England’s dreams of an unlikely victory were put to rest last Wednesday as Australia took 2-0 lead in the Second Ashes Test in Adelaide, winning by 120 runs. Blasting out England’s six remaining batsmen in a crushing display of fast bowling put the hosts on course to regain one of the most honorable prizes in cricket. For all of us who love cricket, Pinnacle promotions 2018 offers the chance to win some cash by betting on the next Test taking place in Perth, 14–18 December 2017. If Australia wins this test, they will regain the Ashes. On the other hand, England, who have not won at the Waca since 1978, must reverse a terrible run so far (they have lost seven successive Tests in Australia) to have any chance of keeping the urn.
The tourists began the final day on 176-4 in pursuit of 354. Within 10 minutes of the start both England’s batsmen were out without adding to their score. Chris Woakes was lost to the second ball by Josh Hazlewood. However, England’s fate was definitely sealed after Hazlewood dismissed Joe Root as well, catching him behind for 67.
Moeen Ali was out six overs later, dismissed by Nathan Lyon. All this happened within the first hour of play and the rest was little more than a formality. Jonny Bairstow bravely resisted for 36, but Mitchell Starc mercilessly wrapped it up with the second new ball to finish with 5-88. Everything Starc needed was 14 deliveries with the second new ball to take the last three wickets for 13 runs.
In reality, England had lost this test already in the first half of this match. After winning the toss and putting Australia in, poor bowling allowed the home side to make 442. England was reduced to 142-7 before the fightback even began.
“To get the key early wickets was really important,” said Hazlewood after the match.
“We didn’t expect England to collapse this morning. We expected them to dig in and fight hard for every run. It’s great to go 2-0 up. We head to Perth full of confidence.”
Everybody is now wandering is there still hope for England. England captain Joe Root insists that his team is still in the series, despite the setback.
“I thought we showed a lot of character which is what you want to see in big series,” the Root said. “It is now about finding a way to do it over five days. The way that we went about the second innings proved to everyone really we are still massively in this series.”
Whether he is right remains to be decided next Wednesday.