Brisbane, Australia: England suffered one of their heaviest-ever Ashes Test defeats on Sunday when Australia trounced them by 381 runs at the Gabba, going one-up in the series with a day to spare.

The tourists collapsed under the searing pace of Mitchell Johnson and were all out for 179 late on the fourth day after they were skittled out for 136 off 52.4 overs in the first innings.

It was England’s second-biggest loss at the Gabba, after the tourists crashed by 384 runs there in 2002.

Johnson, the man of the match, finished with five for 42 in the second innings and nine wickets for 103 for the match, along with his spirited knock of 64 in Australia’s first innings.

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Alastair Cook’s dismissal for 65, six balls after the resumption following a heavy afternoon hailstorm, signalled the end for England.

The England skipper tried to cut spinner Nathan Lyon, only to edge to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, exposing his team’s tail-end to the fired-up Australian bowlers.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior followed two overs later, caught close in by David Warner off Lyon for four. Stuart Broad (4) and Graeme Swann (0) went in the next over from firebrand Johnson.

Another burst of rain kept the players off the field for 45 minutes and then Chris Tremlett fell to a short ball from Ryan Harris for seven.

James Anderson was the last wicket to fall, top-edging high into the air for Johnson to take the catch off his own bowling. Joe Root remained unbeaten on 26 off 86 balls.

England looked at one stage as if they might be saved by the weather, when a fierce hailstorm drove the players from the field and an early tea was called with the tourists on 142 for four… see more

source: gulfnews