The Ashes 2nd Test, Day 4: England beat Australia by 347 runs at Lord's to lead series 2-0

England beat Australia by a whopping 347-run margin on Day 4 of the second Ashes Test at Lord's to take a 2-0 lead in the 5-match series.

updated: July 22, 2013 00:40 IST
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London: When the best partnership of the innings is worth less than a hundred, and the target is to bat out nearly two days, the result can only be a humiliating loss. ( Highlights | Scorecard)

While it is true that Australia lost the Test match in less than four hours of spineless batting in the first innings, the manner in which they fumbled in the second confirmed the worst fears - perhaps it was not a matter of will or intent, but just skill. James Pattinson and Peter Siddle provided the stoutest defiance, the last-wicket taking the action down to the last over of the day, after a half-hour extension, as Australia were bowled out for 235 and England won by 347 runs. (Stats)

After going 2-0 down in a series that is going to feel interminably long for Australian fans, it became clear that unless the top order sorted itself out in a hurry, there was only one way matches were going to end. After being bailed out by the last wicket twice at Trent Bridge, Australia insisted that they were better than that, and even rang in the changes. (Match in pics)

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