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Last Updated: Friday December 03 2010 09:05 GMT

In pics: the story of the 2nd Ashes test

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England went into the first day of the second test in great form - having batted brilliantly to draw their first match against Australia.

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Andrew Strauss decided his team should bowl first - and England make a great start. Jimmy Anderson took two quick wickets.

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Australia weren't batting very well at all - and looked in trouble before Mike Hussey scored a neat 92.

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But then Graeme Swann got into his stride and took on Australia's danger man...

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...And you know what happened next - Swanny struck and took Hussey's wicket. Australia were all out for 245... a poor score.

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England batted for a few overs before the end of the day. Aussie captain Ricky Ponting shared some angry words with Andrew Strauss as they left the field.

AlistairCook

England went into to bat - and put in an amazing performance! Alistair Cook scored a huge 148.

Kevin Pietersen

While Kevin Pietersen joined in the fun with 227 runs of his own. It meant England scored 620 and pretty much had two days to bowl the Aussies out.

Ricky Ponting

It started well with Australia's captain Ricky Ponting being bowled out for nine!

Michael Clarke

Then Michael Clarke gave the home team hope as he settled in with 80 runs.

Kevin Pietersen

But could this be one of THE big moments of this ashes!? With the last ball of the day Kevin Pietersen (who doesn't really bowl) gets Clarke out!

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The weather might be a problem for England - if it rains it could mean they won't get a chance to take the last six wickets.

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So... all England had to do on the last day was bowl out the last six Australian batsmen and they'd win.

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And they got off to a great start when Steven Finn got Mike Hussey out - but could they keep it going?

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Oh yes they could! Jimmy Anderson then took two wickets in two balls - and the win was really close for England.

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In the end Andrew Strauss' men bowled their rivals out in just 90 minutes before the rain could stop play.

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They won by 71 runs and only had to bat once to score more than Australia! Next stop - Perth, and England are now the favourites to keep hold of the ashes.