Katich and Ponting put Australia on top


Day 2 witnessed more drama.Australia piled on the agony for England despite the latter building up a healthy total of 435.Katich and Ponting scored chance less hundreds to take Australia to 249/1,thus in a commanding position on the second day.England worked really hard but Australia always had an answer to them.The lack of swing and poor direction lead to a dismal show by England.

Ending on a healthy 336/7,England tail continued the onslaught on the patchy Australian bowlers.Johnson sent back Broad early but Anderson and Swann put in a display of sensible batting.They did really well to take their team past 400 and put the kangaroos on the backseat.Anderson made 24 and Swann made 47 to power England to 435.Australia need a solid start to pep England back and the openers Phil Hughes and Katich did exactly that.Australia were 39/0 by lunch but the onus was on England to continue to their positivity.

England came back from lunch firing.Flintoff bowled a fiery spell of fast bowling and removed a dangerous looking Phil Hughes for 36.There were a few nervous moments later but such was Australia’s determination they didn’t even offer them a half chance.Katich and Ponting batted splendidly and built the innings step by step,session by session.The left hand-right hand combination did it for the kangaroos.It was a delight to watch them bat.England didn’t have any joy though and were left spellbound.Australia built a perfect platform for a 500+ score.Well still England can make amends with a good performance in the morning session of the third day.

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