Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Colly the Hero at the Double

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Colly the Hero at the Double

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England took command of the second Test after record-breaking performances from Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen dominated Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

Resuming the second day on a promising 266 for three, the tourists finally declared on an imposing 551 for six after Collingwood and Pietersen both hit big centuries and shared a record 310-run stand.

Having dominated with the bat, England also made a crucial breakthrough with the ball before the close with captain Andrew Flintoff dismissing opener Justin Langer to leave Australia struggling on 28 for one.

But it was Collingwood and Pietersen who stole the spotlight after overhauling England's record fourth-wicket Ashes partnership of 288 recorded by Nasser Hussain and Graham Thorpe at Edgbaston in 1997.

Their efforts also beat the record fourth-wicket partnership at this ground, beating the 214 forged by Dean Jones and Allan Border against West Indies in 1988-9, while Collingwood's 206 was England's 10th highest Ashes innings in history.

The tourists had begun the day mindful of the fate which befell England at this ground four years ago, when they slipped from 295 for four at the end of the first day to 342 all out.

But the pair withstood everything Australia threw at them, including a spell when they tried to frustrate them with negative tactics, to reclaim the momentum following England's resounding 277-runs opening Test defeat at the Gabba.

It was a particularly memorable day for Durham all-rounder Collingwood, who missed out on a maiden Ashes century in the previous Test and may not have featured in the series had Marcus Trescothick not returned home with a recurrence of his stress-related illness.

Resuming overnight on a nervous 98, Collingwood showed great composure to reach the landmark off the second delivery he faced by clipping Brett Lee through mid-wicket for three.

He was almost run out on 109 after he pushed Glenn McGrath to mid-on and set off for a quick single only for former Durham team-mate Mike Hussey to miss the stumps at the non-striker's end with Collingwood stranded. …

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