A dominant Australia side made it two wins from two games, beating England in the 2nd Test of the 2017 Ashes series in Adelaide by 120 runs on day five.
After conquering Brisbane, Steven Smith and his men moved to Adelaide hoping to stretch the lead while the Three Lions looked forward to stretching the series. Though the match was a nail-biting affair and was wide open for both sides, the fiery Aussie bowling line-up turned out to be too good for Joe Root and brigade.
Batting first, the Australians put up a hefty total of 442 runs on the board with contributions from captain Steven Smith, vice-captain David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Pat Cummins and Tim Paine. The major highlight of the Kangaroo’s innings came from the left-handed Shaun Marsh who hammered a brilliant hundred to ride his side past the 400-run mark.
Shaun Marsh’s unbeaten 126-run knock not only proved to be essential for the team but secured his spot in the Aussie line-up doing justice to his call-up.
Debutant Craig Overton was the pick of the English bowlers with three scalps to his name while Stuart Broad picked up a couple. The English batting witnessed another horrific failure with no batsman able to make it big.
Skipper Joe Root had a tough time with the bat like his teammates and departed for a mere score of nine. However, Overton chipped in with his bat too, remaining unbeaten till the end with a score of 41. The English line-up was no match for the Aussie bowling attack getting restricted to a low total of 227. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon added four wickets to his tally while the lethal Mitchell Starc got three.
The English bowlers came back strongly in the second innings and rattled the Australian side from the core. The Adelaide Oval witnessed a dominant display with the ball from Joe Root’s team giving us a hint of a great fightback. With the Aussie team getting bundled out for a score of 138, the Englishmen had to chase a target 353 of to win.
Coming down to chase the target, skipper Joe Root lead by example. The batsman looked well on a mission, as the Test entered its climax.
However, the Australian bowlers ruffled up their feathers, and a deadly Mitchell Starc single-handedly ousted the English batting line up. Joe Root departed for a score of 67 while everybody else failed to provide the much-needed cushion which saw the English team get bundled out for 233. Mitchell Starc picked up a five-wicket haul and ended the Test match with eight wickets. Shaun Marsh was declared the Man of the Match in the 120 run victory.