England collapse to second straight defeat

England collapse to second straight defeat

England steadily fell off the pace chasing Australia's modest 249 for eight and were bowled out for 210 with 23 balls remaining to give the world 50-overs champions victory by 39 runs.

A robust 43 not out off 23 balls from Mitchell Johnson revived the Australian innings but their total still looked well within England's reach when Andrew Strauss and Ravi Bopara put on 74 for the first wicket.

But four wickets then tumbled in 31 deliveries, starting with Bopara's dismissal lbw for 27. Matt Prior was caught behind for one off an airy waft, Strauss (47) hit a soft return catch to spinner Nathan Hauritz and Owais Shah (12) was once again involved in a run-out after confusion with Paul Collingwood.

By coincidence or not, three of the wickets fell soon after a Lancaster bomber flew across the ground to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the date the Royal Air Force returned Lord's to its original authorities after taking over the ground as a recruitment centre during World War Two.

Collingwood fought a dour battle to score 56 from 84 deliveries but neither he nor his partners could lift the run-rate sufficiently to seriously challenge the Australians.
Callum Ferguson, man-of-the-match for his unbeaten 71 in Australia's narrow win in the opening match at the Oval on Friday, again impressed with 55 from 58 balls after Strauss elected to field first for the second time.  Ferguson added 69 from 86 balls for the fourth wicket with Cameron White, who scored 42.