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Ashes 2017/18, 2nd Test: Hits and misses

Ashes 2017/18, 2nd Test: Hits and misses

Australia beat England by 120 runs in the second Ashes test at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the series with three matches remaining.

Mitchell Starc was the destroyer-in-chief destroyer with 5/88 and he got excellent support from Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.

Resuming on their overnight score of 176-4 and chasing a mammoth target of 354, England lost nightwatchman Chris Woakes on the second ball of the day as he feathered a catch to wicketkeeper Tim Paine off the excellent Josh Hazlewood.

The third Test gets underway in Perth on 14 December.

However, it was Hazlewood who caused the maximum damage on the final morning by getting rid of risky Joe Root for 67.

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

"I definitely thought we could have batted better - that margin is far too great - and we could have bowled fuller on the first morning when it was definitely doing plenty", Root, who elected to bowl after winning the toss, said at the post-Test press conference.

Chandimal left out of ODI squad
The 9 ODI specialists are due to leave the island tonight and will join the rest of the players who are now in the Test squad . However, after reaching the airport, the team had to return, as the team was not granted approval by the Ministry of Sports.

"The way we went about things in the second innings proved we are still massively in this series - we have shown we can outperform Australia but we haven't done it for five days".

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.

Cameron Bancroft dropped Craig Overton (7) but his luck only lasted until the second new ball, Starc trapping him plumb in front with an in-swinger.

For the record, Starc bagged Stuart Broad caught-behind and Bairstow was last out chopping on to his former Yorkshire team-mate.

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

Marsh, whose ton proved to be the differentiator between the two teams, remained unbeaten on 126 as Australia declared their innings on 442/8.