Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

THE ASHES: Australia rip through England to win second Test

THE ASHES: Australia rip through England to win second Test

A defiant Joe Root insisted the Ashes series was by no means over despite England falling to a 120-run defeat in the second test at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday to go 2-0 down with three matches to play.

Chasing a fourth-innings target of 354, England were bowled out for 233, with only captain Joe Root (67) constructing a half-century.

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Chris Woakes fell in the very first over of the day as he was caught behind off Hazlewood. However, Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood (2/49) removed both Woakes and Root in qucik succession before Mitchell Starc (5/88) wiped out the English tail.

No captain had ever inserted the opposition in a day-night Test before and the decision soon backfired as Australia posted 8-442 declared in their first innings.

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Australia captain Steve Smith, speaking to BT Sport: "It's phenomenal to be 2-0 up in the series". "An unbelievable feeling to get a hundred on day two".

The third Test gets underway in Perth on 14 December. "Looking forward to Perth, 2-0 up, looking forward to recharging and having another crack", Marsh said after the victory. England has continually failed to adjust to its notorious pace and bounce and have won just one Test Match there since 1978, losing on each of the last seven occasions. I thought the way we went about everything yesterday was excellent and that's got to be the benchmark in how we approach the rest of this series.

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"Disappointing", said Root. "I don't think we did ourselves justice".

The 2017 Ashes will move to the WACA Ground in Perth for the third Australia vs England Test starting December 14.

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Hopes of a remarkable Test win on the fifth and final day at Adelaide Oval were quickly extinguished by a rampant Australia side, who ripped through England to bowl out the tourists for 233 before tea.

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