Johnson torments England again

Published: Sunday | December 8, 2013 Comments 0

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP):Mitchell Johnson terrified the England batsmen yesterday taking seven wickets with some fearsome fast bowling and helping Australia move to the cusp of back-to-back victories to start the Ashes series.

In a hectic third day of the second Test, 12 wickets tumbled after England resumed at 35-1 in reply to Australia's 570-9 declared.

The English were skittled for 172, with Johnson returning 7-40 including a withering spell of 5-12 in 18 balls, and David Warner scored 83 not out to help Australia to 132-3 - and a 530-run lead - by stumps.

After electing not to enforce the follow-on in a bid to keep its pace attack fresh for the third Test, Australia slipped to 4-2 - with Jimmy Anderson dismissing Chris Rogers (2) and Shane Watson (0) within two balls in the third over - before Warner combined in a 61-run stand with Michael Clarke (22) and an unbeaten 67-run partnership with Steve Smith (23).

Australia are expected to bat on in the morning to kill off any chance of an unprecedented fourth-innings comeback victory, then aim to roll England within five sessions.

"We want to get them back out there in the field and keep cooking them a bit," Johnson said. "The runs are irrelevant at the moment, but we probably will be looking at keeping them out there, hopefully see (Warner) get his hundred and then having a real crack ... at them."

first-innings lead

Johnson's spell - starting just after lunch - rocked England's middle and lower order and was instrumental in giving the Australians a 398-run first-innings lead.

Only Ian Bell (72 not out) and Michael Carberry (60) defied Johnson.

Bell said the England players would be hurting, but weren't beyond salvaging a draw, provided two or three batsmen stood up to Johnson in the second innings.

"Obviously, we're going to have to find an answer because he's blowing us away middle and lower order."

It was the third straight innings in this series that England has failed to reach 200, with Johnson's pace proving just as effective on the slower Adelaide Oval pitch as it was when he took nine wickets in the 381-run victory in the first test at Brisbane.

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