England’s chances of retaining the Ashes look bleak this morning after Australia won the second Test to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Needing to score 178 runs on the fifth and final day in Adelaide, England lost Chris Woakes and captain Joe Root early to damage any chance of completing a memorable fightback.
Six wickets were lost in the first session today with Australia bowler Mitchell Starc starring with the ball and taking 5-88. Australia bowled England out for 233 to secure the victory by 120 runs.
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.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 6, 2017
What the captains said after the Test in Adelaide
England skipper Root, speaking to BBC Test Match Special: “We came to the ground expecting. We were right in the game but losing early wickets hampered our chances. The way we went about it yesterday was exceptional and that has to be the benchmark going forward. We have shown in the first two Tests that we can outperform Australia. The belief is there. We’re still massively in this series.”
Australia captain Steve Smith, speaking to BT Sport: “It’s phenomenal to be 2-0 up in the series. England fought really hard with the ball and last night. I was a little bit nervous. Sometimes it was just about trying to have a bit of faith and belief. If you get enough balls in the right areas, you’re going to get your rewards.”
— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) December 6, 2017
How cricket fans reacted on Twitter:
England had high hopes…
— Nathan King (@ntkingo_1989) December 6, 2017
Poms are crushed.
The best thing was the faintest sniff of hope we gave the Poms yesterday, only to crush them again unmercifully #Ashes
— ben hayes (@hayesy316) December 6, 2017
Piers Morgan was a target for Twitter users this morning.
— Josh %u270C%uD83C%uDFFC (@joshiefairburn) December 6, 2017
Good areas, Shane. Warney has a pop back at Piers.
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 6, 2017
Not a great start to the day for fans waking up in the UK.
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) December 6, 2017
See you in Perth.
Well played Australia. Shame about the result but we've still had a great time in Adelaide. Cheers for having us, see you in Perth. #Ashes
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 6, 2017