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Starc, Hazlewood lead Australia to second Ashes Test win

Starc, Hazlewood lead Australia to second Ashes Test win

Australia has won the inaugural day-night Ashes test by 120 runs on the last day, with Josh Hazlewood striking twice in the first three overs and Mitchell Starc finishing off the tail as the pace attack crushed England's slim hopes of a comeback victory.

The third Test gets underway in Perth on 14 December.

England arrived at Adelaide Oval on the fifth day knowing that hope springs eternal, or at least until Joe Root gets out.

Smith said there was some nervousness heading into the final day, but he was pleased for his team. Root couldn't add a single run to his overnight score as he also departed caught behind off Hazlewood.

"I don't think there's real need to panic", he said. But we're still in the series. "It's played on my mind a little bit over the last couple of days and I thought: 'Have I made a mistake here, have I not?' On another day I might decide to go the other way but, in the end, we've won the Test match so it's irrelevant".

"That has to be the benchmark how we approach the rest of the series".

The edge Hazlewood found was so slight a bemused Woakes sent the decision to the DRS, and though Hot Spot showed no mark, Snicko was unequivocal and the nightwatchman was removed.




Nathan Lyon got the wicket of fellow off-spinner Moeen Ali for the fourth time in the series, leg before wicket as he attempted to sweep when on two.

There was an immediate return, however, when Australia took the new ball with 40 minutes left in the first session and Mitchell Starc had Overton trapped lbw for seven.

Starc had Stuart Broad caught behind for eight and finished off the Test just before tea bowling Jonny Bairstow for 36.

Having fought bravely to reach 4-176 at stumps on day four, England must have despaired to see the Woakes-Root partnership break after only two balls on the final day.

For England, James Anderson took five-wicket but the contribution went in vain as the batting line-up failed to perform on the concluding day.

Root's innings was always going to be crucial to his team's chances of chasing down a record 354 at Adelaide Oval and although the innings limped on into a second hour, the hope raised among the English on Tuesday was gone.


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