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Australia vs England, 2nd Test at Adelaide, Dec 16 2021, England tour of Australia

2nd Test (D/N), Adelaide, December 16 - 20, 2021, England tour of Australia
473/9d & 230/9d
(T:468) 236 & 192

Australia won by 275 runs

Player Of The Match
103 & 51
Match centre 
Scores: M Venkat Raghav | Comms: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
Australia 473/9(150.4 overs)
3/113 (25)
95 (167)
2/58 (29)
England 236/10(84.1 overs)
80 (157)
4/37 (16.1)
62 (116)
3/58 (28)
Australia 230/9(61 overs)
51 (54)
2/54 (15)
England 192/10(113.1 overs)
44 (97)
5/42 (19.1)
34 (95)
2/55 (39)

8.51pm Well that's the end of that. Heroic though England were in isolation today, they were still bowled out for 192, the 11th sub-200 total this calendar year. It's a pretty grim indictment of their current status - the admirable Joe Root notwithstanding. He of all the England players has earned himself a restful Christmas. And Merry Christmas to the rest of you too. We'll see you right here in six days' time for the Boxing Day Test, but from Miller, Alex, Venkat, Alan and the team, cheers for joining us, see you next time!

The Player of the Match is Marnus Labuschagne. "I think we just stuck it out, certain periods it was really tough. Davey [Warner] batted exceptionally well, he put pressure back on, I tried to absorb it, it's a good combination for batting. I talk to myself out there, a bit of reinforcement to keep me switched on and focused and in the game. To get the win is very special, we drove the Test match and didn't let England in. My first Ashes ton, nice to convert one but disappointed not to make it a big one after a few chances."

Steve Smith: "I wouldn't say nervous, Buttler showed some resistance, he's normally a bit of a dasher, but plenty of time and we thought a couple of good balls, a couple of wickets. I had fun this week, enjoyed it, and the guys played well, controlled the game from the first day, and declared where we wanted to declare, and bowl where we wanted to bowl. Mitchell Starc was exceptional and led the attack really well. He summed it up quickly, not a great deal of swing so bashed a good length, across the right-handers, in great rhythm and proud of how he went about his business.

"Cam Green, the guys inside didn't want him to bowl at all, manage his workload, held him back as long as I could. Ideally we wouldn't have bowled him today." Intriguing. Not injured as such, just being looked after, mid-Ashes. That's an interesting reflection on the gap between the teams!

8.21pm Nearly time for the presentations. A word too for the poor beleaguered Root. He's talking to BT Sport:

"The reason it's disappointing because we made the same mistakes. I think we could have bowled a lot fuller, and with the bat we need to be better, make bigger scores and apply better. The second innings is the attitude and desire we need. It's frustrating because we know we are better. Easy to look at selection and tactics, but we'll address those ahead of the next game. You try to find what you think will exploit the conditions, it's not just the wickets, the ball under lights. We thought there would be more movement. A stat saying least amount of movement at the ground, which was remarkable. We weren't brave enough at times to get the ball up there and get them driving. Lessons learnt, we have to be better in the next game.

"Heartbreaking to see [Buttler] get out like that, it showed the desire you need out here. His mentality in particular was outstanding."

8.13pm Handshakes all round, there's a glimmer of pride to take forward to Melbourne, and some valuable time at the crease for Jos Buttler in particular. But a 275-run winning margin says its own story. More runs in deficit than England managed in either innings. They need centuries, they need partnerships. They need someone to stand up and be counted.

As for Australia, a magnificent achievement given the chaos of the first morning, with Pat Cummins their captain ruled out, along with their other senior seamer Josh Hazlewood. Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser stepped forward with aplomb, while Mitchell Starc assumed the senior seamer status with habitual pink-ball tekkers. Nathan Lyon was a crucial menace in both innings too, while their batting centred once again around their main men David Warner, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, whose century had some luck maybe, but also highlighted the importance of toughing it out.

Raghu: "You don't win Ashes with only 2 batsmen, 4 non-incisive bowlers and a limping all-rounder." Also true. Mark Wood will be back for Melbourne, and he will doubtless provide a cutting edge. But there's no immediate answer to their spin crisis. Joe Root cannot do it all for this team!

Cricfanalways: "Man of the match? probably Starc, but they will give to Marnus as its a batsman's game" Standard!

Kishan Iyengar: "England need something special from here on to bounce bank in this Ashes series. Aussies are in control even without Hazlewood and Cummins. Will need something special from English team management to pull this one back from here on."

