Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Australia dismantles England to win second Ashes Test with 120-run victory

Australia dismantles England to win second Ashes Test with 120-run victory

Mitchell Starc scalped a five-wicket haul as Australia thrashed England by 120 runs in the second Ashes Test to lead the five-match series by 2-0 here at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

The result means that Australia has a ideal record in day-night Tests, having prevailed in all three of the pink-ball matches they have played in Adelaide, as well as the Test they won against Pakistan in Brisbane last summer.

The teams now move to Western Australia where England will have to rally to stay alive in the series. "You want to stamp your authority on the game and to get the early wickets was good, particularly the captain Joe Root", Hazlewood told Grandstand after play.

The threat of an historic England win had evaporated within the first 15 minutes of the final day's play, when both Chris Woakes and England's great hope Joe Root had been dismissed by Josh Hazlewood.

The dismissal of Woakes had an element of fortune in that the feather the nightwatchman got on the ball was picked up by snicko but not the hotspot when it was referred.

England, resuming the final day on 176/4, were bundled out for 233 inside the first session at the Adelaide Oval.

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Root left the field on his overnight score of 67 and with him England's hopes vanished.

Nathan Lyon then sent Moeen Ali (2) back.

Starc needed only one delivery with the second new ball to dismiss the stubborn Craig Overton, also LBW and this time knowing no review was required. But we're still in the series.

"The belief is still there - I don't think we are in a situation we were the last time we were here".

"I thought the way we responded with ball and bat in the second innings was outstanding, especially the way we played last night (Tuesday) in those conditions".

For England, James Anderson took five-wicket but the contribution went in vain as the batting line-up failed to perform on the concluding day. However, they squandered the advantage to allow England to take their chances of winning the game.

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