Australia in deep trouble as wickets tumble after lunch

Graham Swann

Swann helped himself to 3 wickets as England ran riot, taking six Australian wickets in one session.

Afternoon session summary: 54-6 (28 overs)

Australia lost wickets at regular interval after lunch as England tightened their grip on the match on Day 2 at Lord's. It all started off in bizarre fashion as Swann trapped Rogers LBW in his second over. Swann's delivery more fitting for a 2nd team village match was a horrible waist high full toss. The response from Chris Rogers however was equally uninspiring. Instead of depositing it to the midwicket boundry, the 35 year old swung too early, missed the ball which hit him on the full. With only one review left Rogers decided against reviewing the decision, one which DRS proved to be a wrong one.Hawkeye showed the ball would've comfortably missed leg stump.

Three overs later Phil Hughes made another DRS error, wrongly reviewing an edge from Tim Bresnan. Australia were struggling at 53-3 and it got worse for them as Swann induced a false shot from Khawaja. The no.3 batsman miscued a drive after a sustained period of pressure from the England off spinner.  The ball went high into the sky and despite being partially blinded by the sun Kevin Pietersen took a decent catch at mid off, Australia were now reeling at 69-4.

An understandably nervous looking Steven Smith walked out to the square, presumably a lot earlier than he anticipated this morning. He didn't last long. The tactic of tentatively pushing at Swann hasn't worked for a lot of batsmen in the past and Smith was no different. A simple inside edge was taken from a bat poked forward shyly as Ian Bell took a brilliant catch at short leg. If ever there was a time Australia needed their captain to step up and play a match saving innings, this was it. He started off well enough, playing some positive strokes and using his feet well to Swann. However when Broad angled one into his pads and had him leg before on 28, the Aussies were in total disarray. Clarke couldn't review it even if he wanted to, there weren't any reviews left. Not that it would've mattered, it was stone dead. A mix up between Agar and Haddin just before tea meant Australia finished the session 265 runs behind. The teenager was left stranded by Haddin as Australia went into the break on 96-7.

Key Moment

Clarke wicket: Stuart Broad contributed valuable runs this morning for England and took the crucial wicket of Michael Clarke. The Australian skipper was looking to attack and was untroubled up until the point Broad trapped him in front. It was Broad's only contribution of the session, but an extremely important one for England.

Man of the Session

Graemme Swann: The Rogers dismissal might have been a freak one, but Swann bowled with aggression and control to create pressure from his end. The way in which he seduced Khawaja into a false shot was very impressive. The English off spinner took 3 out of the 6 wickets for England in a session which may well have won them the test match.

Poor shot selection

Regardless of DRS reviewing blunders Rogers, Khawaja and Hughes were all guilty of getting themselves out. Rogers missed a waist high full toss. Khawaja needlessly played an aggressive uppish shot against Swann and Hughes wafted at a wide one he should've left well alone. Being critical of the batsmen is an easy game as a spectator, however performance analysts in the Australian camp will do well to show these three batsmen footage of the Ian Bell innings from yesterday. Bell's magnificent innings was built on great temperament and concentration, something perhaps lacking in the Australian top order of late.

What next?

Yesterday is a distant memory for the Australians. England not only won this session but have all but made sure the visitors have no chance of winning this game. They are now firmly in control of this match and will be looking to bowl Australia out cheaply in the final session. The task of building a mammoth lead will then begin to set up what looks increasingly like another Ashes win at Lord's.

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