Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Ashes: Clinical Australia make it 2-0

Mitchell Starc, the Aussie fast-bowler was one of the stars of the second Test in Adelaide
Credit Getty Images Mitchell Starc, the Aussie fast-bowler was one of the stars of the second Test in Adelaide Credit Getty Images
Melissa Porter | 06 December, 2017, 08:40

The hosts will regain the Ashes if they win the third Test in Perth, which begins on 14 December.

England, who hold the urn, were dismissed for 233 in their second innings in the opening session of the fifth and final day of the maiden pink ball Ashes test.

It backfired, with Australia struggling to 53-4 at stumps on day three, and eventually all out for 138 early on day four with Jimmy Anderson returning his best ever figures in Australia of 5-43.

"We always had faith in the team, the belief", Australia captain Steve Smith said.

Root, who swapped barbs with Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb and Tim Paine at various flashpoints of a tense Test, trudged off during Hazlewood's next over.

"I thought if we came out and bowled really well and got one or two wickets things can happen quickly".

A dejected Joe Root leaves the field after falling to Josh Hazlewood.

"I think we're still reasonably confident, obviously the last two days haven't gone to plan but I think we're still in front of the game", said Australia bowling coach David Saker. We showed that from the way we played yesterday.

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.

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

Stuart Broad looked all at sea for 12 balls before Starc found his outside edge, before the victory was completed when Jonny Bairstow chopped on.

Cameron Bancroft shelled a catch when Craig Overton was on five but England's debutant was trapped lbw by the first delivery with the second new ball - a pinpoint inswinger from Starc.

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.

Australia dismissed England for 227 on Monday but decided against sending them back in to bat despite holding a 215-run first innings lead.

Skipper Root led a spirited English fightback and relished the challenge of a record run chase with a fighting unbeaten half-century.

The winning moment for Australia!