England vs Australia 2nd Test Day 5 Highlights

July 21st, 2009 Posted in Ashes 2009, Australia, England, Match Highlights, Test Match

Watch cricket highlights: England vs Australia 2nd Test Day 5 from Lord’s played on July 20, 2009.

Scoreline: Australia 406 all out – Mitchell Johnson 63 | Andrew Flintoff 5 wickets, Swann 4

Ricky Ponting: “We’ve always enjoyed playing here, we’ve had a very proud record here. We were outplayed right through the course of the game, England have been the better team. We’ve got to bounce back pretty quickly.”

“I’m pretty proud of the way we fought the game out. Our bowling in the second innings was as good as it’s been through the series. But after lunch on day one we were chasing our tail.”

And there’s a clap going around Lord’s as Ponting comments on the umpiring: “It’s all irrelevant. We’ve been beaten by over 100 runs in a Test.” He says Australia can only focus on what they can do to improve.

Andrew Strauss steps up now with a gigantic grin on his face: “It’s been a really special victory. To win an Ashes Test match at Lord’s is something that plenty of guys have dreamed about over the last 50 or 60 years. We’re not going to get carried away, there’s plenty of time left in the series.”

And Strauss gives special mention to Flintoff, who he says was “magnificent” today. He also admits to a bit of indecision about whether to enforce the follow-on.

“Our medical team will be monitoring him over the coming days but we’re still confident of having a fit squad to pick from for the third Test,” Strauss says of Kevin Pietersen.

And the Man of the Match is … drum-roll … Andrew Flintoff. “A real team performance,” he says. Was there any chance Strauss could get the ball out of your hand this morning? “Mate, there was no chance.”

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