Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ashes: Clinical Australia make it 2-0

Ashes: Clinical Australia make it 2-0

Australia has completed a 120-run victory over England in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on a day five that failed to live up to its monumental promise.

The third test starts December 14 in Perth, where England is in danger of surrendering the urn after winning the Ashes on home soil in 2015.

It backfired, with Australia struggling to 53-4 at stumps on day three, and eventually all out for 138 early on day four with Jimmy Anderson returning his best ever figures in Australia of 5-43.

"We thought if we could come out and bowl well this morning, hit our lengths and get one or two wickets then things can happen quickly".

But after watching nightwatchman Chris Woakes (5) feather a catch off Hazlewood's bowling to wicketkeeper Tim Paine on the second ball of the day, Root was also out caught behind in the Australian paceman's next over without adding to his overnight score as England slumped to 177-6. I don't think we did ourselves justice today. We're still massively in the series.

"We won the Test", Smith correctly rebutted.

"That has to be the benchmark how we approach the rest of the series".

Hazlewood, otherwise below his best in the second Test, nearly hit the 150 km/h mark in a fired-up opening spell that also featured the dismissal of nightwatchman Chris Woakes.

Contact was so feint, in fact, that Aleem Dar's decision was upheld after Woakes went to DRS only on the basis of a Snicko spike and in the absence of any corroboration at all from Hotspot technology.

Nathan Lyon then followed up on Hazlewood's handiwork in his first over to crush England's still faint hopes with a third wicket inside the first 45 minutes of play.

Both had succumbed to significant movement off the pitch, not previously evident in this match, and Hazlewood kept getting the ball to dart around against new batsmen Moeen Ali and Bairstow too.

The day began with England 178 runs from victory with six wickets in hand.

Australia dismissed England for 227 on Monday but decided against sending them back in to bat despite holding a 215-run first innings lead.

Root's innings was always going to be crucial to his team's chances of chasing down a record 354 at Adelaide Oval and although the innings limped on into a second hour, the hope raised among the English on Tuesday was gone.

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