Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Aussies on track for 2-0 Ashes lead

Aussies on track for 2-0 Ashes lead

Root's side only need to draw the series to retain the Ashes, but Australia are heavy favourites to win back the urn and can do so with victory in the third Test match in Perth, starting on 14 December. Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates with team mates after bowling England's Jonny Bairstow to win the second Ashes cricket test match.

"I didn't think it would happen that quickly".

The tourists' hopes suffered a mortal blow in Hazlewood's next over as skipper Joe Root edged a delivery just outside the off-stump through to Paine to fall for 67. Root couldn't add a single run to his overnight score as he also departed caught behind off Hazlewood.

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The dismissal of Woakes had an element of fortune in that the feather the nightwatchman got on the ball was picked up by snicko but not the hotspot when it was referred.

The Aussies dismantled England on the fifth and final day of play on Wednesday with a 120-run victory.

Root, however, simply walked from the field after edging behind.

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Moeen Ali was then out leg before to Nathan Lyon attempting to sweep the ball across the line, before Mitchell Starc's pace accounted for Craig Overton and Stuart Broad. It's disappointing not to do ourselves justice today.

Australia captain Steve Smith had been relying on his bowlers to save his embarrassment after he failed to enforce the follow-on and England's bowlers got them back into the game.

No captain had ever inserted the opposition in a day-night Test before and the decision soon backfired as Australia posted 8-442 declared in their first innings.

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"The way we responded with ball and bat in the second innings was outstanding [and] proved to everyone we are still massively in the series, it's simple as that".

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