Australia blast England away on final day to go 2-0 up
Australia have gone 2-0 up in the Ashes series and accordingly have shortened to $1.14 favourites with Unibet to retain the sacred urn. Australia completed a 120-run victory over England in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on a day five that failed to live up to its exciting promise.
Australia quickly tear heart out of England’s hopes
England arrived at the Adelaide Oval on the final day, hope springing eternal, or until skipper Joe Root got out. England’s eternal hope lasted for only 17 deliveries. By the time the final day was only three overs old, Josh Hazlewood had dismissed skipper Root and Chris Woakes.
From that point on, England’s token resistance was mopped up quickly by Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon and secured the Baggy Greens a 2-0 Ashes series lead. Australia now have one hand on The Ashes trophy. Coming back from 2-0 may be a bridge too far for this brave, but ultimately outclassed English touring side.
England’s brave resistance ends
England fought bravely on day four and hearts and minds of the English brains trust would have sunk to see the Woakes-Root partnership break after only two balls on the final day.
The day began with England 178 runs from an unlikely victory with six wickets in hand. In an anti-climactic Day 5, they eventually added only 57 to their overnight total for the loss of all six of those wickets. That England had fought back into this match, and that they entered the final day with any hope of a good result, was a shock in itself. Unofficially, England had lost this test on the first two days, when they sent Australia in and saw them make 8-442.
Whilst there were some surprises (including James Anderson’s stunning display of swing bowling on the third evening), anything that occurred after giving up a 215-run first innings lead was pure entertainment only.
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