The Ashes: England skittled in 1st innings as Australia eye 5-0 at Sydney
Australia took another step towards whitewashing England 5-0 in the Ashes series Down Under after they registered a 300-plus lead after Day 2 of the fifth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Ryan Harris along with the Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle ran through the England top order after Australia were all out for 326. England were reduced to 23 for 5 at one stage. All images from AFP/AP.
England batsman Gary Ballance, who was hit on the helmet during his 51-ball 18-run knock is one of the three debutants that England are playing in the final Ashes Test. Right-arm pacer Boyd Rankin and spinner Scott Borthwick are the other two players making their debut in this game.
Peter Siddle took the wickets of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, two of the few English batsmen to pose any resistance in their total of 155 all out. In all, Siddle, Johnson and Harris took three wickets each as Australia took a 171-run lead in the first innings.
James Anderson took the wickets of David Warner (16) and Shane Watson (9) early as Australia stumbled early in their second innings.
However, a solid 73-run unbeaten knock by opener Chris Rogers help Australia take full control of the Sydney Test with a 311-run lead after end of Day 2.