Australia hit back in the Ashes

Australia captain Ricky Ponting notched up his 38th Test century while Simon Katich also racked up 100 runs as the tourists bounced back in the second day of the first Ashes Test.

Ponting's heroics sees him become the fourth-highest run scorer in the history of cricket with 11,000 Test runs and left Australia on 249 for one at the end of the second day's play in Cardiff in response to England's 435.

The returning Andrew Flintoff made the host's solitary breakthrough of the day when he captured the wicket of Australia's new batting hope Phillip Hughes. With the Aussies on the ascendency at lunch, Flintoff launched an all out bowling attack on Hughes and took an inside edge which wicketkeeper Matt Prior gathered cleanly.

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