Australia produced a superb bowling performance at the Gabba to dismiss England for 136 and take complete dominance of the first Ashes Test of the winter.

Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris snared seven wickets between them as the entire batting line-up failed to deal with the bounce and extreme pace of Johnson before the hosts closed on 65-0, holding a lead of 224 at the end of day two.

The day actually started well for Alastair Cook’s men after claiming the last two wickets of Australia’s first innings which included Brad Haddin after the wicket keeper was ran out by a combination of Michael Carberry and Matt Prior for 94.

England then get off to a solid start and were 55-2 at lunch as Cook and Jonathan Trott were dismissed for 13 and 10 respectively. The second wicket was a crucial one in the last over before the 40 minute break which left it a very even first session of the day.

However, just like 24 hours earlier the middle section of the day was the most productive for the bowling unit. Stuart Broad was the catalyst in an Australian collapse but this time it was Johnson on his return to the Test arena who shone with the red ball.

Kevin Pietersen joined Carberry who had been playing nicely at the crease but it wasn’t long before the Surrey man was on his way back to the changing room for just 18. In truth he could have been out earlier if Peter Siddle hadn’t dropped him off his own bowling before Pietersen was caught at short mid-wicket by debutant George Bailey.

England were 82-3 at this stage and it was a far from disastrous position to be in but the hosts made sure they made their opponents suffer. Opener Carberry was the next wicket for 40 as he edged Johnson to Shane Wason in the slips.

Spinner Nathan Lyon then joined the attack and Englandmstruggled to score runs off his tight bowling and he continued the collapse. He removed 2013 Ashes Man of the Series Ian Bell and vice-captain Matt Prior in consecutive deliveries before Root was caught in the slips off the bowling of Johnson to leave the tourist’s on 89-7.

Only a spirited innings from Stuart Broad saved England from complete embarrassment as they saved the follow-on and passed three figures. The left-hander went on to make 32 off 45 balls as he was supported by Chris Tremlett and James Anderson who faced 37 balls between them after Graeme Swann’s dismissal.

Broad was the last wicket to fall in the 53rd over as England slumped to 136 all out before the hosts continued their charge with the bat.

They faced 22 overs before stumps on day two and ended on 65-0 with David Warner scoring 45 in his usual aggressive style as England failed to make a breakthrough which means they trail by 224 runs.

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