ADELAIDE, Dec 6: Pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood spearheaded Australia to a crushing 120-run win over England to open up a 2-0 lead in the five-Test Ashes series in Adelaide on Wednesday.
Australia’s Josh Hazlewood celebrates after picking up a wicket during day five of the 2nd Ashes Test against England in Adelaide, on Wednesday.
Hazlewood snuffed out England’s outside hopes of a come-from-behind victory when he dismissed captain Joe Root in the third over of the final day of the first-ever day-night Ashes Test.
Starc mopped up the tail to finish with five for 88.
Holders England now face the prospect of losing the series in next week’s third Test at Perth’s WACA Ground where they have not won a Test since 1978.
“We always had the faith in the team and the belief,” Australia skipper Steve Smith said.
“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.”
While Root was batting England’s hopes lingered of bringing off a record run chase of 345 at Adelaide Oval.
But Hazlewood enticed a bottom edge and wicketkeeper Tim Paine did the rest to the unrestrained glee of the Australian team.
Root left the field on his overnight score of 67 and with him England’s hopes vanished.
“Disappointing. I don’t think we did ourselves justice,” Root said.
“We’re still massively in the series. We showed that from the way we played yesterday.
“That has to be the benchmark how we approach the rest of the series.”
Nightwatchman Chris Woakes was out on the second ball of the day, caught behind off Hazlewood for five. Woakes sought a review and while the ‘Hot Spot’ infrared imaging system could not find anything, the ‘Snicko’ sound-video technology detected an edge and the umpire’s decision was upheld.
Nathan Lyon got the wicket of fellow off-spinner Moeen Ali for the fourth time in the series, leg before wicket as he attempted to sweep when on two.
Australia 1st innings: 442-8 decl.
England 1st innings: 227
Australia 2nd innings: 138
England 2nd innings (Overnight: 176/4): A Cook lbw b Lyon 16, M Stoneman c Khawaja b Starc 36, J Vince c Handscomb b Starc 15, JE Root c Paine b Hazlewood 67, D Malan b Cummins 29, C Woakes c Paine b Hazlewood 5, M Ali lbw b Lyon 2, J Bairstow b Starc 36, C Overton lbw b Starc 7, S Broad c Paine b Starc 8, J Anderson not out 0. Extras: (b 7, lb 5) 12. Total: (All out, 84.2 overs) 233. Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-54, 3-91, 4-169, 5-176, 6-177, 7-188, 8-206, 9-224, 10-233. Bowling: M Starc 19.2-3-88-5, J Hazlewood 20-7-49-2, P Cummins 20-6-39-1, N Lyon 25-6-45-2. – AFP