Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Suffer; Collapse Is Followed by Howlers in the Field

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Suffer; Collapse Is Followed by Howlers in the Field

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ENGLAND were left searching for crumbs of comfort here today after another day when Ashes hopes turned to Ashes dust.

Michael Vaughan's shoulder is badly bruised rather than broken, but even that plus point was tempered by the news he may not be able to bat in England's second innings.

Vaughan's 177 had led England to an apparently promising 295 for four but Nasser Hussain's men are now struggling to prevent this Second Test from going the same way as the First.

Australia blew away the visitors for 342 and then raced to 247 for two in reply by the close. Not that they needed any help, the Aussies were also assisted by four dropped catches.

Starting with Vaughan's fateful final ball dismissal yesterday evening, England lost their last seven wickets for 47 runs with fast bowler Jason Gillespie taking four for 10 and spinner Shane Warne two for ten. Scoring was so difficult against a relentlessly accurate attack that Alec Stewart's hook shot against Glenn McGrath produced the only boundary in 110 minutes of cricket.

Had a belting batting pitch suddenly turned nasty?

Apparently not, for home openers Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden put together a stand of 101 in 20 overs.

Indeed, it took England 18 overs to manage a maiden through rookie spinner Richard Dawson.

Vaughan, struck by Gillespie yesterday, went for an X-ray this morning. By the time he returned, his team-mates were in the field and taking a pasting.

Caddick, who later withdrew for treatment following a back spasm, had 40 runs plundered from his first seven overs. The others fared almost as badly, but at least Harmison occasionally threatened with his 90mph pace.

Two wickets in three overs briefly revived English spirits. Hayden's arrogant drive against White presented an up-and-under catch to Caddick at deep mid-off. …

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