Result
2nd Test (D/N), Adelaide, Dec 2-6 2017, England tour of Australia and New Zealand
442/8d & 138
(84.2 ov, target 354)
227 & 233
Australia won by 120 runs
Player Of The Match
Australia
1y
• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Root keeps England alive in record chase

England gave themselves a chance of pulling off an unlikely victory with Joe Root anchoring their pursuit of 354 after James Anderson led the way with the ball

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Commentator: @miller_cricket
Scorecard summary
Australia442/8d(149 overs)1st Innings
Shaun Marsh126 (231)
Tim Paine57 (102)
Craig Overton3/105(33)
Stuart Broad2/72(30)
England227(76.1 overs)1st Innings
Australia138(58 overs)2nd Innings
England233(84.2 overs)2nd Innings
Joe Root67 (123)
Mitchell Starc5/88(19.2)
Nathan Lyon2/45(25)

4.06pm Have a read of Brydon Coverdale's match report, and tune in later for all of the post-match reaction from George Dobell, Melinda Farrell and Daniel Brettig. Including, of course, #PoliteEnquiries. Don't forget to pile them in on Twitter, with the hashtag of course.

From Alan Gardner and myself, and Venkat Raghav the scorer, goodbye and don't forget to tune in at Perth next week to see if England can arrest their slide in the 2017-18 Ashes.

Mustafa Moudi: "Starc's 2nd innings 5-For was the answer to Anderson's 2nd inning Performance but England had No answer For Marsh and Paine's Performances in their 1st innings and that was the difference between the sides" That about sums it up.

It was a triumphant maiden day-night Test from the point of view of the attendance, however. A further 20,098 on this final day, making a grand total of 199,147 over the five days. Superb

3.57pm That's about it from us. It's been an absorbing contest, but the net result is that England are truly up against it heading to Perth, a venue where they have won just once, and that against a Packer-weakened opposition, in 1978-79.

Mayur Kulkarni: "I predict this will be a whitewash. Not because England have lost this match. But these days almost in every test match we get results barring weather interruptions and sometimes 'Man-made calamities' and it looks like England don't look like winning even at least one." Who knows? It's clear from the first two matches that England have got the spirit to pull themselves together, but can they manage the consistency to counter an outstanding Australia bowling attack, and a captain in Steve Smith who is attaining greatness with the bat?

Jon Henderson: "Time for the Foakes solution. The Surrey man's a fine wicketkeeper and stout lower middle-order batsman (far better county average last season than Vince and Malan). He takes gloves from Bairstow who moves up order in place of either Vince or Cook. Hope Foakes is at least given chance in two-dayer in Perth." Mark Wood is set to play in that game too. Although England's seamers rather redeemed themselves in that second innings. Nevertheless, the value of out-and-out pace in Australia cannot be understated.

The man of the match is Shaun Marsh "An unbelievable feeling to get a hundred on day two," he says. "Looking forward to Perth, 2-0 up, looking forward to recharging and having another crack."

"We always had faith," says Steve Smith. "It happened quickly, the boys showed some character this morning. Shaun was phenomenal in the first innings."

3.53pm Time for some presentations. Here's Joe Root. "The way we went about everything yesterday was excellent, and that's got to be the benchmark for the rest of the series," he says. "It's disappointing not to do ourselves justice today. We have to make sure we are better next time."

3.50pm "There were probably a few nerves as a team and individuals," says Hazlewood. "But Mitchell Starc took a couple at the top and a couple at the bottom. He's lethal with that new ball. We're working well as a group."

"Unbelievable win," says Nathan Lyon. "What a place, what a venue, the best venue out there in the world. There's a lot of belief and confidence in that changing room, England will come back strongly at Perth, they're a classy outfit."

3.47pm Mitchell Starc finishes with the superb figures of 5 for 88, and Australia have won by a handsome margin of 120 runs. England began the day with a distant dream of glory, but Josh Hazlewood scalped both overnight batsmen, Chris Woakes and Joe Root, without addition to their overnight scores, and after that it was merely a matter of time.

Lots of handshakes all round, and no small amount of relief for Australia too, who endured a tough fourth day, encompassing a second-innings batting collapse, and a sturdy England fightback. But England made too many errors early in the match, and that made it tough to stay in touch.

84.2
w
Starc to Bairstow, OUT
and that is the end of that! Tighter line, back of a length, cramped for room, and inside-edged into middle stump!
JM Bairstow b Starc 36 (91m 57b 5x4 0x6) SR: 63.15
84.1
4
Starc to Bairstow, FOUR runs
utterly smoked through the covers! Where was Jonny when England still had a hope? He's got to move up the order at Perth, surely
end of over 845 runs
ENG: 229/9CRR: 2.72 
Jonny Bairstow32 (55)
James Anderson0 (0)
Josh Hazlewood20-7-49-2
Mitchell Starc19-3-84-4

Gayan: "Hey Miller, you are too rude on Broad and it seemed you didn't like an England win at all from the very beginning. It would be nicer if we get neutral commentary"... At times like these ...

