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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 August 2005, 18:05 GMT 19:05 UK
England keep Aussies on back foot
Fourth Ashes Test, Trent Bridge, day three (stumps):
England 477 v Australia 218 & 222-4 (f-o)

Ricky Ponting has words with England fielders after being dismissed
If you want to take a run to the fielder and get run out, whose fault is that?
England coach Duncan Fletcher

Australia were left fighting to get back into the fourth Ashes Test after being made to follow on by a rampant England on day three at Trent Bridge.

The visitors closed on 222-4 in their second innings, with Michael Clarke and Simon Katich sharing 61 unbroken runs after Justin Langer struck a gritty 61.

Australia's deficit stood at 37 runs, having been made to follow on for the first time since 1988 and in 191 Tests.

Simon Jones earlier took 5-44 as the Aussies were dismissed for 218.

Jones removed Simon Katich (45) and Shane Warne with successive balls after a rapid start that saw Australia, 99-5 overnight in their first innings, clatter 58 runs in the opening nine overs.

Adam Gilchrist and Katich started the day with a clear intent of blazing Australia out of trouble.

The ploy worked initially, with an array of attacking shots gaining maximum return courtesy of an attacking field set by England captain Michael Vaughan.

Simon Jones
It was Jones' second five-wicket haul in as many Tests

One Matthew Hoggard over taken for 22 runs was highlighted by a monstrous Gilchrist six over long-on.

But Australia were back under the cosh when Jones replaced Hoggard at the Pavilion End.

Katich flashed at Jones' second ball, full-pitched and very wide, and holed out to Andrew Strauss at point five short of his fifty.

Shane Warne fell to the next ball when sending a leading edge to Ian Bell in the covers.

Brett Lee comfortably saw off the hat-trick ball, but England were made to wait just three overs for the next breakthrough.

Flintoff found Gilchrist's edge but the ball looked to be heading wide of second slip before Strauss, horizontal and airborne, pouched the ball with his outstretched left hand to pull off what must be the catch of the summer.

Jones then castled Michael Kaprowicz with a wicked out-swinging yorker, and with only debutant Shaun Tait to come Australia were 175-9.

Andrew Strauss catches Adam Gilchrist
Strauss takes a catch that will go down as an all-time great

But as at Edgbaston, Brett Lee (47 off 44 balls) made England work to confirm their superiority and some of his strokeplay was nothing short of violent.

Two of his three sixes disappeared out of the ground over mid-wicket, but attempting another he was caught on the third-man rope by Bell.

Vaughan did not waste the opportunity to make Australia bat again for the first time since Pakistan enforced the follow-on in Karachi 17 years ago.

Jones was rewarded with the new ball for his second five-wicket return in as many Tests, but he failed to carry on the good work second time around and was later taken to hospital with an injured right ankle.

Matthew Hayden and Langer scored freely either side of lunch until, with the score on 50, Hayden edged Flintoff to Giles at wide third slip.

Flintoff's probing spell should also have yielded the scalp of Langer on 37, but Strauss failed to hold onto a much easier chance than his first-innings screamer.

Justin Langer
Langer battled hard before falling to an Ian Bell catch

Ricky Ponting (48) grew in comfort after an uneasy start, pulling Flintoff over mid-wicket for six, and Langer overcame a short-pitched examination from Steve Harmison to register his 28th Test fifty with one of eight boundaries.

Ashley Giles, given his first bowl of the match just before tea, struck shortly after the interval when Langer gloved onto his pads and into the hands of Bell at short-leg.

Ponting and Martyn looked to be building a promising alliance until Martyn called his skipper through for a quick single and ran him out, sub fielder Gary Pratt hitting the stumps from the covers.

Ponting stormed off, fuming at Pratt's extended stay on the field for Simon Jones, and his mood would have been no lighter when Martyn edged Flintoff (2-33) behind six runs later.

Simon Katich and Michael Clarke staved off a collapse with a considered stand for the fifth wicket, which was almost ended 30 minutes from time when Clarke left his crease to Giles and was let off by a fumbling Geraint Jones.

Their partnership was worth 61 unbroken runs when bad light forced players from the field 15 minutes early, and though Australia will look to set England a tricky chase the ascendancy sits exclusively with the hosts.

Interview: England coach Duncan Fletcher

News conference: Justin Langer


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