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Australia collapse leaves England on top

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  • James Anderson takes 4-36 as Australia end second day on 156 for eight
  • Australia lose six wickets in final session to leave England in driving seat
  • England make 425 with last-wicket pair putting on 47 in 53 balls
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(CNN) -- England paceman James Anderson took four wickets to bowl them into a winning position at the close of the second day of the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's.

Anderson celebrates the prize wicket of Ponting at Lord's on the second morning.

Anderson celebrates the prize wicket of Ponting at Lord's on the second morning.

Australia lost six wickets after tea to collapse to 156 for eight in reply to England's first innings of 425 and still need another 70 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Anderson took the crucial wickets of Phillip Hughes and captain Ricky Ponting in the morning session, but the visitors battled to 87 for two at tea in a session disrupted by rain and looked to be fighting back.

But in the final session inspired bowling by the home pacemen saw wickets tumble.

Opener Simon Katich top-edged a pull shot off Graham Onions and was caught for 48 by a diving Stuart Broad at fine leg, starting the rout.

Andrew Flintoff, playing in his final Test at Lord's, then bowled Mike Hussey for a well-made half century.

Andersen, who ended the day with 4-36, took the next two wickets, removing Aussie vice captain Michael Clarke for just one run and Marcus North for a duck as he played on.

Broad took the final two wickets of the day, sending back dangerous lower order batsman Mitchell Johnson, who hooked him to Alastair Cook at deep square leg for 4.

Brad Haddin went to the same combination for 28 to leave Australia in deep trouble.

Nathan Hauritz, who was batting after dislocating a finger on Thursday, and Peter Siddle were both unbeaten on 3.

The new floodlights at Lord's were used in a Test for the first time before tea as bad light hit the home of cricket.

Earlier, England lost captain Andrew Srauss for 161 to the second ball of the day, but home hero Anderson lashed 29 to put on 47 in 53 balls with Onions for the last wicket to help them past 400.


Anderson then worked his magic with the ball, having Hughes caught down the legside and claiming the prize scalp of Ponting, who made 150 in the drawn first Test in Cardiff.

England are bidding for their first victory over Australia at Lord's since 1934 and to win back the Ashes in the five-Test series.

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