Australia go up 2-0
THE HANS INDIA |
Dec 07,2017 , 12:53 AM IST
Adelaide: Josh Hazlewood snuffed out England's hopes of a remarkable second Ashes test triumph with two wickets in the first 16 balls of the final day as Australia wrapped up a 120-run victory in brilliant sunshine at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.
England, with six wickets in hand, needed 178 runs to win the maiden day-night Ashes test and level the series at 1-1 but fell well short of their victory target and will head to Perth 2-0 down with three matches to play.
Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc mopped up the tail to take five for 88, his eighth five-wicket haul in tests, but Hazlewood will also share the plaudits after his early intervention.
The pacer delivered a hefty blow when he removed Chris Woakes with the second ball of the day and two overs later landed a knockout punch when he had Joe Root caught behind before the England captain could add to his overnight 67.
"I didn't think it would happen that quickly. To get those early two (wickets), especially Joe Root, really set us up for the day," said Hazlewood.
"Look forward to Perth now and get ready for that."
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.
Starc then removed Stuart Broad caught behind and finished the job by bowling Jonny Bairstow, England's last recognisable batsman, for 36 and the tourists were all out for 233.