Australia rip through England to claim 2-0 lead

09 December, 2017, 04:43 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Joe Root Pic Mark Brake- CA  Cricket Australia  Getty Images

Vaughan suggested England had neither the skill nor resilience to win a match."This was the week we all fancied England to take something from", he said in comments in The Australian Friday.

Asked if he had high hopes at the start of day five, Root - who departed for 67 - told Channel 9: "Absolutely".

Resuming on their overnight score of 176-4 and chasing a mammoth target of 354, England lost nightwatchman Chris Woakes on the second ball of the day as he feathered a catch to wicketkeeper Tim Paine off the excellent Josh Hazlewood. "It happened really quickly". I think they actually switched me on.

Starc finished with the figures of 5 for 88 while Lyon and Hazlewood got 2 wickets each.

The third Test, which starts on December 14, will be the final Ashes match to be played at the WACA before worldwide matches are moved to the new 60,000 seater Optus Stadium.

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England will now play a two-day match against Cricket Australia XI at Perth on December 9 and 10.

"The way we went about it yesterday was exceptional and that has to be the benchmark going forward", he said. The way the senior players stood up in the field especially, to bowl them out for what we did.

Two unconventional captain's calls had big influences on the test, and neither for the benefit of their teams. It didn't work then, and it failed this time, too, with Shaun Marsh's unbeaten 126 - he was named man of the match - helping Australia post 442-8 declared in the first innings. In the surgical assault that led England to that point, Australia's bowlers did them a favour by bowling so well.

The 27-yer-old played Test cricket for England against South Africa this summer but has missed most of the season with a heel injury.

England could surrender the Ashes next week at the WACA ground in Perth, where it has not won a Test since 1978. We have neither."At this rate, you wouldn't be surprised if it was 5-0, as Adelaide probably represented England's best chance to chalking up a victory". "Fortunately, we were able to hang in there and get the result we were after".

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