b Swann 10

Extras (4b 1lb 2w) 7

Total 128
Fall: 42 (Watson), 50 (Rogers), 53 (Hughes), 69 (Khawaja), 86 (Smith), 91 (Clarke), 96 (Agar), 104 (Siddle), 104 (Haddin), 128 (Harris).
Bowling: J Anderson 14-8-25-1 (1w), S Broad 11-3-26-1 (1w), T Bresnan 7-1-28-2, G Swann 21.3-5-44-5.


Second innings

A COOK b Siddle 8 43 28 0 0
J ROOT not out 18 85 60 1 0
J TROTT b Siddle 0 8 6 0 0
K PIETERSEN c Rogers b Siddle 5 11 11 1 0
T BRESNAN not out 0 19 15 0 0

Extras 0

Total (for three wickets) 31
Fall: 22 (Cook), 22 (Trott), 30 (Pietersen).
Bowling: R Harris 5-1-12-0, S Watson 4-2-9-0, P Siddle 5-3-4-3, J Pattinson 5-3-5-0, S Smith 1-0-1-0.