England lose openers before lunch

England lose openers before lunch
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Australia require eight more wickets to move into a 2-0 Ashes series lead over England.

Australia require eight more wickets to move into a 2-0 Ashes series lead over England.

With showers forecast and his side 530 runs ahead, Australia captain Michael Clarke declared on 132-3 at the start of day four in Adelaide.

However, the weather did not intervene during the first session, which got off to a nightmare start from an English perspective.

Skipper Alastair Cook was dismissed for one in the second over, as Mitchell Johnson continued his destructive form.

Cook was tempted into attacking a short ball that he top-edged to fine-leg, where Brad Harris ran in to take a brilliant catch.

Things got worse for the tourists when fellow opener Michael Carberry departed to leave England on 20-2.

As with Cook, it was a hook shot that got Carberry into trouble. This time Peter Siddle was the bowler and Nathan Lyon took the catch.

England have since displayed resistance in the form of a 45-run partnership between Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen.

The duo remain unbeaten on 29 and 18 respectively, while England are 65-2 with five sessions of the second Test remaining.

Australia's Mitchell Johnson is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of England's Stuart Broad during day three of the second Ashes test on December 7, 2013
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