January 23, 2018

Ashes: England all out for 233, Australia win by 120 runs

06 December 2017, 09:15 | Joan Schultz

Ashes: Clinical Australia make it 2-0

Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc have both copped it from the Barmy Army now

The hosts had appeared a little rattled for much of the penultimate day in this second Test, while England captain Joe Root was sustaining England's unlikely fightback with a determined half-century. Starc's trademark wiping of the tail saw him finish with figures of 5-88.

Before the Ashes action moves to Perth, let's have a look at the hits and misses from the second Test.

"We always had faith in the team, the belief", Australia captain Steve Smith said. "Unfortunately losing the two early wickets really hampered our chances", Root said.

While Root was batting England's hopes lingered of bringing off a record run chase of 345 at Adelaide Oval. "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.

Root, however, simply walked from the field after edging behind.

"I didn't think it would happen that quickly".

"We're still massively in the series".

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"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".

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

The edge Hazlewood found was so slight a bemused Woakes sent the decision to the DRS, and though Hot Spot showed no mark, Snicko was unequivocal and the nightwatchman was removed.

That left England lurching towards defeat on 188 for seven after 45 minutes of play on the final day.

"It's obviously very disappointing [to lose]", added the 26-year-old, who snicked Josh Hazlewood behind from the 17th ball on day five.

Starc then removed Stuart Broad caught behind and finished the job by bowling Jonny Bairstow, England's last recognisable batsman, for 36 and the tourists were all out for 233.

England have not won at the Waca since 1978 and must reverse an terrible run in Australia - they have now lost seven consecutive Tests down under - to have any chance of retaining the urn.

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