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England’s batting during the morning had continued to prosper much as on Thursday, with the difference that the fall of a wicket was not a matter for concern and more chances could be taken. A minor collapse did in fact occur between ten to 12 and a quarter past, but Sheppard stood fast and stayed even to steer England past 450. For a while he gave Evans his head and Evans obliged with an astonishing little innings. And he entertained everyone with some beautiful stroke play himself. The eventual output from England’s last seven wickets was another 152 runs in 130 minutes, and the first 128 of them came off the two spinners Johnson and Benaud. These two had 17 overs apiece until the new ball was taken, and Johnson acquired four wickets in the process.

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