Day four recap
We round-up all the action and reaction after England wrapped up victory in the second Ashes Test at Lord's
Last Updated: 21/07/13 11:25pm
Although day four started in slightly disappointing fashion with Joe Root failing to reach a double-century, the subsequent declaration left Australia needed a mammoth 583 to win.
A win for the tourists was never a realistic prospect, but what England may not have counted on was completing the victory - just - with a day to spare after bowling Australia out for 235.
With the teams now preparing to regroup ahead of the third Test starting on August 1, we look back on the pick of the action, reaction and opinion from the fourth day at Lord's.
The day started with England opener Joe Root hoping to score his first Test double hundred, but the 22-year-old could add only two runs to his overnight total of 178 before being dismissed by Ryan Harris. Alastair Cook immediately declared, meaning his bowlers had almost two full days to claim the 10 wickets they needed for victory. Usman Khawaja (54) and Michael Clarke (51) were the only batsmen to provide any real resistance, although the last wicket pair of James Pattinson (35) and Harris (16 not out) almost stretched things out into a fifth day before Graeme Swann struck in the final over.
Best of the day
Australia have struggled to feature much in our pick of the day feature recently, and Sunday at Lord's was no different. England again dominated the categories on day four, with the ramp shot which proved Root's undoing even being nominated as shot of the day! Graeme Swann was given man of the day honours after returning figures of 4-78, including the wicket of Pattinson which wrapped up the victory in the last over before stumps would have been taken.
Not as easy at is seemed
England skipper Alastair Cook was understandably delighted after his side went 2-0 up in the five-match series, with Australia now needing to win three straight Tests if they are to regain the Ashes. Although the margin of victory would suggest that it was a comfortable victory, Cook says it was not quite as straightforward as it seemed. "We have had to scrap very hard throughout this game," he said. "We were 30-3 in both innings. People have had to stand up with the bat with Belly's 100 in the first innings and Rooty's in the second innings."
Not good enough
While England can go into the 10-day break before the next Test on a real high, Australia have plenty of soul-searching to do before the third contest of the series at Old Trafford. The tourists' top-order have struggled in three out of the four innings so far and Clarke insists an improvement must be made. "Our first innings performances with the bat have really let us down and they have not been acceptable," he said. "It's hard to win Test matches from the positions that we are putting ourselves in with our batting and it is putting a lot of extra pressure on our bowlers."
More to come
Root's knock of 180 led to him being named man of the match and the Yorkshireman is keen to pile on the runs for the rest of the series. His career as an England opener had started with scores of 30, 5 and 6 but now he has put any doubts about his position in the order to bed. "I just want to keep contributing," he said. "Every time you go out to bat it is obviously an opportunity to do that. It was obviously quite a tricky situation and it was nice to get through it and kick on later in the day."