England triumph

England comprehensively won the second test of the Ashes last night, walloping Australia by an innings and 71 runs in a practically flawless display of bowling.

The win is the first victory by an innings against Australia Down Under for 24 years, and sends a message that England are the dominant team in this Ashes series, something English cricket fans haven’t been able to say for a very long time. The match was finished only an hour and a half into the day’s play, when Graeme Swann took Peter Siddle’s wicket, the sixth in a session where England only conceded 66 runs.

The only sour note for England is the loss of Stuart Broad for the rest of the series to an abdominal muscle tear, but captain Andrew Strauss is still confident that they can bring home the Ashes.

‘We're very pleased with what we've done in this Test match,’ said Strauss. ‘There are three matches to go and we can't get too far ahead of ourselves. If we keep these standards up we have a good chance of winning.

‘Bowling them out for 245 on a flat wicket was an outstanding effort from Jimmy Anderson and the rest of the lads and then we really made hay with the bat. We didn't let them back into the game and it was a pretty comprehensive victory.

‘We're very happy with what we've done, we're still pretty conscious that there is a lot of hard work to do but it's a nice position to be in at the moment. The game of cricket is an odd one and just when you think everything is going your way it can come back and bite you so we've got to keep our work ethic high.

‘There is a lot of confidence in the group and that's a fantastic position to be in but if we start getting a little bit complacent, thinking it is just going to happen, that's going to allow Australia back in the series.’

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