England tightened their grip on the Ashes urn after a crushing 347-run defeat of Australia, to take a 2-0 series lead with victory in the second Test at Lord's.

Joe Root was the star of the show, and although he fell short of a double-century on day four, he bounced back to take two crucial wickets shortly before tea, to help down the toursts.

Despite an overnight lead of 466 the hosts chose to continue batting on Sunday, with Alistair Cook sensing an opportunity to further wear down the wicket, as well as helping Root to that landmark 200 runs.

However, England declared on 349-7 after the Yorkshireman was dismissed for 180, leaving Australia needing 583 to level the series at 1-1.

Out came Shane Watson and Chris Rogers to the crease, facing a daunting task that looked to be even more impossible by lunch, with Australia sitting on 36-3, and at risk of an even worse showing than their first innings score of 128.

First Watson (20) went lbw off a James Anderson delivery, then Graeme Swann removed Rogers (6) and Phil Hughes (1) in quick succession, on a pitch that was perfect for his spin delivery.

Michael Clarke and Usman Khawaja restored some stability to the Australian batting order, holding out for a partnership of 98, before Root removed the tourists' captain for 51, then proceeded to remove Khawaja (54) in the following over, after his ball was caught by Anderson at second slip.

Tim Bresnan claimed the wickets of Steve Smith (1) and Ashton Agar (16) either side of tea in somewhat controversial circumstances, after both players were given out by the third umpire, despite no clear hotspot marks on the bat.

Brad Haddin (7) was the next Australian casualty, given out lbw for Swann's third wicket of the afternoon, then Anderson removed Peter Siddle (18) to take England within one wicket of second Test glory.

Ryan Harris (16) and James Pattinson (35) offered some brief resistance to the hosts' bowling attack, but in the final session and with just four balls remaining, Swann trapped Pattinson lbw to send England's players into delighted celebrations. 

 

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