Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Ashes 2017/18, 2nd Test: Hits and misses

Australia's Mitchell Starc has led the attack in the opening two Ashes clashes against England Australia's Mitchell Starc has led the attack in the opening two Ashes clashes against England
Rita Gibson | 06 December, 2017, 09:15

Starc ended with figures of 5/88.

Spinner Nathan Lyon told Channel Nine the team is full of confidence heading into the third Test in Perth next week.

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. "To get those early two (wickets), especially Joe Root, really set us up for the day", said Hazlewood.

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

"I definitely thought we could have batted better - that margin is far too great - and we could have bowled fuller on the first morning when it was definitely doing plenty", Root, who elected to bowl after winning the toss, said at the post-Test press conference. But we're still in the series.

"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".

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

But Steve Smith's men were right back on their game as the Adelaide Oval sunshine came out to play at last on the final afternoon, Josh Hazlewood wasting no time with the instant wickets of nightwatchman Chris Woakes and Root himself in successive overs and Mitchell Starc (five for 88) turning the screw.

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.

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

The Barmy Army was still singing Jerusalem, as is its wont before the second ball of each day, when Woakes got the thinnest of edges behind to a very good delivery.

England, with six wickets in hand, needed 178 runs to win the maiden day-night Ashes test and level the series at 1-1 but fell well short of their victory target and will head to Perth 2-0 down with three matches to play.

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