Updated: Saturday, 04 January 2014 08:36 | By Agence France-Presse

Dismal England reeling as wickets tumble

Struggling England suffered yet another top-order collapse against Australia on the second day of the final Ashes Test on Saturday as they slip towards a humiliating 5-0 series defeat. 

Dismal England reeling as wickets tumble

Australian bowler Ryan Harris (L) appeals successfully for an LBW decision against England captain Alastair Cook on the second day of the fifth Ashes cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2014

The beleaguered tourists lost Alastair Cook to the second ball of the day when the skipper, who did not offer a shot, was trapped leg before wicket by Ryan Harris for seven.

Ian Bell was dropped by Shane Watson off the next ball but nightwatchman James Anderson, who needed treatment after taking a painful blow on his right bowling hand fending off a rearing Mitchell Johnson delivery, did not last long.

He edged Johnson to Michael Clarke at second slip for seven, leaving the tourists reeling at 14 for three in the 10th over.

Rampant Australia followed up with the wicket of Kevin Pietersen (3), snapped up in the slips by Watson off Harris, to leave the tourists 17-4. Bell was then out for two, caught behind by Brad Haddin off Peter Siddle to make it 23-5.

England are chasing Australia's first innings total of 326, with the home side bidding to sweep the series 5-0 for only the third time in Ashes history.

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