The Ashes Australia beat England in the second test

England’s resistance was finally broken when Australia completed a 275-run victory in the second Test from the Ashes in Adelaide to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Needing to hit the day for a tie with six wickets remaining, England defied expectations to carry the game into the final session. Jos Buttler, who should have been caught by a duck, survived 207 balls of 26, raising little hope for England’s most unlikely of escapes, only to fall unbelievably in the second envelope of the night session. He eliminated 31.2 overs with Chris Woakes, who had 44, and another 14.2 with Ollie Robinson, but held his ground when he returned to a shorter ball from Jhye Richardson.

James Anderson was the last man out, caught in a ravine for Richardson’s fifth wicket, with 20.5 overs remaining. England was 192 in total in 113.1 overs. His hopes of a first Ashes series victory in Australia since 2010-11 were severely dashed as the tour moves to Melbourne for the third round, which begins at 23:30 GMT on December 25. England have never come back from 2-0 down to win the Ashes in the series’ 139-year history.

England fight but it’s too late England’s final day exploits, Buttler in particular, were brave, but the result was an emphatic victory for Australia. Buttler had hidden all the attacking instincts that make him one of the best limited-limit players in the world, only to strangely fall at the end of his second longest test inning.

When Ollie Pope was caught slipping away from Mitchell Starc for four in the day’s second full over, there were fears that England could walk away in one session.

In the end, their fate was sealed on the third day, when they suffered their last regrettable batting collapse. The defeat, England’s 11th in their last 12 rounds in Australia, has been expected ever since and is particularly damaging when viewed on the bigger picture.

This day and night test was deemed helpful to England’s cause, the lighting conditions and the pink ball would supposedly help their swing and bond bowlers, and Australia was left without Captain Pat Cummins and his bowling partner Josh. Hazlewood. It ended in a tough loss for Joe Root’s side. Only once has a team come 2-0 down to win the Ashes: Australia in 1936-37, and that was with legendary hitter Don Bradman on their side.

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