Cricket: England held up by Waugh and Healy

Cricket: England held up by Waugh and Healy
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THOSE TWIN enforcers of Australian cricket, Steve Waugh and Ian Healy, hit England with both barrels after a one-sided second morning at the Gabba. Both scored centuries as England were left with little but memories of what might have been.

Waugh and Healy are as much an Aussie institution as Burke and Wills and nothing whets their appetite like tough cricket. Indeed Healy has never scored a hundred outside a Test match, and although his record pales beside Waugh's, whose 16th Test century this was, his three figure scores have tended to be crucial.

England began the second day's play needing wickets. Instead they haemorrhaged runs. Of the bowlers, who had a wretched session, only Darren Gough came close to breaking the stand when a ball he thudded into Healy's pads spun back on to the leg-stump. As if symptomatic of England's plight, the bail remained in place.

The first two hours' play was always going to be crucial as Australia's coach, Geoff Marsh, had said the previous evening, and England's bowlers were left clutching a hefty bill for damages as Australia lunched contentedly on 348 for 1, with the partnership between Waugh and Healy worth 170.

Australia won toss

Second day of five; lunchtime board

AUSTRALIA - First Innings

(Overnight: 246 for 5)

S R Waugh not out 107

I A Healy not out 105

Extras (lb7 w1 nb6) 14

Total (for 5, 120 overs) 348

To bat: M S Kasprowicz, S C G MacGill, D W Fleming, G D McGrath.

Bowling: Gough 26-4-97-1 (w1 nb1); Cork 24-5-69-2 (nb1); Mullally 27- 7-73-2 (nb3); Croft 18-5-36-0 (nb1); Fraser 23-6-64-0; M R Ramprakash 2-1-2-0.

ENGLAND: M A Butcher, M A Atherton, N Hussain, *A J Stewart, G P Thorpe, M R Ramprakash, D G Cork, R D B Croft, D Gough, A D Mullally, A R C Fraser.

Umpires: D B Hair and K T Francis (Sri Lanka).