Australia rip through England to claim 2-0 lead

Aussies on track for 2-0 Ashes lead

Ashes: Australia beat England by 120 runs in Adelaide, take 2-0 lead in series

England staged a tenacious fightback in Adelaide, aided by Steve Smith's decision to not enforce the follow-on during day three, but their hold on the urn is now tenuous after being rolled for 233 in Wednesday's opening session.

Australia has completed a 120-run victory over England in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on a day five that failed to live up to its monumental promise.

Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc mopped up the tail to take five for 88, his eighth five-wicket haul in tests, but Hazlewood will also share the plaudits after his early intervention.

"I didn't think it would happen that quickly".

As England and Australia entered day five of the second Ashes Test, the mood was rather odd.

England and Australia both head to Perth for the third Test match, and if Australia win, which they are favourites to do, the Ashes will already be all over for Root, and the word whitewash will be resurfacing.

The result means that Australia has a ideal record in day-night Tests, having prevailed in all three of the pink-ball matches they have played in Adelaide, as well as the Test they won against Pakistan in Brisbane last summer. "Fortunately, we're able to hang in there and get the result we were after".

Root's innings was always going to be crucial to his team's chances of chasing down a record 354 at Adelaide Oval and although the innings limped on into a second hour, the hope raised among the English on Tuesday was gone.

A dejected Joe Root leaves the field after falling to Josh Hazlewood.

The 26-year-old Yorkshireman got late to a good length delivery from Hazlewood and the ball nicked off his bat into the welcoming gloves of Tim Paine. Starc ended with figures of 5/88.

Craig Overton stayed around for 39 minutes before he fell lbw to a Starc inswinger for seven with the first delivery of the second new ball. But we're still in the series. However, England could add only 47 runs on the fifth day as they lost six wickets. "It's played on my mind a little bit over the last couple of days and I thought: 'Have I made a mistake here, have I not?' On another day I might decide to go the other way but, in the end, we've won the Test match so it's irrelevant".

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