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England crush dismal Australians in Lord's Test

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England crushed Australia ruthlessly in the second Ashes Test at Lord's, taking a 2-0 lead in the series and leaving the Australians demoralised. England's advantage of 347 runs at the end was their second-highest winning margin in England.

England began the fourth day with the luxury of choosing whether to continue batting or put the Australians in. Captain Alastair Cook allowed the 22 year-old Joe Root a chance to reach a double century. When Root fell for 180, Cook declared. England's lead was an invincible 582 runs.

The Australians struggled against the spin of Graeme Swann, but eventually captain Michael Clarke and Usman Khawaja put together a stubborn partnership. They scored freely and looked capable of taking the match to the final day. Cook turned to the part-time spin of Root. Having enjoyed a magnificent match with the bat, Root now proved he could perform feats with the ball, removing both Clarke and Khawaja and laying the foundations for another Australian collapse.

Ryan Harris joined James Pattinson for yet another heroic last wicket stand. They took resistance to the final over of the day before Swann claimed the final wicket of Pattinson to complete the win. Man of the match Root was the youngest player to score a century for England against Australia.

Captain Alastair Cook said: "To win by as big a margin as that is obviously a testament to the 11 guys who played for England. At the end of the first day it was probably even stevens. But from that moment we really upped our level with ball and bat."

Australia limped away embarrassed looking to restore some pride and keep the series alive in the next Test at Old Trafford. The Australian captain Michael Clarke described his team as "a laughing stock". "England outplayed us in all facets of the game," he said, blaming inept batting. "We are putting extra pressure and expectation on our bowlers, and our batting needs to get better."

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