Australia bowl England out, face 415-run deficit

MELBOURNE - Australia bowled England out for 513 shortly before the scheduled lunch break on the third day of the fourth test on Tuesday but now face a massive deficit of 415 with nearly three days to play.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Tue 28 Dec 2010, 10:02 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:25 AM

Peter Siddle picked up three wickets to finish with six for 75 as fellow paceman Ben Hilfenhaus helped clean up the tail with two wickets. England’s Jonathan Trott was left stranded on 168 not out.

England had resumed on 444-5 and Siddle wasted little time before removing Matt Prior, the wicketkeeper chipping straight to Ricky Ponting at mid-on to be out for 85.

Siddle then had his fifth wicket when Tim Bresnan feathered a catch to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for four.

Siddle, who also took two catches on Monday to help Mitchell Johnson to two wickets, celebrated his fifth-wicket by blowing a kiss to his weeping mother in the stand.

The rare moment of joy in a grim test for Australia was tempered by an ankle injury to paceman Ryan Harris, who hobbled off the field injured in between Siddle’s wickets.

Harris, who had gone wicketless for 91 runs, stumbled on an aborted run-up when bowling to Bresnan and after surveying his foot for a few moments, promptly left the field.

Hilfenhaus captured his first wicket after nearly two days of fruitless toil, removing Graeme Swann for a swashbuckling knock of 22 when the spinner miscued a hook that Brad Haddin leapt to pull down.

The seamer then bowled towering paceman Chris Tremlett for four, before Siddle bowled Anderson for one to wrap up the innings. England’s last three wickets fell for five runs.

The five-test series is level at 1-1, but victory in Melbourne will see England take the Ashes home for the first time in 24 years.

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