LONDON - England won an Ashes Test at Lord's for the first time in 75 years as they beat Australia by 115 runs in the second Test in London yesterday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Australia, set a record 522 to win, were bowled out for 406 on the fifth and final day with fast bowling all-rounder Andrew Flintoff taking five wickets for 92 runs and off-spinner Graeme Swann four for 87.
England, who clung on for a draw in the first Test in Cardiff, made a sound start with captain Andrew Strauss scoring 161 in a first innings total of 425.
Swing bowler James Anderson then took Test-best figures against Australia of four wickets for 77 runs as the touring team were bowled out for 215 in reply.
Strauss decided against enforcing the follow-on and, thanks to brisk fifties from Paul Collingwood and Matthew Prior, saw England make 311 for six before he declared their second innings before play on Sunday.
Australia were then left needing to set a world record for the highest fourth innings total to win a Test, surpassing the 418 for seven made by the West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2002-03, to win.
England, aided by some favourable umpiring decisions, reduced them to 128 for five before a sixth-wicket stand of 185 between Michael Clarke (136) and Brad Haddin (80) revived Ashes-holders Australia's hopes.
But Flintoff removed Haddin with his fourth ball yesterday and from then on wickets fell steadily before Swann bowled the gritty Mitchell Johnson for 63 to wrap up the match shortly before lunch. The third Test of the series starts at Edgbaston on July 30. - AFP