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England pace has Australia reeling in test

ENGLAND fast bowlers James Anderson and Graham Onions ripped out Australia for 263 on the second day of the third Ashes test in Birmingham yesterday. England reached 56 for one in reply at tea with captain Andrew Strauss on 33 and Ravi Bopara on 23.

Australia had started the day at 126 for one.

Onions struck with the first two balls of the day to dismiss Shane Watson and Michael Hussey and he also removed Australia captain Ricky Ponting in an inspired spell of seam bowling.

Anderson sent back Michael Clarke, Marcus North, Mitchell Johnson and Graham Manou in quick succession just before the interval.

Onions trapped Watson LBW for 62 and bowled Hussey when the left-hander misjudged the line and was bowled offering no stroke.

Ponting and Clarke took the total to 163 and the former became Australia's highest run-scorer in tests when he reached 25.

But he added only 13 more before falling to Onions, deceived by the pace as he attempted an ambitious hook and edging a catch to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Clarke was badly dropped by Andrew Flintoff at second slip, also off Onions but he looked in good touch until he missed an inswinger from Anderson and was adjudged LBW for 29.


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