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Highlights of Day 1 of the 2nd Test at St John’s Wood

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England have won the crucial toss at Lord’s in the second Test and have elected to bat first in good batting conditions. Monty Panesar has been dropped in favour of Graham Onions and Andrew Flintoff is fit to play. No changes from the Aussies.

Morning Session – England 1st Innings

Over 0.6 : Beaten. Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, short of length delivery, thats an unplayable one which pitches around middle and deviates away with a lot of lift to beat Strauss comprehensively.

Over 1.1 : Boundary! M Johnson to A Cook, pitched up delivery, thats onto the pads and Cook flicks that uppishly through squareleg for a boundary.

Over 5.4 : Boundary! M Johnson to A Strauss, short and wide, gets the punishment it deserved with Strauss bending back and cutting that away behind point for a boundary.

Over 5.6 : Boundary! M Johnson to A Strauss, pitched up delivery, onto the pads and gets clipped away uppishly through mid wicket for a boundary. Are the betting sites predicting an English victory in this Lord’s Test?

Over 6.2 : Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Cook, good length delivery, plays well away from his body and gets a streaky boundary past gully.

Over 6.6 : Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Cook, good length delivery, looks to drive on the up and can only get a thick outside edge that luckily flies past Ponting’s left in the slip cordon for a boundary.

Over 7.2 : Boundary! M Johnson to A Strauss, short and wide, flays at that hard to get a boundary over the gully region.

Over 7.3 : Boundary! M Johnson to A Strauss, pitched up delivery, this time sprays onto the pads and gets put away for another boundary, this one being a flick shot through squareleg.

Over 8.3 : Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Cook, short of length delivery, picks the length early and pulls it away confidently through mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 11.4: Boundary! M Johnson to A Cook, pitched up delivery, gets a thickish outside edge in his drive which rolls quickly behind point for a boundary.

Over 12.6: Boundary! P Siddle to A Strauss, half volley, drives that through extra covers and thankfully the outfield at Lord’s is unilke the one at Cardiff and its an easy boundary for the batsman.

Over 13.5: Three runs. Ben Hilfenhaus to A Cook, pitched up delivery, drives it sweetly to the right of mid off and gets only three as he didn’t generate much power in that shot

Over 14.5: Boundary! P Siddle to A Cook, short of length delivery, thats a very ambitious pull shot from Cook in the air and there is no fielder at deep backward squareleg to take that top edge.

Over 14.6: No runs. P Siddle to A Cook, short of length delivery, let’s that go to the keeper outside the off stump. Drinks break taken. England 57/0 in 15.0 Ovs (Strauss 28* Cook 29*)

Over 16.1: Boundary! M Johnson to A Cook, short and wide, Cook doesn’t bother to keep his cut along the ground towards covers and picks up an easy boundary. Johnson has replaced Siddle.

Over 16.2: Boundary! M Johnson to A Cook, short and wide, this time plays his cut along the ground past extra covers for another boundary.

Over 18.5: Boundary! M Johnson to A Cook, half volley, strays onto the pads and Cook flicks it away through mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 18.6: Boundary! M Johnson to A Cook, bangs it short, not a quick pitch at all and Cook has all the time to pull that over mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 20.5: Boundary! M Johnson to A Strauss, short and wide, easy pickings as Strauss flays that over the gully region for a boundary, he could have smacked that anywhere in the off side.

Over 21.2: Boundary! P Siddle to A Cook, short of length delivery, edges that along the ground between gully and point for a boundary that brings up his 20th test fifty.

Over 21.5: Four Byes! P Siddle to A Cook, good length delivery, gets forward and dangerously leaves an indipper which just misses the off stump and Haddin is slow to react!

Over 23.3: Four Byes! P Siddle to A Strauss, bangs it short, thats a horrible one sprayed a mile down the legside and Haddin is helpless about that!

Over 24.2: Single. Nathan Hauritz to A Strauss, flatter trajectory delivery, again down the legside and this time Strauss sweeps it to squareleg to bring up the 100!

Over 25.1: Boundary! P Siddle to A Cook, short of length delivery, lifts his front leg up in the air and pulls that flat towards mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 25.5: Three runs. P Siddle to A Cook, pitched up delivery, strays onto the pads and gets flicked away to deep mid wicket for three runs.

Over 26.2: Boundary! Nathan Hauritz to A Strauss, flighted delivery, sweeps it solidly along the ground to deep mid wicket and beats Siddle’s slide for a boundary.

Over 26.4: Boundary! Nathan Hauritz to A Strauss, quicker and flatter in the air, down the legs and Strauss paddles it along the ground to fine leg for a boundary.

Over 27.4: Boundary! P Siddle to A Cook, half volley, drives that wide one through covers for a boundary.

Over 27.6: Boundary! P Siddle to A Cook, half volley, onto the pads and Cooks puts that away to squareleg boundary with an easy flick shot.

