Eng set Aus victory target of 282

England was bowled out for 182 on Saturday to set Australia 282 to win the second Ashes Test.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:54 IST
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Shane Warne ended Andrew Flintoff's gallant innings at 73, collecting his sixth wicket as England was bowled out for 182 on Saturday to set Australia 282 to win the second Ashes Test. In a session where fortunes fluctuated wildly, Australia held the upper hand initially with Warne on a hat trick bowling to Simon Jones. But the England No. 11 survived that ball and then combined with Flintoff in a 51-run partnership from 49 balls for the last wicket. Australia will need to eclipse the record for the highest fourth innings achieved to win an Edgbaston Test match if it is to secure a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. England holds the record here, scoring 211 for three chasing 208 against New Zealand in 1999. Australia had England reeling at 131 for nine when Warne removed Ashley Giles (8) and Steve Harmison (0) with consecutive deliveries. Jones didn't have to play at the hat-trick ball, then opened his account with a four. Flintoff, on 38 when the ninth wicket fell, clobbered Michael Kasprowicz for two sixes in one over that cost Australia 20 runs and raised his 14th Test 50. With Australian captain Ricky Ponting placing all his fielders in positions guarding the boundary, Flintoff hit Brett Lee for two sixes - including one onto the grandstand roof behind long off - in another over worth 18 runs. Warne's record England's innings ended when Flintoff was bowled, giving Warne figures of 6-46 for the innings - a record for an Australian bowler at Edgbaston. It was his 30th five-wicket haul in Tests and moved Warne's world record career haul to 599 Test wickets. Lee took the other four wickets, missing a chance for his first five-wicket haul since 2001 when he had a strong appeal for lbw against Jones rejected in the penultimate over. Jones ended not out on 12. Lee terrorized the England top order earlier Saturday, taking three wickets in 11 balls as England slumped to 31 for four. He returned later to dismiss Geraint Jones and finished with 4-82. Lee captured the first three wickets on the third day - removing the England vice captain Marcus Trescothick (21) with the addition of two to the overnight total of 25-1. He then bowled captain Michael Vaughan (1) and had night watchman Matthew Hoggard (1) caught in the gully in a sequence that netted three wickets for four runs. England was scoring at less than one run an over until Kevin Pietersen broke the shackles; he twice hoisted Warne for six to spark a 41-run, fifth-wicket stand with Ian Bell (21). But Pietersen's run of three half centuries against Australia ended when he was out to Warne for 20 - bottom edging an attempted sweep onto his pad for Gilchrist to take a one-handed catch down low. Bell was caught behind off Warne as England slumped to 75 for six, before Flintoff commanded the lower-order fightback. England had dominated the opening two days, starting Thursday when its batsmen clobbered 407 after being sent in to bat, posting its highest first-day total in six decades. Giles and Flintoff took three wickets apiece as Australia was bowled out for 308 in reply Friday, giving England a 99-run, first-innings buffer. (AP)