Ashes - Australia wrap up crushing second Test victory over England

Day five, second Ashes Test - Adelaide Oval: Australia 570-9 declared (Clarke 148, Haddin 118, Rogers 72 / Broad 3-98) and 132-3 declared (Warner 83 not out / Anderson 2-19) beat England 172 all out (Carberry 60, Bell 72 not out / Johnson 7-40) and 312 all out (Root 87, Prior 69 / Siddle 4-57) by 218 runs. Australia lead the five-match series 2-0.

Ashes - Australia wrap up crushing second Test victory over England

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Australia players celebrate victory over England at Adelaide (Reuters)

Australia captured England's four remaining wickets within an hour to close out an emphatic 218-run victory in the second Ashes Test on Monday and push the tourists to the brink of a humiliating series defeat.

After a 10-minute rain delay, England resumed on 247-6, still 284 runs shy of their victory target, but Alastair Cook's side never looked remotely likely to mount an improbable rescue mission and were bowled out in routine fashion.

The crushing win has Australia 2-0 in the five-Test series, a stunning turnaround from the summer Ashes that England won 3-0 earlier this year.

The hosts will now fancy their chances of securing the famous urn in Perth, where England have not won in over 30 years.

England must, therefore, try to overturn 77 years of history, starting in Perth on Friday, as the first team to win the Ashes from 2-0 down since Australia did so in 1936/37.

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England resume on 247-6 with Prior on 31 and Broad 22 as the tourists attempt to bat out the day with a couple of light showers forecast.


England 255-7 - It's hardly a surprise but it's the hook shot that is the downfall of another England player as Broad picks out Lyon at deep backward square off Siddle to depart for 29.

England 293-8 - Harris bowls just back of a length and Swann pushes forward to get a thick edge to Clarke at second slip as he goes for just six.

England 301-9 - Prior is out - yes, you guessed it - hooking: he picks out Harris at deep backward square with a miscued shot off Siddle to go for 69 as the penultimate wicket to fall.

England 312 all out - It's all over! Panesar slaps a good length delivery from Harris straight to short extra cover where Rogers takes a fine catch to dismiss the tailender for a seven-ball duck. Australia close out another emphatic victory.

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It is only the second time in Test history that England have lost successive Tests by a margin of over 200 runs.

Prior's half-century was his first in 17 innings - his longest run without a half century in Test cricket.

No team has recovered to win the Ashes from 2-0 down since Australia did so in 1936/37.

Cook’s series average of 20.5 is his second lowest ever – he averaged 19.7 in three innings against Bangladesh in 2010.


What changes should England make for Perth? Surely this situation does not call for continuity with so many of England's players having underperformed consistently - but how should the tourists shuffle their pack for the crucial third Test on the bouncy deck at the WACA? Will it be bowlers who are up for the chop despite the hopeless displays from the batsmen?


Cook: "I don't know what has gone wrong. We are very good players, but you can only say that for so long. We have to deliver. The Ashes are not gone. If we believe they are gone they might as well be gone."


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