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Siddle, Harris seal thumping win

Prior's half-century only defiant note as England loses by 218 runs

Siddle, Harris seal thumping win - Cricket News
Peter Siddle was the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of 4 for 57.
Insistent rain fell overnight and through the morning, but cleared in time for play to start ten minutes after the scheduled start on the final day of  the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on Monday (December 9) . England’s final four wickets then lasted 11.4 overs across just under an hour.
 
When Monty Panesar fell forcing Ryan Harris to short cover, Australia’s bowlers had wrapped up a 2-0 lead that only a fortnight ago would have seemed a ludicrous prediction. England’s score of 312 was close to twice its previous best this series, but still conceded defeat by 218 runs.
 
The pitch that had been tipped to produce a high-scoring draw was really none the worse for wear, as evidenced by the full value that England’s lower order got for the straight-batted shots they did play. But it had been a combination of cross-batted thoughtlessness and back-foot prods that had hastened England’s downfall throughout this match, up against an Australian bowling performance that had been at worst disciplined and at best irresistible.
 
As Peter Siddle began the first over this morning, the cross-batted attacking swipe had already accounted for Michael Carberry in both innings, Joe Root in the first, Alistair Cook in the second. That apparently made no impression on Stuart Broad, who hooked the fourth ball of the day for six, then the fifth to Nathan Lyon at deep square leg. Eight overs and seven boundaries later, Prior did the exact same thing.
 
It was dreadfully disappointing from a pair that had added 39 runs the previous evening. For England to have any hope of provoking Australian nerves or making use of potential weather intrusions, those two needed to aim only for reaching lunch unscathed. Instead, they treated the match as a batting carnival. This gave some small joy to Prior, whose clouting garnered his first half-century in 17 innings, but was pointless in serving his team.
 
James Anderson gloved a boundary fine and clubbed one straight, but Panesar lasted all of seven balls.
 
For Australia, Siddle’s 4 for 57 was the pick of the bowling ahead of Harris’s 3 for 54, the attack only needing one wicket from Mitchell Johnson to take care of England. More important than how the spoils were shared, the bowlers had spared themselves most of a day’s work in their bid to recover for Perth.
 
Johnson was man of the match for his first-innings 7 for 40. Being 2-0 up will be far more satisfying than any personal numbers, with Australia now enjoying an advantage that is as immense as it is unexpected. One more win from the remaining three Tests, and the Ashes will Australia's again.

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