July 20, 2009

HAULING OFF THE ASHES:

Andrew Flintoff carries England to historic Lord's victory (Times of London, 7/20/09)

Andrew Flintoff led England off the field after helping his side to wrap up the second npower Test at Lord's 15 minutes before lunch. Bowling flat out in a ten-over spell, he claimed the third five-wicket haul of his Test career - and the first since the 2005 Ashes - as England beat Australia at Lord's for the first time since 1934.

Australia began the day still 209 short of what would have been a record first-innings chase of 522 to win, but the loss of Brad Haddin to Flintoff's fourth ball in the second over of the day, ending a stand of 185 with Michael Clarke, effectively removed any prospect of a turnaround. Mitchell Johnson made 63 at No 8, but Flintoff and Graeme Swann combined to earn England a 115-run win.

Flintoff did not look like a man struggling against a career-threatening knee injury when he struck Clarke with a ball timed at 92.9mph, but it was Swann who ended the brilliant innings of the Australia vice-captain. Clarke was fooled by the flight of Swann's second ball, came forward and effectively yorked himself for 136, playing inside a ball that dipped.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 20, 2009 3:49 PM
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