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THE ASHES: Australia rip through England to win second Test

THE ASHES: Australia rip through England to win second Test

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.

"Obviously we've taken 40 wickets over the last couple of weeks and done some really good things but there's still room for improvement".

Reflecting on the result, Root was asked if he would change his decision and the 26-year-old replied: "It's easy to say that now".

Root was the only English batsman to pass 50 in Adelaide, scoring 67 in the second dig.

The dismissal of Woakes had an element of fortune in that the feather the nightwatchman got on the ball was picked up by snicko but not the hotspot when it was referred.

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. It nearly backfired with Australia bundled out for just 138, presenting England with an unexpected winning chance to chase down a record fourth innings of 345 at Adelaide Oval. "We are where we are with it and we have to get on with it because it's there for this series".

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Jonny Bairstow, England's last recognisable batsman, had stood tall for 36 in hard circumstances but edged another Starc fizzer onto his middle stump and the tourists were all out for 233. "We showed that from the way we played yesterday".

"I thought we showed a lot of character and the way the senior players stood up, in the field especially, to bowl them out for what we did and then go about it with the bat in the manner we did was excellent".

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.

"I'd strongly disagree", he said when asked what he would say to those who believed England were heading for another whitewash.

Australia 1st Innings: 442 decl.

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Squad for practice game: Moeen Ali (c), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes (wk), Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Mark Wood. Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Chris Gaffaney, New Zealand.


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