Updated: 12/08/2013 09:32 | By Agence France-Presse

England in trouble at Ashes as Cook, Carberry go early

England lost skipper Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry in the first hour as they struggled to save the second Ashes Test against Australia in Adelaide on Sunday.


England in trouble at Ashes as Cook, Carberry go early

England's batsman Alastair Cook watches his shot land straight into the hands of Australia's fielder Ryan Harris for a successful catch out off paceman Mitchell Johnson on day four of the second Ashes cricket Test match in Adelaide, December 8, 2013

Michael Clarke declared Australia's second innings at the start of the fourth day, setting the tourists the unlikely task of scoring 531 runs to win the Test and prevent Australia from going two up in the five-Test series.

But England, who beat Australia 3-0 in England earlier this year, lost Cook in Mitchell Johnson's opening over and Carberry followed 10 overs later. Both openers fell hooking.  

It was Johnson's eighth wicket of the match after he captured seven for 40 in England's first innings 172. The left-arm paceman now has 17 wickets in the series.

At the mid-session drinks break, England were 27 for two with Kevin Pietersen on six and Joe Root not out four.

Cook was out to Johnson's third ball of his opening over, hitting the ball straight to Ryan Harris at fine leg for one.

It was a demoralising moment for England, needing to occupy the crease and bat out the final two days to prevent Australia from taking a firm grip on the series.

It completed a dire Test for the skipper, who was spectacularly bowled by Johnson for three in the first innings.

In his past seven tests against Australia, Cook has scored 359 runs at an average of 25.

Carberry, who batted sensibly for 60 in the first innings, was out hooking Peter Siddle for 14 in the 12th over, leaving England 20-2. Nathan Lyon, positioned on the fine leg rope, took the catch just above the ground.

Storms are forecast later in the day.

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