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England collapse on final day in second test

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06:  Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates with team mates after taking the final wicket of Jonny Bairstow of England and winning the test during day five of the Second Test match during the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

England’s fightback in the second Test ultimately came to nothing as Australia powered to a 120-run win in Adelaide and a 2-0 Ashes lead.

Beginning the final day on 176-4 in pursuit of 354, England lost nightwatchman Chris Woakes to the second ball and Joe Root for 67 in the third over, both to Josh Hazlewood.

If Root’s departure all but confirmed England’s fate, Moeen Ali fell six overs later to make the rest little more than a formality.

Jonny Bairstow gamely resisted for 36, but Mitchell Starc ruthlessly wrapped it up with the second new ball to finish with 5-88.

England lost six wickets in the first session and were bowled out for 233.

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

England have not won at the Waca since 1978 and must reverse an awful run in Australia – they have now lost seven consecutive Tests down under – to have any chance of retaining the urn.

Root’s men only need a draw to keep the Ashes, but England have never come from 2-0 down to draw or win a series against Australia.




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