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Australia takes a 2-0 lead in the 5-match Ashes series after beating England in the second Test match at Adelaide.

It was the day-night Test match where England decided to field first after winning the toss.

In the first innings, Australia managed to put 442 runs on the board for the loss of 8 wickets before announcing their declaration.

In reply, England was bowled out for just 227 runs while Australia took 215 runs lead at the end of the first innings fights.

Australia didn’t enforce the follow-on and batted for the second time, but this time they were bundled out for just 138 runs. England had 354 runs target for their victory.

Chasing down the total, England again bowled out for 233 runs while Australia won this Test match by 120 runs.

Brief Scores: Australia – 442/8 dec. (Shaun Marsh 126*, Tim Paine 57, Craig Overton 3/105) & 138 (Mitchell Starc 20, Usman Khawaja 20, James Anderson 5/43)

England – 227 (Craig Overton 41*, Alaister Cook 37, Nathan Lyon 4/60) & 233 (Joe Root 67, Jonny Bairstow 36, Mitchell Starc 5/88)

Result – Australia won by 120 runs

Here are some important statistical highlights of the 2nd Test:

  1. It was the first day-night Test in the Ashes history.


  1. During Australia’s first innings, their left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh scored a brilliant century as he remained unbeaten on 126 runs in that innings. It is the fourth best individual knock by any left-handed batsman in a day-night Test match. Here is the top four list:

Top four individual knocks by a left-handed batsman in a day-night Test match

Player (Team) Runs scored Opposition Venue Year
Alastair Cook (England) 243 West Indies Birmingham 2017
Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka) 196 Pakistan Dubai (DSC) 2017
Usman Khawaja (Australia) 145 South Africa Adelaide 2016
Shaun Marsh (Australia) 126* England Adelaide 2017


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Shaun Marsh (Image Source: Getty Images)


  1. Australia declared their first innings on 442/8. It is their highest total in a day-night Test innings. Their previous record was 429 against Pakistan at Brisbane in 2016.


  1. Australia was bundled out for just 138 runs in their second innings. Here are some important stats of this innings:

i) It is the fourth lowest completed total in a day-night Test innings. Here is the detail list:

Four lowest completed total in a day-night Test innings

Team Total Opposition Venue Year
Sri Lanka 96 Pakistan Dubai (DSC) 2017
Pakistan 123 West Indies Dubai (DSC) 2016
West Indies 137 England Birmingham 2017
Australia 138 England Adelaide 2017


ii) It is Australia’s fifth lowest completed total in a Test innings at Adelaide. Here is the detail list:

Australia’s five lowest completed total at the Adelaide Test history

Total Opposition Year
82 West Indies 1951
100 England 1892
111 England 1955
133 England 1912
138 England 2017



  1. England pacer James Anderson bowled very well in the third innings of this Test match where his bowling figure was 22-7-43-5. James Anderson became the first England bowler to claim a 5-wicket haul in a day-night Test match.


  1. During the 4th innings of the Test match, England captain Joe Root played a good knock of 67 runs. Here are some important stats for this knock.
Joe Root (Image Source: Twitter)

i) It is the second highest 4th innings knock by any captain in the day-night Test match. The record is 68 runs which was scored by Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed against Sri Lanka at Dubai (DSC) in 2017.

ii) It is the fifth highest 4th innings knock by an England captain on the Australian soil. The top 5 list is given below:

Top five 4th innings knock by an England captain on the Australian soil

Player Runs scored Venue Year
Graham Gooch 117 Adelaide 1991
Ted Dexter 99 Brisbane 1962
Mike Gatting 96 Sydney 1987
Sir Pelham Warner 79 Adelaide 1904
Joe Root 67 Adelaide 2017



  1. Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc bowled very well in this Test match as his overall figures are 39.2-7-137-8. It is the third best match total bowling figure for any bowler in the day-night Test history. Here is the top 3 list:

Top 3 match bowling figures for any bowler in the day-night Test history

Player (Team) Bowling figure Opposition Venue Year
Devendra Bishoo (West Indies) 48.5-5-174-10 Pakistan Dubai (DSC) 2016
Josh Hazlewood (Australia) 42.1-7-136-9 New Zealand Adelaide 2015
Mitchell Starc (Australia) 39.2-7-137-8 England Adelaide 2017


Mitchell Starc (Image Source: Twitter)


  1. Australia won this Test match by 120 runs. It is the largest victory (by runs) for any team in a day-night Test match. The previous record holder was Sri Lanka who had won against Pakistan by 68 runs at Dubai (DSC) in 2017.


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