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August 13, 1888 – The Oval

Australia 80 & 100, England 317. England won by an innings and 137 runs.

In the very next match, England came up with a spectacular two-day victory of their own and levelled the series at 1-1. Like the last game, it was Australia who won the toss and batted first, and were all out for a low score.

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Bobby Abel, England’s top scorer with 70.

They were bowled out for 80 after a five-wicket haul by English left-arm spinner Johnny Briggs and were looking to do what they did in the last game – bowl England out cheaply. Alas, that did not happen this time as England recovered from 165/5 to finish off at a solid 317 after a strong performance by the middle and lower order.

England then produced a splendid bowling performance to claim victory after taking all Aussie wickets for just 100 runs. Billy Barnes finished with figures of 5/32 and England were back in the series.

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