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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 July, 2005, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
England suffer huge Lord's defeat
First Npower Test, Lord's, day four:
Australia 190 & 384 beat
England 155 & 180 by 239 runs

Man-of-the-match Glenn McGrath (left) celebrates Australia's win in the first Test with team-mates Ricky Ponting (far left), Michael Clarke and Adam Gilchrist

Australia won the first Ashes Test by 239 runs after England lost their last five wickets for 22 runs at Lord's.

Rain prevented play until 1545 BST but Glenn McGrath wasted no time removing Geraint Jones and Ashley Giles.

He then trapped Matthew Hoggard lbw and Shane Warne did the same to Steve Harmison before catching Simon Jones at slip as England slumped to a sorry 180.

Kevin Pietersen, only the eighth England player to score 50s in both Test debut innings, was stranded on 64.

Defeat was a chastening reminder to England that the world's best team are not ready to give up their crown.

For a few hours in the morning, however, steady rainfall had given home fans hope of an unlikely escape route.

But the skies cleared in the afternoon and, once that happened, the writing was on the wall for England.

Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen walk off together after Australia's victory in the first Ashes Test
Shane bowled as well in this game as probably I have ever seen him bowl
Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Shane Warne (left)

It's been a good four days for me
Kevin Pietersen (right)

McGrath immediately found the groove he had settled into on Thursday and landed the first blow with the third ball of his second over, although it owed more to a terrible shot from wicketkeeper Jones than the quality of his delivery.

A rash pull went straight to Jason Gillespie at mid-on and it got worse soon after when Giles fended his second ball to the safe hands of Matthew Hayden at gully.

More rain arrived to revive faint hopes of survival among home supporters but no sooner had the players returned then McGrath produced another beauty to trap Hoggard in front.

It was only a matter of time when Warne deceived Harmison with his slider, but Pietersen was determined to have his say.

In what proved to be the last show of home defiance, he slog-swept the leg-spinner for six and smashed another delivery to the long-off boundary.

Fittingly, however, man of the match McGrath, who ended with overall figures of 9-82, and fellow long-time England nemesis Warne had the last word.

The tall paceman once again demonstrated his mastery of the Lord's surface to induce another edge from Simon Jones, with Warne doing the rest at slip to seal a comprehensive victory.

For England, who had spoken confidently in the build-up of being able to compete with Australia, there is plenty of work and thinking to do before the combat resumes at Edgbaston on 4 August.


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