Over 28.6: Single. Nathan Hauritz to A Strauss, quicker and flatter in the air, works it just past short leg and takes a single. That’s lunch on Day 1 at Lord’s, England on top while Aussies are struggling to bowl the right lines. England 126/0 in 29.0 Ovs (Strauss 47* Cook 67*)

Afternoon Session – England 1st Innings

Over 29.2: Beaten! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, good length delivery, plays away from his body on the frontfoot and is beaten by that outside off.

Over 30.6: No runs. Nathan Hauritz to A Cook, flighted delivery, reaches out to that and drives it to covers.

Over 32.4: Boundary! Nathan Hauritz to A Cook, flighted delivery, breaks the shackles with a brave slog sweep played wide of the fielder at deep mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 32.6: Boundary! Nathan Hauritz to A Cook, flighted delivery, that looks to be a massive slog sweep for a six but no it just falls short of the mid wicket boundary.

Over 35.1: No ball + No runs off the bat. Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, good length delivery, edges that perfect outswinger on the frontfoot and its dropped by Haddin who dives forward to his left! Anyway that was a noball!

Over 35.2: Two runs. Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, pitched up delivery, plays a forceful drive through covers for a couple that brings up his 15th test fifty.

Over 37.4: Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Cook, short of length delivery, that one sits up to be hit and Cook plunders that through mid wicket with his pull shot for a boundary.

Over 37.6: Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Cook, short of length delivery, another one that is slightly off in length and Cook pulls that as well to the mid wicket boundary.

Over 38.3: Three runs. Nathan Hauritz to A Strauss, flatter trajectory delivery, thats a sharp return catch dropped by Hauritz and he has also done a lot of damage to his hand! Strauss stepped out and smacked that flat towards the bowler who wasn’t expecting that!

Hauritz has left the field after taking a smack on his spinning finger!

Over 38.3: Three runs. Nathan Hauritz to A Strauss, flatter trajectory delivery, thats a sharp return catch dropped by Hauritz and he has also done a lot of damage to his hand! Strauss stepped out and smacked that flat towards the bowler who wasn’t expecting that! North will complete the over.

Over 42.1: Four Byes! M North to A Strauss, flatter trajectory delivery, gets forward and leaves it outside off and Haddin lets that go through his legs for four byes!

Over 43.3: Boundary! P Siddle to A Strauss, short and wide, cuts that behind point for another boundary.

Over 43.4: Noball + Boundary! P Siddle to A Strauss, good length delivery, thats onto the pads and Strauss whips it away to fine leg for a boundary.

Over 45.1: Boundary! M Johnson to A Strauss, short and wide, more pressure on Johnson and Aus, Strauss cuts that away past point for a boundary. Johnson has replaced Siddle.

Over 45.6: No runs. M Johnson to A Strauss, pitched up delivery, defends that slower one. Time for drinks. England 187/0 in 46.0 Ovs (Strauss 76* Cook 92*)

Over 47.3: Boundary! M Johnson to A Strauss, short and wide, plays an upper cut over the top of slips for a one bounce boundary.

Over 47.5: Out LBW! M Johnson to A Cook, short of length delivery, gets the ball to bend back sharply and strike the backpad of Cook and you can’t get more plumb lbw than that. Cook misses a well deserved 100.

Over 49.1: Boundary! M Johnson to R Bopara, good length delivery, thats a shocker onto the pads and Bopara plays a One day kind of pick up shot over squareleg for a boundary.

Over 49.6: Boundary! M Johnson to R Bopara, half volley, drives that wide one through covers for a boundary.

Over 51.2: Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to R Bopara, pitched up delivery, drives that wide and juicy one uppishly but just wide of short covers for a boundary.

Over 52.4: Boundary! M North to A Strauss, flatter trajectory delivery, thats way down the legside and Strauss somehow sweeps it away to the fine leg boundary.

Over 52.6: Boundary! M North to A Strauss, flighted delivery, drives that half volley square of the wicket through backward point for a boundary.

Over 53.2: Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to R Bopara, half volley, plays a free flowing cover drive all along the ground for a boundary.

Over 53.6: Out LBW! Ben Hilfenhaus to R Bopara, good length delivery, thats a dangerously casual shuffle from Bopara and he is beaten by one that swung back to hit the pad right infront of the stumps. Doctrove gives his second lbw decision.

Over 55.2: Beaten! Ben Hilfenhaus to K Pietersen, pitched up delivery, thats a loose drive on the up from KP and he is done in by the outswinger.

Over 56.6: Boundary! M North to A Strauss, flighted delivery, clubs that against the turn with his slog sweep over wide mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 58.1: Boundary! M North to K Pietersen, flighted delivery, steps out and drives it to Ponting at mid on who has a shy at the stumps and ends up giving away four over throws! Strauss was slightly wandering out of the crease.

Over 58.6: Three runs. M North to K Pietersen, quicker and flatter in the air, edges that in his frontfoot drive and is lucky as the ball flies low and quickly past slip.

Over 59.2: Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to K Pietersen, half volley, confidently strides forward and drives it past mid off for a boundary.

