Johnson rips through England again


Johnson rips through England again

Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson went on the rampage again on a hectic second morning of the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG.

England subsided from 226 for six to 255 all out, their last six wickets falling for 53, and then the hosts lost David Warner and Shane Waston in a lunchtime 38 for two.

Johnson (five for 63) has given England precious little respite throughout a series they already trail 3-0.

Thanks partly to some conspicuous compliance from Kevin Pietersen on this occasion, he took his wickets tally for the campaign to 28 in a spell which read 9-3-18-5 dating back to the previous evening.

England lasted less than an hour on an initially cloudy morning, after Johnson took the wickets of both overnight batsmen, Tim Bresnan and Pietersen (71), in his first over.

Pietersen made his intention clear, to try to wrest the initiative here, when he smashed his only runs of the day from the first ball high over point off Ryan Harris.

But Johnson got one in the perfect place to Bresnan, unable to fend a short delivery to ground and easily caught by George Bailey stepping back from short leg.

Pietersen responded to the loss of the often reliable number eight with a failed attempt to counter-attack against Johnson.

The ambition and method appeared unrealistic, and ended with an astounding mow across the line which resulted in the loss of leg stump to the left-armer's extreme pace.

After Pietersen's hard graft on day one, it was a bizarre change of tack - even with the tail exposed and few remaining candidates to bat with him for any significant time.

Stuart Broad did stay long enough to collect two fours off Harris, and survive a caught-and-bowled chance to the same bowler, before Johnson produced a searing yorker to have him lbw - as he had in the third Test in Perth.

It fell to Nathan Lyon, though, to complete the innings when Monty Panesar was bowled shouldering arms.

Australia's reply, as skies brightened, was soon minus Warner - whose skittish stay ended when he mistimed an attempted flick to leg off Anderson and skied an edge to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.

Number three Watson appeared slightly discomforted by the groin injury he suffered bowling on day one, and he fell to stiff drive and inside-edge behind off Ben Stokes.

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