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Katich, Hussey lead Australia fightback

AUSTRALIA added 65 runs without losing a wicket in the afternoon session yesterday on the second day of the second Ashes test against England, reaching 87-2 after two rain interruptions allowed only 17 overs after lunch.

Opener Simon Katich was unbeaten on 40 from 83 balls and Mike Hussey had 37 as the Australians came through a good spell of pressure from England in London.

James Anderson claimed both wickets to have figures of 2-21 from 10 overs.

Earlier, England lost captain Andrew Strauss for 161 on the second ball of the day at Lord's, but Anderson hit 29 to put on 47 in 53 balls with Graham Onions for the last wicket to help the hosts total 425 after overcoming the loss of three quick wickets.

Anderson built on the momentum by having Phil Hughes caught down the leg side off his glove for four and then removed captain Ricky Ponting for two, albeit controversially.

Ponting was given out caught at first slip by Strauss after a debate between the umpires with input from the third umpire to check the ball had carried.

Replays suggested Ponting had struck his boot with his bat and leg before wicket would have been the correct dismissal from Rudi Koertzen, standing in his 100th test.

Ponting had to ignore his own disappointment as the teams lined up to be introduced to Queen Elizabeth II before taking lunch with Australia on 22-2.


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