Australia vs England 4th Test Day 2: Anderson and Broad lead England’s counterattack

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Broad and Anderson turned the tables on Australia

England’s pace duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson led the tourist’s counterattack on the second day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after being dominated by Australia on the first day.

Broad and Anderson took three wickets apiece and left Australia trailing by 91 runs with only one wicket in hand at the end of the day.

Starting out the day on 226/6, England batsman Kevin Pietersen and pace bowler Tim Bresnan were only able to add four runs onto their 10-run partnership before Mitchell Johnson bowled a brute of a bouncer, which ended up flying off the shoulder of Bresnan’s bat and right into the hands of George Bailey at square leg.

Just four balls later, Pietersen, who had done extremely well yesterday, was clean bowled by Johnson for 71 off 161 balls, which included five boundaries and a six.

Just a few overs later, Broad was on his way back to the pavilion when he was given out lbw to become Johnson’s fifth victim of the match.

Broad reviewed the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit the stumps, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Monty Panesar could only make two runs before being cleaned up by Nathan Lyon.

Johnson recorded his 10th five-wicket haul, while Ryan Harris snapped up two wickets and Lyon, Peter Siddle and Shane Watson chipped in with one wicket apiece as England were bowled out for 255.

Trailing by 255, Australia got off to a rocky start as opening batsman David Warner was caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson for just nine runs.

Watson also failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Ben Stokes for only 10 runs.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke also scored 10 runs before being clean bowled to become Anderson’s second victim of the day.

Steven Smith managed to amass 19 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Ian Bell at second slip off the bowling of Stuart Broad.

Following Smith’s dismissal, Australia lost Chris Rogers, who scored 61 off 171 deliveries, which included eight boundaries, and George Bailey, who failed to score a single run, in quick succession.

Bailey’s wicket led to the entire lower order collapsing and Australia found themselves in deep trouble at 164/9 before the umpires bailed them out by bringing play to an end.

Haddin finished on 43 off 49 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, while Lyon has yet to face a ball.

Anderson and Broad were the pick of the English bowlers with three wickets apiece, while Bresnan snapped up two and Stokes chipped in with one.

Australia ended the day on 164/9 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 23:30 GMT (previous day).

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