The 'Gabba - Done. Adelaide Oval - Done. The next stop is the WACA which is in Perth. It begins on the 14th of this month and before that, England are due to play a warm-up match. They will aim to get back into shape from that. Will Australia seal the Ashes at the WACA? Or will England keep it alive? Join us at 1030 LOCAL (0230 GMT) for all the action from the third Test. However, the India-Sri Lanka Test in Delhi seems to be taking longer than usual to end. Jokes apart, you can catch action from that game as well. Adios! Take Care!
Right then! A big win for Australia again but plenty of positives for England and thoughts to ponder for the hosts. Is it time to look past Handscomb? Is it perhaps worth looking at someone who could provide you the fifth bowling option? What if England bat for two days in an innings - would your bowlers recover in time? As far as England are concerned - they have bigger worries. No offense to Vince or Stoneman but guess it is worth having a look at Gary Ballance, especially if he is in good form. The bowling needs to do more to support Broad and Anderson. Jimmy brought the English back with his 5-fer but things could have been so much easier had the others stepped up in the first innings.
Australian skipper, Steven Smith admits he was nervous but he believed in his team. He says it was just a matter of a wicket or two and the boys showed great character this morning. He further adds he is very proud of his boys and their effort. Appreciates the 100 by Shaun Marsh. On being asked about not enforcing the follow on, Smith says he would have thought about it had they lost but now that they have won, it does not matter. Reckons it has been a terrific Test match and is happy to keep his record intact in day/night Tests. He finishes by thanking the supporters.
The Man of the Match, Shaun Marsh says it was an unbelievable feeling to get a 100 on day 2. Adds further that he is feeling very proud about it. He mentions he is looking forward to play in Perth (his home town) and the boys are also up for it.
England skipper, Joe Root says the way they went about things yesterday was excellent. He feels they showed a lot of character. Admits it is disappointing the way they played today. Credits Shaun Marsh for his innings. Thanks their supporters for the support they have showed for them.
Nathan Lyon says he is very proud of the group. He feels this is probably the best venue and thanks the supporters. Admits there is a lot of belief and confidence in the dressing room. Further adds they know England will come out hard as they are a quality team. Ends by thanking John Davison and says he is the best spin bowling coach at the moment.
Josh Hazlewood says he felt they would not take the 6 wickets so early. Reckons the wicket of Joe Root set the day up for them. Further adds it was pretty special as he is England's best batsman. Opines there was reverse swing available and that helped. Admits they were a little nervous as they came out. He feels the bowlers did their job and the fielders also took their chances. Appreciates Starc for his bowling by saying, he is lethal with the new ball, he takes couple at the top and at the end too. Ends by saying their bowling is going strength to strength and they are really working good as unit.
Were Australia clinical? A 120-run win certainly seems to say so but once again they were in trouble with the bat. The middle order failed in the first innings barring Marsh and Paine, while in the second, I am sure, they would agree that it was not that difficult to bat wherein the highest score was 20. They could have lost the game, had England not capitulated in their first innings.
Conditions were difficult to bat but it certainly was not a 227 all out pitch in the first innings. England were probably frustrated at letting Australia get away again, from having them 311/7 at one stage to 442/8 which they eventually mustered. That 227 was more due to some lower order resistance as it could have been even worse.
England would be gutted but one cannot blame them totally. Yes, they did have a chance before the start of play today but when the ball is moving around like a hoop, hard to see even the best of batsmen survive for long. Only criticism can be of them going too defensive too early but if you lose a wicket on the second ball of the morning, do you have a choice? Root played a fabulous knock of 67 but yet again, that monkey of not being able to convert those 50s is glued onto his back. A much better performance than the first innings at least, but that is where they should have done well.
Team bowling effort from the Aussies again. In the first innings, they combined well with all the bowlers sharing the spoils. Hazlewood picked up only 1 wicket but was by no means less threatening. In the second, Starc seemed to be the weak link but he rushed Australia to victory once the second new ball was taken.
Hazlewood started the rut this morning, dismissing Woakes and Root in the space of 10 balls and then Lyon and Starc mopped up the tail. The latter would have been particularly happy as he was pretty ordinary the whole of yesterday. He was getting swing and along with that some rhythm. A 5-fer is registered against his name but had he bowled even half of what he did with the second new ball, this game would have been over on Day 4 itself.
2-0 Australia! The result was perhaps not so much in doubt when the Aussies got a lead of 215 but the fire with which they bowled today would have pleased them. Hazlewood striking on the very second ball of the morning just showed the intention and focus which was lacking yesterday. 134 deliveries was all it took for them to take the remaining 6 wickets and we did not even have a full session of play.
Mitchell Starc to Jonny Bairstow
OUT! BOWLED 'EM! THAT IS IT! A fifer for Starc. He has not been at his best but he has five wickets to his name. Mitchell lands it on a length around off, gets it to shape back in. Bairstow tries to defend it away from his body but the ball takes the inside edge and onto the middle stump, which is uprooted. All smiles on the faces of the Australian players as they have made quick work of the English lower-order. THEY GO 2-0 UP IN THE SERIES AS THEY HAVE WON BY 120 RUNS!
FOUR! Exquisite! A half-volley outside off by Starc. Bairstow drives it through covers for a boundary. That shot was very pleasing to the eye.
Josh Hazlewood to Jonny Bairstow
Shorter in length on off, Jonny pulls it uppishly over square leg and only takes a single as he wants to keep strike.
FOUR! England need a lot more! Bairstow times the full ball outside off through covers for a boundary.
BEATEN! Length around off, shaping away. Bairstow feels for it but gets beaten.
Good length around off, JB blocks it by getting right behind the line.
Once again Jonny pulls out of the way as Hazlewood reaches his mark. He once again says sorry but the crowd does not like it.