Australia vs England: Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 5

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    Australia v England

    Adelaide Oval, December 2-6, 2017

    2nd Test - Australia v England Test Series 2017/2018

    Australia 1st Inn 8/442 d.
    England 1st Inn 227 all out
    Australia 2nd Inn 138 all out
    England 2nd Inn 233 all out
    England won the toss and elected to bowl.
    Australia win by 120 runs
    England Over: 84.2  RR: 2.38
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    J.M. Anderson 0 0 0 0 0.00
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    M.A. Starc* 19.2 3 88 5 4.55
    J.R. Hazlewood 20.0 7 49 2 2.45
    Last Wicket: J.M. Bairstow, 36 (b. Starc) - 10/233

    Match Results:

    Australia have gone up 2-0 in the Ashes, claiming a 120-run victory over England after picking up six wickets before Tea on Day 5.

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    The second Ashes Test is hanging in the balance at Adelaide Oval, as both Australia and England enter the final day with both sides capable of winning. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2:30pm (AEDT).

    A five-wicket haul to James Anderson and an unbeaten half-century from Joe Root has seen England make a remarkable comeback in a Test which many thought that they were dead and buried halfway into the third day.

    Leading into the fourth day, many pundits were questioning the intelligence of Steve Smith’s decision to not enforce the follow-on the previous night, as Australia sat at 4/54, and seemed in disarray against the moving pink ball. The questions would remain, as Australia had their throats ripped out by a raging Anderson and a masterful Chris Woakes, who grabbed four wickets himself.

    Bowled out for the meek total of just 138, Australia still led by 354 runs, meaning England would have to bat out of their skin in order to draw the Ashes level heading into Perth.

    Things looked bleak for the tourists midway through the day, with the Australians grabbing the three vital wickets of Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman and James Vince, leaving England reeling at 3/91.

    However, like his counterpart at the Gabba, Joe Root took control of the game and wrestled momentum back into England’s favour, hitting a crisp, unbeaten 67. Along with Dawid Malan, England looked to be edging slightly ahead, before another twist saw Malan fall to a Pat Cummins’ peach, smashing into his off-stump.

    That wicket left it to Root and nightwatchman Chris Woakes to see out the night, and they finished on 4/176.

    It all leads to an incredibly important final day, with Australia needing six more wickets to take an almost unassailable 2-0 series lead, and England needing just 178 more runs to draw the Ashes level.

    Australia will be reliant on the pace of Mitchell Starc and the wily spin of Nathan Lyon to see them home, while England will be ever so dependent on skipper Joe Root to be there at the end of the match.

    Key players
    Australia: Nathan Lyon
    The GOAT has had a wonderful series so far, but nothing would be better than bowling Australia to victory on the final day. He’s done it once before in Adelaide, against India in 2014, so he will be confident that doing it one more time isn’t out of his reach.

    England: Joe Root
    The obvious key, Root is part of the big four of world cricket (the others being Smith, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson), but what troubles him slightly more than the other three is his conversion rate of 50s into 100s.

    There is no better time to turn that around than right here, to lead his side to a famous victory in which they were dead and buried not two days ago. If Root remains unbeaten, England win. Simple.

    England have come from nowhere this Test, and due to some odd decisions from Smith, they are right back in this Test and the series. They have the momentum, and Australia will start to panic the longer England go without losing wickets.

    If the Australians don’t take early wickets, England will have the game in the palm of their hands, and a famous Ashes victory in their sights.

    England by three wickets.

    Can Australia wrestle back the momentum and head into Perth with a 2-0 series lead? Or will England complete the comeback of the ages, and draw level in the Ashes, taking a whole lot of confidence to the WACA? Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2:30pm (AEDT).

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    • 12:14pm
      MrFNQ said | 12:14pm | ! Report

    • Roar Guru

      Rellum said | 4:46pm | ! Report

      Gee SA left their declaration very late.

    • 4:31pm
      Worlds Biggest said | 4:31pm | ! Report

      Terrific effort from all four bowlers today, that’s what was required them bowling as a unit and applying / maintaining the pressure from the start. Great win in the end even if it was harder work than it should have been. England were in the game until Root went. Well done Australia !

    • 4:29pm
      Ouch said | 4:29pm | ! Report

      Pretty easy in the end.

    • Roar Guru

      Rellum said | 4:27pm | ! Report

      Steve Smith spend too much time at CA head quaters. He is calling Day Night Tests a “fantastic product”

    • Roar Guru

      Dylan Carmody said | 4:25pm | ! Report


      Australia 442/8 (d) and 138 defeat England 227 and 233 by 120 runs

      Great win by Australia. There were question marks over whether England could take this game all the way to the end, but two early wickets to Hazlewood, including the massive wicket of Joe Root, saw Australia drive the boot into the throats of the English and not let them up.

      The Australians battled hard all Test, and had the ascendency early, with Shaun Marsh notching a sublime 126 not out, supported ably by Tim Paine and Pat Cummins. They then tore the hearts out of England, leading by a massive 215 runs, led by Nathan Lyon with 4/60.

      The decision to not enforce the follow on was strange, the Aussies giving England a sniff as they were bowled out for 138, James Anderson picking up the first 5 wicket haul in Australia of his career.

      England, needing a whopping 354 runs to win, went into today 4/176 with a glimmer of hope, but as soon as Root nicked off, it was all but over.

      Australia now head into Adelaide with a 2-0 series lead, and will have the Ashes clearly in their sights by the time the Perth Test rolls around.

      Shaun Marsh wins the Player of the Match for his match-winning hundred.

      Thanks for joining me today, been a blast! Match report is already up, Scott Pryde taking care of that, check it out!

    • Columnist

      Ronan O'Connell said | 4:22pm | ! Report

      Fantastic bowling effort by Australia today.

      England fought back wonderfully for a while in this Test but were horrid on either side of that.

      This series has 5-0 written all over it.

      The reality is that the performances of Anderson, Woakes and Root in this Test, for all the praised they garnered, were largely irrelevant – they came once the Test had already been lost.

      That English trio were found wanting when the series was still on the line in the first six innings of this series.

    • Roar Guru

      Rellum said | 4:21pm | ! Report

      Good win to the boys. Took a day longer than it should have but Ashes are basically home.

    • Roar Guru

      Atawhai Drive said | 4:20pm | ! Report

      Comfortable victory by a well-led team. Congratulations, Australia.Congratulations, Steve Smith.

    • 4:19pm
      Pedro the Maroon said | 4:19pm | ! Report

      The Smarsh ton was the difference. Only score on either side.

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