4 Jan 2011

England bowlers in control at lunch on day two in Sydney

3:04 pm on 4 January 2011

England's bowlers took a firm grip on the Ashes series by reducing Australia to 230-8 at lunch on the second day of the fifth and final test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The tourists have already retained the Ashes courtesy of their innings and 157-run victory in Melbourne last week but Australia could still square the series at 2-2 with a victory this week.

However England are determined to win an Ashes series in Australia for the first time in 24 years, and their bowlers put in yet another session of disciplined and accurate bowling to take control of the match.

Australian fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson (30 not out) and Ben Hilfenhaus (14 not out) were having some fun wagging the tail and had combined for 41 when lunch finally came after a session extended after Monday's rain.