Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Australia rip through England to win second Test — THE ASHES

Australia rip through England to win second Test — THE ASHES

"In big series, senior players have to step up and lead from the front and I tried to do that last night, but unfortunately this morning, I couldn't carry that on", he conceded. We've got to work out, individually I think, how we can do that for a lot longer.

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.

Root, however, walked after he got late to a good length delivery from Hazlewood and the ball nicked off his bat into the welcoming gloves of Tim Paine.

High on confidence and bowling with more venom than ever, the off-spinner has taken 11 wickets in two tests on pitches not renowned for offering much help to the tweakers.

England resumed at 176-4, needing another 178 runs for an improbable win, but Australia made a dream start to day five.

Stuart Broad (8) edged Starc behind and the left-armer had Jonny Bairstow (36) play on to complete the win.

"Obviously very disappointing", said Root.

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"I hope we see a nice, fast, bouncy wicket - a WACA of old - and we can get stuck into their batters again". "We showed that from the way we played yesterday".

"If we can perform to our ability for longer periods of time, we'll win games".

Only one captain in the long history of test cricket had previously lost a test after opting not to enforce the follow-on and Smith was grateful to his bowlers for getting him out of a hole.

England could turn to a paceman of their own to exploit the Perth surface, with Mark Wood being given a chance to impress selectors after being included in a two-day England Lions warm-up against a Cricket Australia XI in Perth on Saturday. Overs: 84.2. Batting time: 377 minutes.

Josh Hazlewood (2-49) stepped up with two early wickets, while Mitchell Starc (5-88) and Nathan Lyon (2-45) also took scalps on the final day.

It all worked out in the end with Australia cantering to a 120-run victory to take a 2-0 lead in the series on Wednesday, but Smith conceded he might have had a sleepless night if he did not have a bit of pharmaceutical assistance. Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Chris Gaffaney, New Zealand.

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