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Clarke is delighted as Aussies level series

By Robert Jones

Australia captain Michael Clarke deemed his side's resounding second-Test victory over England as the perfect response to the stunning defeat they suffered in the first match of the series.

After declaring their second innings at 254-2, setting England a huge target of 509 with a day and a half remaining at Lord's, the Aussies skittled them within just 37 overs, bowling Alastair Cook's men out for only 103 runs inside five hours to level the Ashes series at 1-1.

Just a week ago, England were celebrating after a 169-run victory in the first match of the series in Cardiff, leaving Australia to do a lot of soul searching and they have answered back in style.

"I couldn't have asked for a better performance," said Clarke.

"The intent from our batsmen through the second innings was great and the execution from the bowlers was spot on."

Mitchell Johnson took three England wickets in the second innings, after also taking three in the first innings, which earned him praise from his captain.

"Mitch is a great weapon to have in your team but I think the whole attack deserves credit, because the way they bowl allows me to use him as I did in this game," he said.

"We just didn't play good cricket in Cardiff, and were outplayed, but credit to the boys, to be able to turn that around and come and play fantastic cricket."

Johnson wasn't the only one to get a verbal pat on the back.

"I think the game was set up by the way we batted in the first innings, by the way we stopped England's momentum from the first Test," said Clarke.

"That's why I think Chris Rogers and Steve Smith deserve a lot of credit for that.

"Then we grabbed momentum by making as many runs as we did."

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