Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood starred on Day 5 as they led Australia to victory in Adelaide and secure a 2-0 lead in the series.
England’s hopes of securing a miracle win at Adelaide were suppressed fifteen minutes into Day 5. Hazlewood’s accuracy caught Chris Woakes in the crease and the outside edge was easily gloved by Tim Paine. The all-rounder went for a review but snicko confirmed the ball had grazed the bat along the way to the wicketkeeper. Joe Root followed script two overs later for Hazlewood’s second without disturbing the scoreboard. The ball unusually kept low on the England captain and took the under-edge, dealing a major blow to the English hopefuls.
It was only a matter of time before the rest followed, and they did.
Moeen Ali was trapped in front trying to sweep Nathan Lyon for 2. Starc was handed the new ball as soon as it was available; his first delivery ended Craig Overton’s brief stay for 7, which was followed by Stuart Broad caught behind. Jonny Bairstow’s wicket brought the left-arm pacer’s fifth wicket, as England’s last recognised batsman chopped on for 36.
Starc may have finished with the five-wicket haul but it was Hazlewood’s early strikes on the day which ensured there was only one outcome in Adelaide. This 120-run victory makes it three wins out of three for Australia in Day-Night Tests at the venue.
The next Test will be played at the historic Western Australian Cricket Association Stadium (WACA) in Perth beginning on December 14.
You can check out the highlights of a brief Day 5 here!