Australian bowlers end England resistance to take 2-0 Ashes lead

  • Australia win second Test by 120 runs after England’s run chase falls short
  • Josh Hazlewood takes crucial wicket of Joe Root early on day five in Adelaide

Any English dreams were shattered in the blink of an eye. Steve Smith was smiling again. There were no cricketing miracles here despite much feverish, English speculation in the bars of Adelaide late on Tuesday night. Australia won the second Test, which was a grand advert for Test cricket, by 120 runs. On the final day it was a gentle walk in the park for the Australians, the agonies of the fourth day suddenly a distant memory as they bowled England out for 233.

Two Tests up with three to play seldom loses in Ashes cricket. It happened as recently as 1937 but then the Australians, after a poor start, did have Don Bradman, Stan McCabe and Bill O’Reilly. And the tourists promised to pitch the ball up. So did Josh Hazlewood on Wednesday – to good effect.

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