Australia beat England by 120 runs in second Ashes test

Aussies on track for 2-0 Ashes lead

Ashes: Clinical Australia make it 2-0

The first-ever day-night men's Ashes Test at Adelaide had its share of debatable decisions, from the first morning when Joe Root chose to bowl first, before Steven Smith swung things around England's way on the third evening by opting not to enforce the follow-on.

Australia's Josh Hazlewood celebrates taking the wicket of England's captain Joe Root during the fifth day of the second Ashes cricket test match.

A lot of the pressure was on Root's shoulders, who went into day five on 67 runs, but when he was dismissed early on, it put a lot of pressure on England.

Nathan Lyon got the wicket of fellow off-spinner Moeen Ali for the fourth time in the series, leg before wicket as he attempted to sweep when on two.

"I think we're still reasonably confident, obviously the last two days haven't gone to plan but I think we're still in front of the game", said Australia bowling coach David Saker.

Removing the nightwatchman was a start, but the crucial wicket of Root followed, the England captain edging Hazlewood behind without adding to his overnight score.

For all the expectations of a thrilling finish at Adelaide Oval, Australia secured a relatively comfortable win and 2-0 series lead.

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"I didn't think it could happen that quickly", Hazlewood said. "But we're still in the series".

The result means that Australia has a flawless record in day-night tests, having prevailed in all three of the pink-ball matches they have played in Adelaide, as well as the test they won against Pakistan in Brisbane last summer.Australia now have an opportunity to regain the Ashes in the third test, which begins at the WACA on Thursday next week.

Any hope Craig Overton brought to the crease after his unbeaten 41 runs in the first innings was soon drained after he was removed by Mitchell Starc with the second new ball.

"Certainly, all of our players have competed at different times during, not just this Test match but the first as well, and showed they can bat".

England began the final day on 176-4, and were chasing a mammoth target of 354, which, if they were successful in doing so, would have been an all-time record.

Stuart Broad (8) edged Starc behind and the left-armer had Jonny Bairstow (36) play on to complete the win.

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