Australia fight, but England on top

England were 167 for three in reply to Australia's 280 at the close of the second day of the final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

updated: January 04, 2011 07:54 IST
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Mitchell Johnson did his best to keep Australia alive in the final Ashes Test with a vital half-century and two key wickets on an absorbing day, but England were handily placed on 3 for 167 in reply to 280. Andrew Strauss hit a sparkling 58-ball 60 to launch England's reply following Johnson's counterattacking 53, then Alastair Cook maintained his prolific form only to lose Kevin Pietersen shortly before the close.


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