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Last Updated: Friday, 22 July, 2005, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Late wickets stem Aussie charge
First Test, Lord's, day two (stumps)
Australia 190 & 279-7; England 155

M Clarke
Young batsman Michael Clarke took full toll of his let-off on 21

Michael Clarke hit a bold 91 to give Australia a daunting lead over England after two days of the first Ashes Test.

Clarke, who hit 15 boundaries from 106 balls, put on 155 for the fourth wicket with Damien Martyn (65) after being dropped by Kevin Pietersen on 21.

England hit back late on to reduce the tourists from 255-3 to 279-7, but they are still facing an uphill battle.

Michael Vaughan's side are already 314 runs behind on a wicket where batting has been very tricky.

The day began with England on 92-7, a score they converted into a total of 155 to trail by 35 after the first innings.

Pietersen put together a sparkling 57, hitting Glenn McGrath for 15 runs in four balls, including a massive six that bounced off the first-floor balcony on the pavilion.

But the Hampshire star was eventually dismissed when Martyn took a brilliant catch at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Warne.

Simon Jones and Steve Harmison added 33 for the final wicket before Brett Lee, whose first over of the day had cost 13, had Harmison caught at mid-off.

Australia suffered an early blow in their second innings when Justin Langer was run out by Pietersen.

Then Matthew Hayden bottom-edged a ball from Andrew Flintoff onto his stumps after making 34.

Ricky Ponting, scoring chiefly on the leg side, and Martyn added 46 for the third wicket.

But the Australia skipper was out for 42, playing a Matthew Hoggard delivery straight to substitute fielder James Hildreth at point.

Clarke and Martyn treated spinner Ashley Giles with disdain after tea.

If we can get through the new ball and not lose too many wickets, we'll go okay
Kevin Pietersen

Clarke's driving was a joy to behold while Martyn was strong square of the wicket on both sides.

But with a century on the cards, Clarke edged a Hoggard delivery onto his stumps.

There was more joy for England with the very next ball, Martyn trapped lbw by a Harmison delivery that kept low.

Then Adam Gilchrist (10) was bowled by Flintoff before Shane Warne was caught by Giles at point off the bowling of Harmison after making just two.




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