Updated: Saturday, 07 December 2013 13:17 | By Agence France-Presse

Johnson's seven wickets to destroy England at Ashes

Mitchell Johnson shattered England's hopes of a series-levelling win in the second Test with one of the great Ashes bowling spells to hand Australia a massive 398-run innings lead Saturday.


Johnson's seven wickets to destroy England at Ashes

Australia's paceman Mitchell Johnson celebrates his wicket of England's batsman Stuart Broad on the third day of the second Ashes cricket Test match in Adelaide on December 7, 2013

Johnson reprised his man-of-the-match performance in the 381-run first Gabba Test win with a destructive seven for 40 that put England out of the game and Australia on the cusp of a two-nil series lead with three Tests to play.

Australia, who declared at 570 for nine, once again skittled the Ashes holders cheaply in the series. England have yet to score beyond 200 after being dismissed for 136 and 179 in the Gabba first Test.

Only Ian Bell (72 not out) and Michael Carberry (60) offered any resistance as England's batsmen showed a distinct lack of appetite to face the hostile Johnson, who has now taken 16 wickets in the series.

Bell remained unconquered in his 106-ball knock as England were dismissed for 172. Australia decided not to enforce the follow-on to give their bowlers a breather ahead of next week's third Perth Test.

Johnson shattered England with three wickets in a devastating 14th over, with the firebrand speedster taking out Ben Stokes (1), Matt Prior (0) and Stuart Broad (0).

Graeme Swann fought off Johnson's hat-trick ball with a shot through vacant mid-wicket for three before he became another victim.

Debutant Stokes was out for the first leg before wicket dismissal of the Test after a review, and out-of-form Prior was shortened up by a lifting delivery before Johnson snared him next ball, edging to Brad Haddin.

Broad soon followed with Johnson smashing into his leg stump to put him on the hattrick in his next over.

Johnson had Swann caught by a leaping Michael Clarke at second slip for seven and then he cleaned up Jimmy Anderson's middle-stump for a first-ball duck.

Johnson ran past eye-balling Anderson as the Englishman left the wicket to put the demon paceman on another hattrick. That gave Johnson the figures of five for 12 in three overs.

But Bell saw it off hitting in the air towards Chris Rogers at short extra cover.

England lost three wickets before lunch highlighted by a sensational David Warner left-handed catch to dismiss opener Carberry, coming on top of the wickets of Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen earlier in the session. 

Carberry showed plenty of resolve and application in his 202-minute stint, but he dropped his head in dismay when Warner pulled off a brilliant catch at square leg off Shane Watson to send him on his way for his maiden Test half-century.

Root batted solidly in the opening half-hour before he lashed out on the first ball he faced from spinner Lyon.

He got a top edge to a slog sweep outside off-stump and skied high to deep backward square leg where Chris Rogers took the catch.

Pietersen, who scored 227 on his last bat in the corresponding Adelaide Test three years ago, only lasted 12 balls before he was on his way inside the first hour to an ill-judged shot.

Pietersen clipped the ball to mid-wicket where George Bailey took a splendid juggling catch on the third attempt to be out for four. It was the eighth time Siddle has taken Pietersen's wicket in Tests.

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