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Twitter Updates of Day 2 of the 2nd Test at St John’s Wood

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Bad start for England with Strauss nervously leaving a straight ball around his off stump to be bowled. Front pad didn’t go across much.

So no hope now for Eng in their 1st innings. Swann playing away from his body and pushing hard like Flintoff. Done in for bounce by Siddle.

Poor footwork costs Broad his wicket, he just didn’t get his frontfoot across to cover the off stump. It was rooted towards the leg stump.

It looks as if the pitch has picked up some pace today unlike yesterday. This should be good for the English bowlers.

Peter Siddle looks unwell, he took a tablet at the start of this 96th over. Seems exhausted after bowling each ball. He is off the park now.

Not that bad for England, they are closing in towards 400. Aus need to bat well to go past that total.

Some valuable runs being added by the tail enders. Onions is not getting behind the line but seems effective. Jimmy Anderson giving it a fight.

This last wicket pair of Anderson n Onions has already made a difference of over 40 runs. England picked 55 runs in 10 overs today!!

Fabulous stuff from Anderson and Onions in putting on 47 for the last wicket. Again I say Aus got to bat really well to get past this 425.

Hughes loves anything that is slightly wide, England will be looking to tuck him up for room.

Freddie Flintoff is extracting quite a lot of pace and bounce off this track. Eng will have to make it tough to score runs.

Great breakthrough for Eng, Jimmy getting the strokeful Hughes caught off the glove down the legside. Hughes doesn’t like the ball coming in.

Regarding the Hughes’ dismissal, you could instantly think that was out because of the sound of mostly a nick.

Flintoff has just clocked 147.7 kmph. Aus have a tough task ahead in the next 35 mins before lunch.

Anderson complementing Flintoff well. Runs very hard to come by as these two bowlers haven’t bowled any bad balls yet.

Freddie has been bowling at his nasty best but he needs a lot of luck if his magic balls have got to take any nicks.

Eng getting rewards for bowling on a tight leash. Ricky always has this problem of falling across towards the offside, inswingers do trouble him.

Had Ponting not been given out caught he would have been out lbw for sure.

Katich took 22 balls to get off the mark! His and the Australian innings is going nowhere, just 11 runs in 8 overs!

Eng have got Oz pinned onto the backfoot. They need to sustain this pressure for a longer period of time. Broad and Onions too need to chip in.

I think Eng have bowled not more than 2-3 bad balls and we have already seen 10 overs in this innings. Aus will have to see this new ball through.

Eng on top at the moment at lunch, Aus have a huge task ahead to get 400 more runs atleast. Six wickets went down in that 1st session. Better pace and bounce in the pitch today doing the trick for England.

This afternoon session is going to be a must win one for the Aussies. They can’t afford to lose more than two wickets in this.

Its getting dark at Lord’s because of the huge cloud cover. They will be switching on the flood lights.

We have a rain break at Lord’s and the commentator is suggesting that the forecast is for heavy showers. An hour can be added in the end.

The weather is unlikely to clear today. It looks like an on and off day at Lord’s. Quite difficult for Oz in these swinging conditions.

Eng have a problem with the ball getting wet every time it rolls onto the outfield at Lords.

It has started to drizzle again at Lords. The Umpires will wait a while I guess before stopping play.

Difficult job for Katich and Hussey right now as they are not sure how long they will be at the park with all the drizzle in the background.

Play stopped at Lords for the second time today. Eng continue to have Aus on the backfoot, a deficit of 376 more runs with 8 wickets in hand.

This is the first time that I am watching Graham Onions. Wonderful speed of 145 kmph. Can still see some grey clouds in the background.

I am excited to watch this Onions bowl, very aggressive run up and lovely to watch him bend his back to give everything! He is bowling at around 144 kmph average speed.

Can see a few drops of rain again at Lords! They will continue till it gets really heavy.

A nice little partnership developing at Lords between Katich and Hussey, 50+ runs so far, Onions has it in him to break it though.

Katich lucky to survive Onions in the 25th over, a loose drive away from the body and he almost nicked it behind.

Broad looking to bounce out Hussey but the left hander seems to be upto the task. The pitch has livened up a lot since yesterday.

Katich is probably the most boring batsman to watch like Chanderpaul because of all the odd movements. But a very sweet timer of the ball.

Less than 10 mins to go for Tea on Day 2 at Lords. Aussies on the recovery track, Swann expected to bowl a couple of overs now.

Weather improving at Lords. So Aus starting to recover with the ball no doing much. They keep all their 8 wickets intact for Tea.

43 overs are to be bowled in the extended final session of Day 2 at Lords.

A hard earned breakthrough for Eng, Katich trying to over dominate and perishing, great running and diving catch from Broad.

Nice sharp bounce at 145 kmph from Freddie Flintoff to greet Michael Clarke, follows that up with a steely stare.

Quite a strokeful half century from Hussey, 8 boundaries in that knock and came at a healthy rate in 82 balls.

Hussey hasn’t got bogged down in this innings, he has been prepared to play his pull shots and also the productive cover drives.

Finally Freddie gets rewarded for his hostile stuff, Hussey caught napping, leaving a really quick one that came back to castle him.

One thing I can rule out and that is an Australian victory in this Lords Test. And as I type, Clarke flicks one in the air to the fielder!

Yeah its now going to be an English win or a hard fought draw. Oz behind by 314 runs and have just 5 wickets left.

Folks we are probably heading towards another rain break at Lords. And rain is the only saviour for OZ now.

I am greatly impressed with Marcus North, he is going to be a very good bat. Very Stylish and has got a high range of shots.

Pitch has quickened up compared to yesterday where the short balls were sitting up to be hit. Today they are skidding through and nipping back.

Lords has been a tough ground for both the keepers Haddin and now Prior. The ball has been swirling a long way after leaving the batsman.

Flintoff has just clocked 150.6 kmph during the 40th over to which North played a solid backfoot defence.

Great session so far for England after Tea conceding 48 runs in 12 overs and taking three big wickets.

Rash rash shot from Marcus North to get bowled, pressure really got onto him. Aus struggling to reach the follow on target of 226?

Pietersen has been off the field for a long time, he is having treatment for his sore heel. Think he had damaged it while fielding in the deep.

Eng’s dream run continues with the ball, Johnson falls in the trap set by Strauss with two men in the deep for the hook.

Keep bowling short and rising balls to Hauritz who has got a badly hurt finger. The odd yorker also would jam his finger a lot.

Haddin too falls playing the pull he wasn’t happy staying in the middle and playing under the lights. Haddin was desperate to get a move on.

Hauritz and Siddle happy to take the light offer. Eng have bowled Aus out of the match. They are in the driver’s seat with possibly a huge lead.


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