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Last Updated: Friday, 5 August 2005, 17:02 GMT 18:02 UK
England take control at Edgbaston
Second Test, Edgbaston (day two, stumps)
England 407 & 25-1; Australia 308

England captain Michael Vaughan

England had a tremendous second day in the Edgbaston Test against Australia to give themselves a clear advantage.

Ashley Giles and Andrew Flintoff took three wickets each to bowl the Aussies out for 308 in reply to England's 407.

Justin Langer top-scored with 82 for the Aussies while Ricky Ponting hit 61 before becoming the first victim for a pumped-up Giles playing on home turf.

However, Shane Warne bowled Andrew Strauss to leave England 25-1 in reply by stumps, holding a lead of 124.

Langer had been hit twice early on by Steve Harmison deliveries - the Durham man bowled accurately and ferociously with the new ball.

Whatever we're set, we'd back ourselves to get them
Justin Langer

But most importantly for England, they had a wicket with the seventh ball of the day when Matthew Hayden played a half-hearted drive to Hoggard's first delivery.

The ball was just short of half-volley length and was only a loosener but Strauss, in the unusual position of short extra-cover, took an easy catch.

It was Hayden's first golden duck in Tests.

Moments later, Ponting, scampering for the single to get the Australia scoreboard moving, could have been run out.

Kevin Pietersen swooped athletically on a ball played into the covers but just failed to throw the stumps down at the non-striker's end.

I saw Warne's delivery [to dismiss Andrew Strauss] and it's going to be tricky
Ashley Giles

Hoggard lapsed into some leg-side deliveries and no-balls, and Ponting and Langer were soon moving smoothly through the gears.

Harmison caused more problems, however, and frequently beat the bat.

But eventually he had to be replaced and when Simon Jones over-pitched to Ponting, the Aussie skipper latched on.

He eagerly rifled three driven boundaries off consecutive balls to reach his fifty from 51 balls faced.

England were soon wondering where the next wicket would come from and it came in unexpected fashion.

Ponting completely mis-hit his gentle sweep off Giles and Michael Vaughan accepted an easy catch at short fine leg off a top-edge.

Vaughan was in the action again in the last over before the interval as Damien Martyn dabbed into the leg-side and the England skipper threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end.

Justin Langer
Justin Langer was the mainstay of the Australian first innings

The middle session was dominated by a stand of 76 between Clarke and Langer, but England were at least keeping a hold on the run rate.

The re-introduction of Giles brought the wicket as Clarke, who had played the spinner so well, was deceived by an arm ball which he edged to Geraint Jones.

Not long afterwards, Flintoff had an out-of-sorts Simon Katich caught behind to leave the Aussies on 208-5.

After tea, Langer and Adam Gilchrist began building a partnership which threatened to wrest the advantage away from England.

But with the stand worth 54, Langer was defeated by a Jones yorker which trapped him lbw.

Numbers eight to 11 all fell for single-figures scores.

Warne was bowled by Giles attempting a horrendous slog, Lee edged Jones to second slip and Gillespie and Kasprowicz both fell lbw to Flintoff yorkers.

The lower order demise left Gilchrist high and dry on 49 and England's openers had seven overs to face.

Despite Strauss's dismissal, to a ball that turned massively out of the rough, England went to stumps with the match well in hand.


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