Starc picks five as Australia conquer Adelaide Test to take 2-0 Ashes lead

Australian players celebrating the win in the Adelaide Test
Australian players celebrating the win in the Adelaide Test

Australia 442-8 dec & 138 (Anderson 5-43) beat
England 227 & 233 (Root 67) by 120 runs
Second Test, Adelaide, day five

Mitchell Starc completed a five-wicket haul as Australia bowled out England for 233 runs in the final innings to complete a 120-run victory in the second Test in Adelaide and take a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series.

This is also Australia's fourth win from as many games in day-night Test matches with three of it coming in Adelaide and the other in Brisbane.

England started the final day's play with a score of 176 for four, needing another 178 runs to win. Their hopes went dashing when Josh Hazlewood (2-49) claimed the wickets of Chris Woakes (5) and Joe Root (67) in his first two overs, both being caught behind.

Woakes reviewed the decision and it almost went in his favour when Hot Spot failed to show any edge but a faint noise signal from snicko sealed his fate.

Nathan Lyon (2-45) was brought into the attack and straightaway he picked Moeen Ali (2) for the fourth time in the series when he attempted a slog sweep and was trapped LBW leaving England reeling at 188 for seven.

Craig Overton (7) was handed a reprieve when he was dropped in the slips by Cameron Bancroft but his 34-ball vigil ended when Starc (5-88) trapped him LBW in the first delivery with the second new ball.

Despite, Jonny Bairstow (36) waging a lone fight, it took Starc just 13 more deliveries to dismiss Stuart Broad (8) and finally castle Bairstow to complete his five wicket haul and a 120 run victory for Australia.

For his unbeaten 126 run knock in the first innings that helped Australia post 442, Shaun Marsh was declared the man of the match.

England will now play a warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI on 9th and 10th December at Richardson Park before taking on Australia in the third Test in Perth on 14th December.

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