London: Mitchell Johnson led Australia's attack as they thrashed England by 405 runs to win the second Ashes Test at Lord's yesterday to level the five-match series at 1-1.
Mitchell Johnson celebrates the wicket of England's Jos Buttler yesterday. Pic/AFP
England, set what would have been a new fourth-innings record of 509 for victory, collapsed to 103 all out after tea on the fourth day. Left-arm fast bowler Johnson took three for 27 as England were dismissed in a mere 37 overs. It was only the ninth time in the 138-year history of Test cricket a side had won by more than 400 runs.
Australia's fast bowlers are appreciably quicker than their England counterparts and sheer pace was responsible for several wickets as the home side suffered the latest in a long line of top-order slumps. After Australia declared their second innings on 254 for two, it meant England had to top the highest fourth innings total to win a Test — the West Indies' 418 for seven against Australia at St John's in 2002-03 — if they were to go 2-0 up.
The more realistic if still difficult task for England, 1-0 ahead in the five-match series after their 169-run win in the first Test in Cardiff, was to bat out the remaining 155 overs left in the match to secure a draw. Only eight sides, however, have survived for more than the equivalent of 150 six-ball overs to draw a Test match. But just seeing out yesterday's play proved far beyond England.
Opener Adam Lyth, out for a duck in the first innings, could only manage seven on Sunday before pushing at a lifting ball from Mitchell Starc he was caught behind by debutant wicket-keeper Peter Nevill.