England were defeated by Australia in a cracker of a test match in Adelaide. Australia completed the 120 run victory late in the first session on Tuesday. England captain Joe Root said that England were ‘still massively in the series’, although it is a must not lose situation for England when the third test starts in Perth a week on Thursday.
England skipper Joe Root won the toss on Saturday and controversially chose to bowl. England bowler Chris Woakes ran out Cameron Bancroft after a big mix between the Aussie openers. However, the Australian top order fought back and Australia captain Steve Smith declared their innings at 442-8. England’s top order failed once again and if it wasn’t for middle and lower order fighting back, the game would have been over for England. England were eventually bowled out 227 and once again controversially, Steve Smith desiderata not to force the follow-on. England’s James Anderson and Chris Woakes bowled superbly under the lights in the final session of Monday and the first session of Tuesday to bowl Australia out for just 138. This gave England a day and a half to try and get to a target of 354. However it wasn’t to be as England were bowled out for 233 despite fabulous captains knock from Joe Root.
With the third test in just eight days England must keep improving off they are to stay in the series. A win in Perth do Australia will regain them the Ashes but if England can win then they will be well and truly back in the series. A tie or a draw will mean the England have a shot to tie the series.