Over 60.1: Boundary! M North to K Pietersen, flighted delivery, steps out and lofts it bravely over straight mid on for a boundary.

Over 61.1: No runs. Ben Hilfenhaus to K Pietersen, short of length delivery, chops that hard onto the ground and the ball threatens to roll back onto the stumps, KP reacts as if he wants to touch the ball with his gloves but resists in the end.

Over 61.5: Three runs. Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, short and wide, cuts that away behind point and almost gets a boundary but for a save from McDonald. That brings up a well made 18th test century for the England Captain.

Over 61.6: No runs. Ben Hilfenhaus to K Pietersen, short of length delivery, defends it off the backfoot. That’s Tea on Day 1 at Lord’s with England right on top of things. England 255/2 in 62.0 Ovs (Strauss 100* Pietersen 22*)

Final Session – England 1st Innings

Over 62.6: No runs. M North to A Strauss, flighted delivery, gets forward and eases it to point.

Over 63.4: Boundary! P Siddle to K Pietersen, half volley, plunders that wide one through extra covers for a boundary.

Over 63.6: Boundary! P Siddle to K Pietersen, pitched up delivery, drives it on the up straight through the legs of Siddle for a boundary.

Over 65.1: He is Caught! P Siddle to K Pietersen, good length delivery, and KP is gone, he went for an ambitious drive on the up and was squared up with the ball angling in and leaving him late and just taking a feather edge for the keeper.

Over 67.3: Boundary! P Siddle to A Strauss, short and wide, cuts that in the air towards point where Hussey fails to hold onto an over head catch!

Over 68.4: Boundary! M North to P Collingwood, flighted delivery, steps out and lofts it flat between the bowler and mid off for a boundary.

Over 70.3: Three runs. M North to P Collingwood, flatter trajectory delivery, goes back and cuts it behind point for three runs.

Over 71.4: Three runs. P Siddle to P Collingwood, half volley, flicks the attempted yorker through mid wicket and gets three runs.

Over 75.3: 1 Leg Bye. M Johnson to P Collingwood, good length delivery, goes back and deflects it off his pad to squareleg and takes England to 300.

Over 76.3: He is Caught! Michael Clarke to P Collingwood, flatter trajectory delivery, steps out and lofts it straight into the hands of mid on! No elevation at all in that shot and it was dragged completely by Collingwood. Drinks taken as well. England 302/4 in 76.3 Ovs (Strauss 119* Collingwood 16)

Over 77.1: No runs. M Johnson to A Strauss, good length delivery, gets squared up by that and edges it just on the bounce to Ponting at second slip!

Over 77.5: Boundary! M Johnson to M Prior , good length delivery, gets forward and guides it safely past the diving gully fielder for a boundary.

Over 77.6: Boundary! M Johnson to M Prior , pitched up delivery, edges his drive again and this time the ball races away through gully for another boundary.

Over 78.2: Boundary! Michael Clarke to A Strauss, flatter trajectory delivery, drives that wide half volley through point for a boundary.

Over 79.3: Bowled him! M Johnson to M Prior , good length delivery, draws him forward and slips in a magic inswinger that goes through the gate and crashes onto the off stump!

Over 79.5: Boundary! M Johnson to A Flintoff, good length delivery, flicks that inswinger dangerously infrot of his stumps and gets a boundary towards mid wicket.

Over 80.2: Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, short and wide, flashes at that away from his body and gets a lucky boundary over gully.

Over 80.3: Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, pitched up delivery, plays a thumping on drive down the ground for a boundary.

Over 82.2: Three runs. Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, half volley, flicks it gloriously through wide mid wicket and picks up three runs.

Over 82.3: He is Caught! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Flintoff, good length delivery, gets forward and pushes at that with hard hands and the extra bounce takes the edge to Ponting at second slip.

Over 85.1: Three runs. M Johnson to S Broad, pitched up delivery, gets forward and strokes it sweetly through covers and picks up three runs. The second new ball has been taken. England 340/6 in 85.1 Ovs (Strauss 143* Broad 1*)

Over 85.2: Boundary! M Johnson to A Strauss, short and wide, plays a flashy cut over backward point for a valuable boundary.

Over 86.1: Two runs. Ben Hilfenhaus to S Broad, pitched up delivery, pushes the late inswinger through mid wicket for a couple. That takes England past 350.

Over 86.5: Two runs. Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, pitched up delivery, squeezes the near yorker through covers for a couple and brings up his 150!

Over 88.2: Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, pitched up delivery, plays a flowing drive through covers for a boundary.

Over 88.6: Boundary! Ben Hilfenhaus to A Strauss, pitched up delivery, gets a thick edge in his square drive that rolls through the vacant gully region for a boundary. Strauss goes past 5000 Test runs with that.

Over 89.6: No runs. M Johnson to S Broad, good length delivery, goes back to defend that towards mid off. That’s Stumps on Day 1 at Lord’s. England 364/6 in 90.0 Ovs (Strauss 161* Broad 7*)


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