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Strauss piles on agony for Australia
LONDON, Jul 18 (AFP)
Published on 19 Jul. 2009 12:17 AM IST
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: England captain Andrew Strauss continued to enjoy himself against Australia’s attack after deciding against enforcing the follow-on at England Strauss, who made 161 in the first innings, was 24 not out and fellow left-hander Alastair Cook, out for 95 first time around, was unbeaten on 32 after putting on 196 with his captain on Thursday. England, having escaped with a draw in last week’s series opener in Cardiff, were bidding to win their first Test against Australia at Lord’s in 75 years. They once more took a toll of left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson, whose three overs cost 17 runs, and even the normally reliable Ben Hilfenhaus was driven through extra-cover and pulled for four off successive balls by Cook. Strauss could have enforced the follow-on earlier Saturday after Australia were bowled out for 215 in reply to England’s first innings 425. That left Australia 11 runs shy of the follow-on avoidance target of 226 and meant England had a first innings lead of 210. Strauss though, perhaps mindful of how Sri Lanka in 2006 and South Africa last year - where the Proteas made 393 for three declared in their second innings - had saved Tests at Lord’s after following-on, decided England would bat again. That he had a choice Saturday was largely down to an accurate spell of bowling from Durham’s Graham Onions after Australia resumed on 156 for eight. Onions took two wickets for nine runs in three overs Saturday to finish the innings with three for 41 from 11. James Anderson, who starred with both bat and ball Friday, was unable to add to his haul but his return of four for 55 still represented his Test-best figures against Australia. Australia resumed Saturday with Nathan Hauritz and Peter Siddle both three not out. The ninth-wicket duo put on 44, aided by some wasteful bowling from seamer Stuart Broad before Hauritz steered Onions’s third ball Saturday to the pace bowler’s Durham team-mate Paul Collingwood, who took a sharp head-high catch at third slip. And Siddle’s Test-best innings of 35, off 47 balls with five fours, ended when Onions, again showing the value of bowling a good length, had him caught at first slip by Strauss.

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