Mon, Aug 15, 2005 - Page 20 News List

England battles to get back into third test with Aussies


Simon Jones ended Shane Warne's defiant, rearguard 90 with his second ball yesterday and finished with a career-best six wickets as Australia was bowled out for 302 in reply to England's first innings of 444 in the third test.

England reached lunch on the fourth day at 26 without loss in its second innings, an overall lead of 168.

Marcus Trescothick was unbeaten on 12 and Andrew Strauss -- who had an escape on one when his edge off Brett Lee sailed at waist height between Warne and Ricky Ponting at first and second slip -- was not out 10.

Jones had a total of six wickets from the opening two tests, developing a reputation for making big breakthroughs at the start of his spells.

He dismissed Warne with his second ball Sunday, then removed Brett Lee (1) for his second five-wicket haul in tests.

Jason Gillespie pulled him for six in the 85th over, prompting England captain Michael Vaughan to take the new ball. Jones struck three deliveries later, trapping Gillespie lbw to return 6-53, improving on his previous best of 5-57 against the West Indies in 2003-2004.

Gillespie faced 111 balls and batted for 143 minutes for his 26, sharing an 86-run eighth-wicket stand with Warne that saved Australia from the follow-on.

Australia added 38 runs in 74 minutes Sunday after resuming at 264 for seven.

Warne, on 78 overnight, cut Jones' first ball past point for four to move to 90 and then pulled the Welsh paceman around to Ashley Giles and was caught in the outfield.

His 90 contained a six and 11 boundaries and was the second-highest score by an Australian in this series, behind Michael Clarke's 91 at Lord's.

The Australian legspinner has scored more test runs (2,680) without scoring a hundred than any international cricketer. His highest score was 99 against New Zealand at Perth in 2001.

Warne's dismissal sparked a late collapse -- Australia losing its last three wickets for 15 runs as Jones took 3-6 in 29 balls. Jones and Giles took three wickets apiece on Friday and were frustrated on Saturday, when rain restricted play to 14 overs. Giles finished with 3-100 and Andrew Flintoff had 1-65. Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard went wicketless. Warne's was a defiant and chancy innings spanning three days.

Batting at No. 7 because of Clarke's back problems, he went to the crease with Australia at 133-5 in the 36th over and survived to reached 45 on the second day.

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