Ashes: Australia beat England by 120 runs; take 2-0 lead

England’s fightback in the second Test ultimately came to nothing as Australia powered to a 120-run win in Adelaide and a 2-0 Ashes lead.

Beginning the final day on 176-4 in pursuit of 354, the tourists lost Chris Woakes to the second ball and Joe Root two overs later, both to Josh Hazlewood.

If Root’s departure all but confirmed England’s fate, Moeen Ali fell six overs later to make the rest little more than a formality.

Jonny Bairstow gamely resisted for 36, but Mitchell Starc ruthlessly wrapped it up with the second new ball to finish with 5-88. England lost six wickets in the first session and were bowled out for 233 shortly before tea.

The hosts will regain the Ashes if they win the third Test in Perth, which begins on 14th of December.

England have not won at the WACA since 1978 and must reverse an awful run in Australia – they have now lost seven consecutive Tests down under – to have any chance of retaining the urn.

Root’s men only need a draw to keep the Ashes, but England have never come from 2-0 down to draw or win a series against Australia.

(Agencies)

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