About the Match
Australia clinched another win in the ongoing Ashes series down-under, defeating England by a massive 218 runs at Adelaide in the 2nd Test match. Leading 2-0, the home side is super charged with their great team efforts, whereas England is still struggling with its batting performance. The upcoming test will decide if the Aussies can make a clean sweep in the Ashes and take the title, with only 2 more matches to go after the upcoming Perth test. England will need to quickly recover if they want to keep their hopes alive here.
The 2nd test match saw the Aussie batsmen unleash their batting prowess once again as Clarke and Haddin scored their centuries and with good support by the other batsmen like Bailey, Watson and Harris down the order, the team went on to post 570 runs. Johnson worked his magic once again, this time scalping 7 wickets for just 40 runs. With the help of Watson, Lyon and Siddle, he demolished the British batting line-up by the 69th over getting them all out for just 172 runs. The bowlers had done their job and it was enough to destroy the spirits of the English players, who couldn’t bounce back into the game. In the second innings too, the bowlers struck again; this time Siddle took 4 wickets and Harris claimed 3 wickets to dismiss the opponents for 312 runs in reply for a target of 531, thus winning the match by 218 runs. The team is eager to seal the series with another win here and is looking confident to do so.
It was a dismal performance yet again by the English batsmen and the top order collapsed without any fight. Carberry put up a decent score of 60 runs but apart from Ian Bell who scored a good 72 runs from 106 deliveries, none of the others could support from the other end. The middle order fell like a pack of cards with most of them getting out for either ducks or single figures and the team could muster up only 172 runs in reply for 570 runs. In the second innings, the players put up a much better performance with Root scoring 87 runs and Prior posting 69 runs to keep the scoreboard ticking; however, a lack of a good partnership led to the team falling short of the target by 218 runs. The bowlers like Swann, Broad, Stokes and later Anderson did find success but could hardly make any dent on the Aussie batsmen and gave away too many runs, which the batsmen couldn’t find answers to. The team needs to rise above its problems and put up a better performance here to make a comeback.
The Aussies are on a winning roll and it will be difficult for England to beat this team; though the visitors have good resources, they are not able to rise up to the occasion and win matches. The Australians have shown brilliance in all departments of the game and though the English will try their best to win this test match, the home side definitely has the edge to win the upcoming match and seal the series.
Australia, 1.67 @ William Hill