Jhye Richardson to Anderson, OUT

another short ball, another flinch, another looping chance into the cordon. Scooped up by Green in the gully and Australia are 2-0 up in the Ashes! One hand comes off the bat as Anderson tries to ride the bounce, but there's too much heat on that one. England's valiant rearguard ends in the 114th over. It was good while it lasted, but it just wasn't enough. It's a maiden five-for for Richardson too, reward for some hostile lines all Test long

James Anderson c Green b Richardson 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 17m) SR: 40
end of over 1134 runs
ENG: 192/9CRR: 1.69 
Stuart Broad9 (31b 1x4)
James Anderson2 (4b)
Mitchell Starc 27-10-43-2
Jhye Richardson 19-9-42-4
Starc to Broad, no run

round the wicket, dug into the ribs, but Broad rides it well, staying in line to stab the ball short of silly point

Starc to Broad, no run

hops back and across, stays in line well this time and drops the ball at his feet. He's rather pleased with himself for that one

Starc to Broad, no run

banged into the hip, and stabbed to leg gully on the bounce

Starc to Broad, no run

rising delivery outside off, open face and an uneasy steer into the cordon

Trevor Jones: "Broad roars past Hick into 41st on the England all time runs list. Small victories!" Well now!

Starc to Broad, no run

banged in short, and ducks

Azhar: "any England fan at adeilade go mess with floodlight system" Almost every technology going broke at the Gabba, so it's a chance...

Starc to Broad, FOUR runs

on the back foot, and sweetly timed through point! Very still at the point of contact, albeit standing on the square leg umpire's toes.

end of over 1125 runs
ENG: 188/9CRR: 1.67 
James Anderson2 (4b)
Stuart Broad5 (25b)
Jhye Richardson 19-9-42-4
Mitchell Starc 26-10-39-2
Jhye Richardson to Anderson, no run

forward and blocked down the track. Solid

Ned: "What has happened to broads batting? He was a genuine all rounder at one point but now he can't seem to stay in behind the ball. " Varun Aaron happened to Broad's batting

Jhye Richardson to Anderson, 2 runs

squeezed away through gully, along the ground this time. They rush back for the second

Jhye Richardson to Broad, 1 run

fenced in the air, and inches wide of gully! Broad's not in a mood for staying in line and he nearly pays the price... a looping edge, doesn't go to hand!

John: "Anderson never gets out, does he?" 100 times no...

Jhye Richardson to Broad, 2 runs

flashed off the back foot into the leg side, another single to ... bring the target ever closer rotate the strike

Jhye Richardson to Broad, no run

round the wicket again, fuller length, and more confidently pushed into the off side this time

Jhye Richardson to Broad, no run

steps away for a slash over the off-side, and so nearly bowled... and caught behind... and everything but dismissed! Not the ideal approach to the length ball!

end of over 1111 run
ENG: 183/9CRR: 1.64 
James Anderson0 (2b)
Stuart Broad2 (21b)
Mitchell Starc 26-10-39-2
Jhye Richardson 18-9-37-4

Malli: "Buttler redeemed himself with batting, England can consider him as pure batsmen and get Foakes" Well now, it's a thought...

Starc to Anderson, no run

rides the bounce well, jammed down into the off side

Sheldon Smith: "So it is up to the best bowling pair to become the heroes of batting. If they pull it off it will go down in cricket folklore" For the second innings running, it's Broad and Anderson under the floodlights, but not in the manner they had hoped

Starc to Anderson, no run

pushed onto the back foot, shape away from the left-hander, stabbed out to point

Starc to Broad, 1 run

on the back foot, angled bat pushing into the off side, and they come through for the single

Starc to Broad, no run

short and nasty, Broad flinches as the ball fizzes past his ribs. Might get a bit more of that now...

Starc to Broad, no run

very full length, shaping in on the toes, solid in defence, pushing forward

Starc to Broad, no run

nobbled on the knee-roll, right back on the stumps, but going over the top, says the umpire

end of over 110Wicket maiden
ENG: 182/9CRR: 1.65 
Stuart Broad1 (17b)
Jhye Richardson 18-9-37-4
Mitchell Starc 25-10-38-2

Greg: "That Buttler wicket is the fault of everyone who had started to hope…" You, yes, you. And you. And you. You are all to blame...

Jhye Richardson to Buttler, OUT

hit wicket! Buttler's so deep in his crease, he's trodden on his own stumps! So deep in his crease, trying to manipulate the angle to pinch a single through the off side... but he's only gone and wrecked the hoose! What a ghastly end to a heroic stay! On the back foot, high elbow, it was his heel that did it. What scenes...

Jos Buttler hit wicket b Richardson 26 (207b 2x4 0x6 258m) SR: 12.56
Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
M Labuschagne
103 runs (305)
8 fours0 six
Productive shot
30 runs
1 four0 six
DA Warner
95 runs (167)
11 fours0 six
Productive shot
cover drive
28 runs
4 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
JA Richardson
MA Starc
Match details
Adelaide Oval
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2441
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, Dinner 16.30-17.10, Tea 19.10-19.30, Close 21.30
Match days16,17,18,19,20 December 2021 - daynight (5-day match)
Test debut
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Match Referee
PointsAustralia 12, England 0
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