England lose second Ashes Test by 120 runs in Adelaide

Henrietta Brewer
December 6, 2017

Australia has won the inaugural day-night Ashes test by 120 runs on the last day, with Josh Hazlewood striking twice in the first three overs and Mitchell Starc finishing off the tail as the pace attack crushed England's slim hopes of a comeback victory.

Root, who eked out a half century under the Adelaide Oval lights, will probably need to stay out in the sun for much of the fifth day if he is to lead England to a first test win in Australia in almost seven years. "To get those early two (wickets), especially Joe Root, really set us up for the day", said Hazlewood.

Chris Woakes (5) edged Hazlewood through to Tim Paine off the second ball of the day and was given out, his review failing after Snicko showed a noise but nothing came up on Hot Spot.

Starc finished with the figures of 5 for 88 while Lyon and Hazlewood got 2 wickets each.

The former Aussie captain stated that we aren't watching a really good Australia team, we're just seeing a really week English side.

Removing the nightwatchman was a start, but the crucial wicket of Root followed, the England captain edging Hazlewood behind without adding to his overnight score.

Trevor Bayliss does not anticipate big changes for the Perth Test, despite his frustrations with the batting displays which have left the tourists 2-0 down in the Ashes series.

"Disappointing. I don't think we did ourselves justice", Root said.

Craig Overton stayed around for 39 minutes before he fell lbw to a Starc inswinger for seven with the first delivery of the second new ball. "But we're still in the series".

Root says he is proud of the "character" England showed and has now urged his players to perform like that for longer in the third, must-not-lose, Ashes Test at the WACA from December 14.

Smith also wasted two umpire referrals within three balls and England rallied, getting a glimmer of hope for victory, particularly with Australia having no referrals available on the final day.

The hosts got 442-8 declared on the back of Man of the Match Shaun Marsh's 126 not out before dismissing England for 227 but Smith sent his batsmen back in only for James Anderson and Woakes to bowl them out for 138.

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