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Last Updated: Friday, 26 August 2005, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
England put Australia on the rack
Fourth Ashes Test, Trent Bridge, day two:
England 477 v Australia 99-5

Matthew Hoggard claimed three wickets for England

An Andrew Flintoff century and three wickets from Matthew Hoggard put England in control of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Flintoff (102) and Geraint Jones (85) staged a 177-run partnership to help England go from 241-5 to 477 all out.

Hoggard and Simon Jones then put in a stunning burst to have Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn lbw.

Hoggard next snared Justin Langer and Michael Clarke was lbw off the last ball as Australia closed on 99-5.

Simon Katich, who was dropped by Ian Bell off his first ball from Hoggard, will resume in the morning on 20, with Steve Harmison's late strike giving next man Adam Gilchrist plenty of time to think about facing his first ball.

England had begun the day on 229-4, and the momentum looked to be swinging Australia's way when Brett Lee had Kevin Pietersen caught behind by Gilchrist for 45 in the fifth over.

But Flintoff and Jones responded brilliantly under pressure to put together the biggest partnership of the series so far.

Shane Warne gave Flintoff some early trouble, but the all-rounder soon went after the leg-spinner and brought up his 50 with a six over mid-wicket.

Three Flintoff fours in one Shaun Tait over helped take the score on to 344-5 at lunch, and Jones - on 34 - survived a confident caught behind appeal from Lee off the first ball of the new session to make Australia suffer further.

Flintoff gave Michael Kasprowicz the same treatment he had given Tait and, after a nervy couple of overs stuck on 99, he had his fifth Test century.

It was his first against Australia, reached off 121 balls and containing 14 fours and a six.

Soon after, Flintoff became Tait's third victim of the match when he tried to swing the ball away over square leg, it hit his pads and umpire Steve Bucknor sent him on his way.

Jones was 15 runs short of his century when he was caught and bowled by Kasprowicz, and Ashley Giles went lbw next ball for 15 as he tried to sweep Warne.

Andrew Flintoff hits out against Australia
Flintoff has tormented Australia with either bat or ball all series
Warne then had Harmison stumped for two and, after a last-wicket stand of 23 from Hoggard (10) and Simon Jones (15 not out), he picked up his fourth wicket when Hoggard was caught behind.

While the Australian bowlers had struggled to produce much swing with the ball, Hoggard was in devastating form from the start.

He had a big appeal turned down after hitting Langer on the pads, but there was no doubt when Hoggard pinned Hayden (seven) right in front of the stumps with a superb delivery.

The score soon went from 20-1 to 22-3 as England turned the screw.

Simon Jones persuaded umpire Bucknor to raise the finger when he nipped one back into Ponting's pads, the Australia captain looking at the edge of his bat as he departed for one as if to suggest there had been contact.

There was even more doubt about Aleem Dar's decision to give Martyn lbw for one after the batsman appeared to have got an inside edge.

Langer played some good shots to move on to 27, but he was soon on his way when a ball from Hoggard caught the glove and looped into the air, Bell taking a fine catch diving forward.

Australia looked set to survive without further mishap until Harmison got the last ball of the day to nip back into Clarke's pads and Bucknor gave him out for 36.


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