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Jul 20, 2009

England beat Australia to win second Test

Andrew Flintoff got five wickets as England finally broken their 75-year wait for an Ashes victory at Lord's with a 115-run win over Australia on the fifth day of the second Test.

Victory saw England take a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series having stick on for a draw in Cardiff.

Australia set a massive 522 to win - a target that had they achieved it would have surpassed the fourth innings Test world record victory total of 418 for seven made by the West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2002/03 - were bowled out for 406 shortly before lunch on the Last day.

Fast bowler Andrew Flintoff, who before this match announced he would retire from Test cricket at the end of this Ashes Series, took five wickets for 92 runs in 27 overs, including three for 43 in 10 overs Monday.

It was only the 3rd time in the 31 year old all-rounder's 77-Test career he had taken five wickets in a Test innings. Off-spinner Graeme Swann gave good support with 4-87.

Michael Clarke did his best to deny England with a excellent innings of 136 but ultimately could not stop the hosts beating Australia in a Test at Lord's for the first time since 1934, when they won by an innings and 38 runs.

"To win an Ashes Test match at Lord's feels very special but we're not going to get carried away," England skipper Andrew Strauss insisted.

His Australian complement Ricky Ponting was magnanimous in defeat. "We are disappointed to lose in this type of venue but we were outplayed from the first ball to the last ball.

"Now we have to jump back, regroup and hit the ground running for the next Test at Edgbaston."

Australia resumed on 313 for five, 209 runs adrift of their target, with Clarke 125 not out and Brad Haddin 80 not out.

But starting again is never easy and they were powerless to add to a stand worth 185 with Haddin out for his overnight score.

Haddin edged the 10th ball of the morning, fast bowler Flintoff's 4th, straight to Paul Collingwood who took a good low catch at 2nd slip.

Andrew Flintoff was on fire and hit Clarke on the head with a bouncer, as the batsman took his eye off the ball, before beating him on the outside edge. New batsman Mitchell Johnson was providential on four, after being completely deceived by a Flintoff slower ball that strike him on the pad, that veteran umpire Rudi Koertzen, standing in his 100th Test, had correctly called no-ball.

But it was Swann who, with his second ball Monday, took the wicket England crave when he beat Clarke in the air as the batsman went down the pitch and bowled him off-stump to end the Australia vice-captain's innings of above five hours.

Andrew Flintoff then bowled Nathan Hauritz for one as the batsman shouldered arms and Australia were 363 for eight.

Andrew Flintoff, the star of England's 2005 Ashes series win, though then finished only the third five-wicket haul of his Test career when he bowled Peter Siddle, and celebrated by going down on one knee with his arms extended after leaving his side on the brink of victory.

Fast bowler Johnson, who'd struggled with the ball, defied England with a 62-ball fifty.

But Swann, who dropped a tricky caught and bowled chance off Johnson, bowled him for 63 to seal England's victory.

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