For England, darkness at noon

For England, darkness at noon

For England, darkness at noon

By / Sports News / Thursday, 07 December 2017 06:45

Adelaide,
Josh Hazlewood snuffed out England’s hopes of a remarkable second Ashes Test triumph with two wickets in the first 16 balls of the final day as Australia wrapped up a 120-run victory in brilliant sunshine at Adelaide Oval.

England, with six wickets in hand, needed 178 runs more to win the maiden Day-Night Ashes Test and level the series at 1-1 but fell well short of their victory target and will head to Perth 0-2 down with three matches to play.

Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc mopped up the tail to take 5/88, his eighth five-wicket haul in Tests, but Hazlewood will also share the plaudits after his early intervention. The paceman delivered a hefty blow when he removed Chris Woakes with the second ball of the day and two overs later landed a knockout punch when he had Joe Root caught behind before the England captain could add to his overnight 67.

“I didn’t think it would happen that quickly. To get those early two (wickets), especially Joe Root, really set us up for the day,” said Hazlewood. “Look forward to Perth now and get ready for that.”

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