Michael Clarke hits out during the 2nd Natwest One Day International match between England and Australia at The Kia Oval on July 1 in London, England.
Michael Clarke hits out during the 2nd Natwest One Day International match between England and Australia at The Kia Oval on July 1 in London, England. Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Aus at risk of losing top spot

MITCHELL Johnson's return to the international game brought even the world's most famous cricket tragic, Mick Jagger, to the Oval and there were any number of Rolling Stones songs suitable for cheap reference.

A couple of more contemporary numbers, Out of Control and Biggest Mistake, sprung to mind after a wayward start, although perhaps Mixed Emotions was a fair choice in the wash-up.

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This was not exactly the comeback Johnson had in mind. Well known in these parts for his hot and cold Ashes record, what the much-maligned fast bowler did not need in front of a patriotic, unforgiving and hollering assembly in London's south was a spate of no-balls to cruel his first appearance in Australian colours since last November.

 

On top of that England cruised to victory in the second one-day international, reaching the victory target of 252 with six wickets and 26 balls to spare, to take a 2-0 series lead heading into Wednesday's third match at Edgbaston.

All of a sudden their aspirations for a 5-0 series whitewash, a result that would make England the world's top-ranked nation in all three cricket formats, are not looking overly ambitious but thoroughly achievable. Australia, the floundering world No.1 team in the ODI game, look to have few answers, and even captain Michael Clarke admitted there is a serious gulf between the nations.

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