England go 2-0 down with Adelaide defeat


Josh Hazlewood snuffed out England's hopes of a remarkable second Ashes test triumph with two wickets in the first 16 balls of the final day as Australia wrapped up a 120-run victory in brilliant sunshine at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

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

The game for England resumed at 178 with six wickets in hand but the wickets collapsed like a house of cards and Australia registered their second consecutive victory in just two hours of the game to dominate the Ashes. "You want to stamp your authority on the game and to get the early wickets was good, particularly the captain Joe Root", Hazlewood told Grandstand after play.

Nightwatchman Chris Woakes was out to the second ball of the day, caught behind off Hazlewood for five.

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"I definitely thought we could have batted better - that margin is far too great - and we could have bowled fuller on the first morning when it was definitely doing plenty", Root, who elected to bowl after winning the toss, said at the post-Test press conference.

Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow had the potential to be a thorn in Australia's side, but such is Lyon's dominance over his rival spinner, it took only a few overs of probing off-breaks before Ali played an erroneous sweep and was trapped LBW.

Jonny Bairstow offered some resistance with his 36 off 57 balls but Mitchell Starc returned to finish the tail with three wickets.

"The belief is still there - I don't think we are in a situation we were the last time we were here".

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"We're still massively in the series".

Australia dismissed England for 227 on Monday but decided against sending them back in to bat despite holding a 215-run first innings lead.

Only one captain in the long history of test cricket had previously lost a test after opting not to enforce the follow-on and Smith was grateful to his bowlers for getting him out of a hole.

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