Ashes: Johnson, Watson revive Australia

Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson claimed six wickets to restrict England for 187 runs on Day 2 of the third Test in Perth.

updated: December 17, 2010 10:37 IST
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An enthralling day of action moved the third Test along in fast forward at the WACA with Mitchell Johnson reviving his career and Australia's Ashes fortunes with a brutal 6 for 38 to dismiss England for 187. However, the home side didn't extend the advantage without further top-order failures as Steven Finn and Chris Tremlett caused problems although by stumps Shane Watson was unbeaten on 61 and the lead was 200.

After eight days of England dominance this one went comprehensively to Australia and how desperately they needed it. If the visitors had batted throughout the Ashes would have been hard to save, but by the close Australia's belief was being restored after the efforts of their most mercurial cricketer. Johnson's morning burst of 4 for 7 knocked the stuffing out of England's previously prolific line up. The whole feeling of the series changed with each booming inswinger and all ten wickets fell for 109.

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