83.6
1
Hazlewood to Bairstow, 1 run
short and outside off, Bairstow swats inelegantly through the leg side. A bit top-edged, but the ball lands safely between the in- and out-fielders. That'll do
83.5
4
Hazlewood to Bairstow, FOUR runs
spanked through the covers. Hazlewood overpitches and Bairstow gives it some welly. Not dead yet!
83.4
Hazlewood to Bairstow, no run
nibble off the seam, beats the outside edge. Well bowled again

Jared: "Hopes were Broad, but now they've narrowed." You could say that...

83.3
Hazlewood to Bairstow, no run
tailing in from outside off, Bairstow block-drives back to the bowler

David: "Broad should have a new nickname: Lemony. He is always snicking it. "

83.2
Hazlewood to Bairstow, no run
angled into the stumps, and blocked to the off side
83.1
Hazlewood to Bairstow, no run
through to the keeper with good lift and hostility

So, here's Jimmy. He reckoned England might be struggling if he was asked to make more than 10...

end of over 834 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 224/9CRR: 2.69 
Jonny Bairstow27 (49)
Mitchell Starc19-3-84-4
Josh Hazlewood19-7-44-2

Richie: "England fans may have fond memories of past Broad batting heroics but the harsh reality is that he has only averaged 10 across 2016-17." He's never been the same since having his nose rearranged by Varun Aaron in 2014, alas

82.6
w
Starc to Broad, OUT
outside off, full length, a thin edge, a low catch to the keeper. A valiant but sorry stay from a batsman who is a shadow of his former self
SCJ Broad c †Paine b Starc 8 (15m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
82.5
Starc to Broad, no run
back and across once more. Hang in there, Broady
82.4
2
Starc to Broad, 2 runs
full, fast and straight, but Broad's inelegant hopping is just about keeping it out in this over. It's French cricket, essentially. A vertical bat, right back on the stumps, blocking for his life. His heel finished about 4cm from the stumps on that occasion as the ball squirted through gully

brendon: "Any chance of precipitation?" Only of the wickets variety

82.3
Starc to Broad, no run
on the back foot once more. Blocked with a bunny hop down into the crease
82.2
2
Starc to Broad, 2 runs
on the pads again, slightly shorter this time. Broad hops onto the back foot, always anticipating the bouncer, and flicks the ball fine
82.1
Starc to Broad, no run
such a full length, and Broad somehow gets the thinnest splinter of the corner of his toe-end to save his pads from a brutally comprehensive lbw!
end of over 829 runs
ENG: 220/8CRR: 2.68 
Jonny Bairstow27 (49)
Stuart Broad4 (6)
Josh Hazlewood19-7-44-2
Mitchell Starc18-3-80-3

Jack: "Cummins hasn't got the wickets, but I suspect he'd be the least fun to face of these quicks. So relentless, just makes you play over and over and over again. " Agreed. He is sharp, and a real difference between the teams

81.6
2
Hazlewood to Bairstow, 2 runs
inswinger, good change from Hazlewood, but the ball is off-line. A rare feast of English runs in that over
81.5
Hazlewood to Bairstow, no run
a big booming outswinger. Bairstow has a mow, and well, why shouldn't he? But that misses everything

Lochie: "If you had to describe the word "snaffled" in cricketing terms, how would one go about it? I want to introduce this to everyday use." A catch taken sharply but decisively, such as a low slip catch in both hands.

81.4
1
Hazlewood to Broad, 1 run
flicked off the legs, in the air for a while, but safe enough
81.3
2
Hazlewood to Broad, 2 runs
on the legs, clipped sweetly into space at deep midwicket. Runs are flowing!
Best performances - batsmen
SE Marsh
126 runs (231)
15 fours
1 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
pull
22 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
12815183161818
JE Root
67 runs (123)
9 fours
0 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
flick
19 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
03715161025
Best performances - bowlers
JM Anderson
O
22
M
7
R
43
W
5
Eco
1.95
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
MA Starc
O
19.2
M
3
R
88
W
5
Eco
4.55
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Adelaide Oval
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of Australia and New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Shaun Marsh
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2285
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, Tea 16.00-16.20, Dinner 18.20-19.00, Close 21.00
Match days2,3,4,5,6 December 2017 - day/night match (5-day match)
Test debut
Craig Overton
Umpires
Aleem Dar
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Sam Nogajski
Match Referee
Sir Richie Richardson