Welcome back Johnson…

 

A nightmare for England, the line clearly defines the 2nd day of 3rd test. England began the day hoping to finish off the deficit comfortably but Mitchell Johnson had some other plans in his mind.

England started their innings at 29-0….

, English openers continued the good work building a strong opening partnership of 78 runs. At 78, Johnson picked his first wicket of the series by dismissing Cook. After that, Johnson kept picking up wickets dismissing Trott and Pietersen in very next over.

Harris didn’t wait long and joined the party, taking crucial wicket of English captain Strauss and suddenly England fall to 93 for 4. Johnson got another price wicket of Collingwood before lunch to stun England at 101-5.

At lunch, England were 119 for 5 still trailing by 149 runs. Even, after lunch things didn’t improve Johnson, Siddle and Harris continued their rampage limiting England to just 187 runs and provided their team with all important 1st innings lead of 81 runs.

Mitchell Johnson after scoring 50 on his comeback picked 6 wickets, conceding just 38 runs.

With healthy lead of 81, Australians started their innings with much more calmness. Openers scored 31 runs from 12 overs, before Hughes was dismissed by Finn. He soon dispatched Ponting for just one run who failed again. Clarke began his innings with aggression but Tremlet soon shut his month by destabilizing his stumps. He scored 20 runs with 4 fours.

‘Mr.Cricket’ Mike Hussey, the man in form joined Watson at 64-3 and remained there till the end of an exhausting day. By  stumps, Australia had scored 119 runs while losing 3 wickets. Their lead was then exactly 200.

Player Of The Day: It was Johnson for sure for his 6 wickets.

Flop Of The Day: After losing 10 wickets for just over 100 runs, England must expecting quite a lot from Swann in bowling but he bowled 4 overs out of 32 and gave away 26 runs.

In total 13 wickets fall in the whole day and 277 runs were scored.

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