Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ponting Rage as England Trott On

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ponting Rage as England Trott On

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CENTURION Jonathan Trott continued England's domination of Australia in the fourth Ashes Test -much to the frustration of Ricky Ponting on a bad-tempered second day at the MCG.

Having watched the hosts capitulate for 98 on day one, Trott ploughed on to an unbeaten 141, while wicketkeeper Matt Prior added a breezy 75 not out in a stand worth 158 by stumps. That meant England closed on 444-5, a lead of 346 which leaves them overwhelming favourites to retain the urn by taking a 2-1 series lead with one match to play.

Ponting's anger boiled over in an ugly confrontation with both umpires, after DRS procedure ruled in Kevin Pietersen's favour over a failed caught-behind appeal.

Pietersen was just one short of his 50 when Brad Haddin convinced his team-mates to review Aleem Dar's not-out decision off the bowling of Ryan Harris.

No simulated evidence emerged to support Australia's review, and the initial verdict was duly confirmed.

But that did not stop Ponting, and Peter Siddle, berating Dar -and then his colleague Tony Hill -in an unseemly incident which halted play for minutes rather than seconds.

It was highly likely, therefore, that the under-pressure Australia captain, and Siddle too, would attract the attention of match referee Ranjan Madugalle.

An eventful afternoon brought plenty more mixed emotions for Ponting, after Siddle had given Australia a much-needed kickstart on day two of this pivotal match.

They began already 59 runs behind, with no English wickets down, after their hapless 98 all out yesterday. But Siddle made short work of openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook, who had an unbroken stand of 157 to their name overnight but could add only another seven runs between them.

Pietersen and Trott then put on 92 together to keep England on course for a victory which would leave the series score at 2-1 in their favour and the Ashes retained. …

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