England destroyed by Johnson

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England need to find a way to play Mitchell Johnson, and they most do so before the next Test in Perth on a wicket tailor made for his aggressive bowling. The tourists were, once again, skittled by the left-armer, this time in Adelaide, as Australia took complete control of the second match of the Ashes series.

Australia had piled on the runs, all 570 of them, in the first innings and England failed to provide even the faintest hopes of surpassing that daunting total. 172 was England's feeble effort and, perhaps thankfully, Michael Clarke did not further add to the embarrassment by enforcing the follow-on.

Joe Root was the first England batsman to relinquish his wicket on day three. After repelling Johnson and Ryan Harris for a large portion of the first hour, the Yorkshireman saw the Nathan Lyon as an ideal opportunity to free himself from the scoring shackles. His slog-sweep, however, only found Chris Rogers on the boundary.

Kevin Pietersen, who has scored runs aplenty at Adelaide, fell for only four as he played Peter Siddle into the hands of George Bailey, before a comeback of sorts was staged by Michael Carberry and Ian Bell.

Carberry passed 50 before he was provided a catch to Warner off the bowling of Shane Watson to leave England 111-4 and prompt another almighty collapse. Ben Stokes, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad all went after only five more runs had been scored, and all to Johnson.

Graeme Swann was only able to face 11 balls before he, too, was ousted by Johnson, who then cleaned up James Anderson with his very next delivery. This completed a sensational spell of 5-16 in just five overs.

Bell made an admirable fist at launching a recovery as he farmed the strike away from Monty Panesar, who himself blocked effectively, before Johnson streaked through the defences of the spinner. Bell was stranded on 72, and Johnson finished with 7-40.

Anderson provided England with hope of sorts when he dismissed Chris Rogers and Shane Watson in the same over with Australia having scored only four runs, but the hosts ended the day on 132-3, 530 runs ahead and in a position of ominous supremacy.

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