Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Joe Root Pic Mark Brake – CA Cricket Australia Getty Images
06 December, 2017, 10:12
Joe Root reflected on missed opportunities as Australia destroyed England's valiant comeback in Adelaide to take a 2-0 Ashes lead - but says his team are still "massively" in the series.
England resumed at 176-4 on Wednesday, needing a further 178 to achieve a national record fourth-innings run chase for a win that would level the Ashes series at 1-1.
The paceman delivered a hefty blow when he removed Chris Woakes with the second ball of the day and two overs later landed a knockout punch when he had Joe Root caught behind before the England captain could add to his overnight 67. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon packed off Moeen Ali and left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc then took the last three wickets to wrap up a win which ended a roller-coaster Test match.
Starc finished with the figures of 5 for 88 while Lyon and Hazlewood got 2 wickets each. 'I thought England pulled it back really well yesterday but we always felt coming in today that we would get the win.
The 26-year-old Yorkshireman got late to a good length delivery from Hazlewood and the ball nicked off his bat into the welcoming gloves of Tim Paine.
The result means that Australia has a flawless 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.Australia now have an opportunity to regain the Ashes in the third test, which begins at the WACA on Thursday next week.
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Jonny Bairstow offered some resistance with his 36 off 57 balls but Mitchell Starc returned to finish the tail with three wickets.
"Certainly, all of our players have competed at different times during, not just this Test match but the first as well, and showed they can bat".
However, it all went rather wrong for Root and co. on the fifth and final day, and they eventually lost out to their hosts by 120 runs.
At least the England fans who had awoken in the small hours back home in anticipation of a tense final day could get some sleep.
"We're delighted to be in a position to have any chance of winning the game", said Anderson, whose 5-43 gave him his first five-wicket haul in Australia.
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