England revive faint Ashes hopes

Andover Advertiser: England's James Anderson (left) celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Ryan Harris (right) England's James Anderson (left) celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Ryan Harris (right)

England took the last four wickets for 59 runs to bowl Australia out for 385 on the second morning at the WACA and revive hope they might after all be able to battle back in the Ashes.

The tourists, 2-0 down with three to play, then had a moment of fortune before lunch - captain Alastair Cook dropped on three by Steve Smith off Ryan Harris, diving to his left at third slip - as they reached 24 without loss.

Home centurion Smith could add only eight to his overnight 103 but Australia still frustrated England early on another gloriously hot day - thanks largely to a last-wicket stand of 31 between Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon.

Stuart Broad (three for 100) and James Anderson were in the wickets, starting with overnight batsmen Smith and Mitchell Johnson.

The latter went caught-behind to a very good delivery from Broad, one of the first in this match to contain lateral movement - shaping into the left-hander but then holding its line off the pitch. That was without addition to a seventh-wicket stand of 59, and Smith would go too soon afterwards - for the traditional England bogey score of 111.

England used DRS to their advantage after Smith was given not out caught-behind by Marais Erasmus only for simulation to demonstrate an inside-edge against Anderson.

Then, after Harris speared Anderson straight to gully, the 10th-wicket pair forced Cook into a double change before Tim Bresnan had his first success of the match - Siddle trying to leave but instead the third batsman to go caught-behind in the session.

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