England win second test with a day to spare

England won the second Ashes test with a day to spare after bowling Australia out for 235. England started the day batting, on a score of 333-5. Jonny Bairstow fell for 20 early on, and Root soon followed, as an audacious attempt at a boundary was read at third man by Steve Smith for 180. After Root’s amazing innings came to an end, Cook declared 349-7, giving Australia a 583 run target for victory, bigger than any successful run chase in test cricket. This innings was much needed for Root, who was looking rather scarce of runs since being moved up the order for England.

Australia’s top order yet again failed to score runs, as Shane Watson was again trapped lbw, this time by Anderson for 24. Fellow opener Chris Rodgers soon followed, as Swann bowled him for 6. Australia slumped to 36-3, as despite a review, Phillip Hughes was Swann’s second victim, lbw for 1. Captain Clarke and Usman Khawaja started a revival, batting well in to the afternoon for a partnership of 98. But as Clarke fell for 51 to Joe Root, caught by Cook, the Aussies collapsed again, losing 3 wickets for 3 runs. After surviving a review, Khawaja was caught off of Root’s bowling for 54. Australia’s poor use of reviews continued, as Steve Smith fell for 1, with Prior catching Bresnan’s delivery. Ashton Agar was next to fall, although originally given not out. Although there was no mark on Hot Spot, the 3rd umpire gave Agar out for 16. Swann got his 3rd wicket as he trapped Haddin for 7. The lower order showed the batsman up again, as all of the bottom 4 scored in double figures. Siddle was bowled by Anderson for 18, and Pattinson also fell to Swann by lbw for 35, in a 43 run final partnership. Australia finished 235 all out, losing by 347 runs.

With Australia’s top order failing to score runs, changes are a must to avoid a series whitewash. A total of 186 runs and 2 wickets contributed to Joe Root winning the Man of the match award.

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