The Ashes, 2nd Test: Root scores 178 as England take lead of 566 at stumps on Day 3

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 20, 2013, 3:25 PM IST
The Ashes, 2nd Test: Root scores 178 as England take lead of 566 at stumps on Day 3

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England off-spinner Graeme Swann dominated a bizarre second day of the second Ashes Test with 5 for 44 as Australia were bundled out for just 128 at Lord's on Friday.

But just as the tourists appeared to be heading towards a second straight defeat in the five-match series, fast bowler Peter Siddle led a spirited fightback with the wickets of Alastair Cook (8), Jonathan Trott (0) and Kevin Pietersen (5) as England were reduced to 31-3 at stumps. Siddle was 3-4 from five overs.

Joe Root was 18 not out and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan was yet to score. Root had also enjoyed some fortune when he edged Shane Watson between wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and first slip Michael Clarke when on 8. Seemingly, Haddin should have attempted a routine catch.

First Published: July 20, 2013, 3:25 PM IST

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