LONDON — Australia lost six wickets for 54 runs as they collapsed to limp to tea on 97 for seven on the second day of the second Ashes cricket test at Lord’s yesterday, still trailing by 265 runs.
Graeme Swann took three scalps in the session, and it will be up to Brad Haddin on two and Peter Siddle — who has yet to score — to try and guide the visitors past the follow-on target of 162.
Earlier, Australia lost opener Shane Watson as England struck with the last ball of yesterday’s first session.
At lunch, Australia were 42 for one in reply to England’s first innings 361, a deficit of 319 runs.
Watson, who has scored just two hundreds in 42 previous tests, looked in good touch making 30.
But with just two balls of the session left, he played across the line of a Tim Bresnan delivery and was given out lbw by Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena.
Even though wasted reviews had cost Australia dear during Ashes-holders England’s 14-run first test win at Trent Bridge last week, Watson sought a referral.
But third umpire Tony Hill confirmed the decision, leaving Chris Rogers 12 not out on his Middlesex home ground.
Earlier, England’s Stuart Broad and Swann frustrated Australia by adding 48 runs for the last wicket.
Ryan Harris led Australia’s attack in fine style with five wickets for 72 runs in 26 overs.
England resumed on 289 for seven after Ian Bell’s 109 rescued them from the depths of 28 for three.
Harris, recalled in place of the dropped Mitchell Starc for his first test in over a year, had a wicket with yesterday’s first ball when Bresnan was caught by diving wicket-keeper Brad Haddin.
The injury-prone Harris then secured a place on the Lord’s honours boards by taking his fifth wicket of the innings when night-watchman Anderson was also caught behind.
Broad, a left-handed batsman, pulled and cover-drove Peter Siddle for two fours in three balls before Swann (28 not out) got in on the act.
It may not have been a last-wicket stand to rival Australia’s record 163 at Trent Bridge but these were painful runs for the tourists to concede.
Broad, whose test-best 169 was scored at Lord’s against Pakistan in 2010, then pulled Siddle for a superb six.
And when Harris then bounced Swann, the off-spinner hooked him for four to the applause of a capacity crowd basking in sunshine.
But the innings ended when Broad, the son of former England opener turned match referee Chris, was caught behind off James Pattinson for 33.
Broad, who controversially stood his ground when given not out despite getting a thick edge at Trent Bridge, asked for a review, but replays confirmed the edge.
Australia were later bowled out for 128 runs in their first innings with Swann claiming a five-wicket haul.