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England go one up

England won the second Ashes Test at Lord's by 115 runs to inflict a rare loss to Australia at Lord's.

Whilst I think England were saved by the rain in the first Test in Cardiff, at Lord's they were a complete side and deserved the victory.

I thought Andrew Flintoff with his five wickets in the second innings made a huge difference and was probably the difference but I think the victory was crafted in the first innings.

In the first innings captain Andrew Strauss scored a superb 161 and when Australia came to bat they didn't have a particularly good first innings.

Only Mike Hussey managed to get a half century with half a dozen players getting single digits. Whilst the second innings performance was much better with Michael Clarke's innings it was a bit too late.

So England are one up going to third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. I think its critical for Australia to avoid another defeat in the Midlands.

Going one up can you give a psychological edge but I think Australia should be able to rise up and square the series especially if the top order batsmen can start firing again.

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