Swann still confident despite Aussie fightback

SPINNER Graeme Swann insists England remain favourites to clinch the second Test at Lord&rsquo;s today, while preventing Australia from blasting their way into the record books.<br /><br />Chasing a first Ashes victory at Lord&rsquo;s in 75 years, the hosts moved&nbsp; into cruise control after reducing the Australians to 128-5&nbsp; at one stage &ndash; still 403 short of victory.<br /><br />But a monumental sixth-wicket partnership of 185 from centurion Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin saw the Aussies edge to 313-5 at the close, just 209 runs adrift of the 522 victory target.<br /><br />The current world record for a successful fourth innings run chase stands at 418-7 set by the West Indies against Australia in 2003. But Swann insists the new ball this morning will ensure England end the Australian dream and take a 1-0 serie lead. <br /><br />&ldquo;They will have to break a world record to beat us,&rdquo; said the Notts spinner. &ldquo;We still have a new ball with Andrew Flintoff roaring in at 90mph and James Anderson swinging it at the other end. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a massive chase and if they manage to get 500 then fair play to them, but I still think we&rsquo;re favourites.&rdquo; <br /><br />England began the day by declaring their second innings on 311-6, giving the Australians two full days to achieve their almighty task. And it looked completely out of the question early on when Andrew Flintoff threw down a furious spell of 2-9 off seven overs, taking the wickets of openers Simon Katich (6) and Phil Hughes (17) &ndash; albeit controversially it must be said &ndash; with 34 on the board.<br /><br />Convinced Andrew Strauss had not properly caught Hughes in the slips, Australia captain Ricky Ponting played with purpose until he stepped back onto his stumps for 38 when smashing a Stuart Broad delivery.<br /><br />Swann then took over and had the Lord&rsquo;s crowd anticipating an early finish with two wickets in six overs. First, Mike Hussey was harshly adjudged to have nicked a turning ball to Paul Collingwood at slip, but there was no debate about the second wicket, Marcus North clean bowled through the gate. <br /><br />But just as England had victory in sight, Clarke and Haddin came together and ruined the victory party with a glorious three-hour stand which has Australian coach Tim Neilson believing in miracles. &ldquo;At some stage in the future a team will chase down 500, I hope it&rsquo;s us on Monday,&rdquo; he said.