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Australia won by 39 runs.

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The NatWest Series
Australia 249-8 (C J Ferguson 55) v England 210 (P D Collingwood 56)
Australia beat England by 39 runs

Australia moved into a 2-0 lead in the seven-match NatWest Series with a 39-run victory over England at Lord's.

A defiant half-century from Paul Collingwood was not enough to prevent the tourists doubling their advantage - despite the fact they are still yet to fire with the bat

England simply failed to learn their lessons from the loss at The Brit Oval on Friday, wasting a 74-run opening stand to be bowled out for 210.

Brett Lee ended their limp efforts at the start of the 47th over by yorking Collingwood, who had been left to take the batting power play with just last-man James Anderson for company.

As well as the impressive Lee, Mitchell Johnson claimed two wickets having earlier shifted the momentum of the contest with a brutal 23-ball knock.


The all-rounder belted 43 not out in the closing stages of a faltering batting display which had relied upon a second successive 50 from Callum Ferguson.

Put into bat in the morning under slightly cloudy skies, Australia did well enough against the new ball before losing three wickets for 11 runs.

Shane Watson was the first to go, driving Tim Bresnan, in for the injured Stuart Broad who was ruled out with a neck problem, to cover on 34.

Having taken the catch to get the initial breakthrough, Luke Wright then worked wonders with the ball, getting Tim Paine (27) well caught out in the deep by Eoin Morgan before Michael Clarke (four) gloved a well-aimed bouncer from the all-rounder through to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Ferguson combined with Cameron White to repair the situation before the golden arm of Ravi Bopara ended their 69-run alliance with his first delivery, getting the latter caught behind for 42.

Having held on to his place ahead of Adil Rashid, who had been left out despite impressing with both bat and ball in the series opener, Graeme Swann reminded people why he is still England's first-choice slow bowler in limited overs cricket by picking up 2-31 from his eight overs.

He spun one past the outside edge of Michael Hussey's blade to bowl the left-hander for eight and then trapped James Hopes (11) leg before sweeping.

Ferguson followed next when he was clean bowled by Anderson for 55 and when Lee hit Ryan Sidebottom straight to cover in the batting power play, Australia were struggling at 208-8.

Johnson continued to attack, though, using a mixture of deft sweeps and powerful blows, to add 42 off the final 4.1 overs with Nathan Hauritz (10 no).

The late onslaught didn't seem to be that crucial when Andrew Strauss and Bopara put England on course for a series-levelling victory, only for a top-order collapse to quickly halt their progress.

Crucial blow

Watson dismissed Bopara and Prior in consecutive overs before Hauritz struck a crucial blow, taking a return catch off a leading edge from Strauss, who had up until then moved serenely through to 47.

Owais Shah's careless mix-up with Collingwood left the score at 97-4 and when Morgan went lbw to Johnson half the side had gone for 129.

A quick-fire 20 from Wright offered hope until Lee had him caught behind off a feather of an edge. Bresnan contributed just five, leaving the tail with plenty of work to do in the closing stages.

Swann tried his best yet his aggressive intent failed to lead to the power play being taken, and when he was bowled by Bracken for 14 the situation looked beyond the home team.

When the fielding restrictions were finally in place Collingwood had only the number 11 for company. England will hope to have come up with a better plan by the time the sides meet in the third ODI on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl.

Match Details

6th Sep 2009
I J Gould and A L Hill


Batsman R
Strauss c&b Hauritz 47
Bopara lbw b Watson 27
Prior c Paine b Watson 1
Shah run out 12
Collingwood b Lee 56
Morgan lbw b Johnson 14
Wright c Paine b Lee 20
Bresnan c Paine b Johnson 5
Swann b Bracken 14
Sidebottom b Bracken 0
Anderson not out 0
Extras 1nb, 6w, 5b, 2lb 14
Total All out, 46.1 Overs 210
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Lee 8.1 0 22 2
Bracken 10 1 37 2
Johnson 9 1 50 2
Hopes 3 0 22 0
Hauritz 9 0 46 1
Watson 7 1 26 2
Full Bowling Card