Josh Hazlewood snuffed out England’s hopes of a remarkable triumph in the second Ashes Test with two wickets in the first 16 balls of the final day and helped Australia wrap up a 120-run victory in brilliant Adelaide sunshine on Wednesday.
England, with six wickets in hand, needed 178 runs to win the maiden day-night Ashes Test and level the series at 1-1 but fell well short of their victory target and will head to Perth 0-2 down with three matches to play.
Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc mopped up the tail with the new pink ball to take five for 88, his eighth five-wicket haul in tests, but Hazlewood shared the plaudits after his key early intervention.
The paceman delivered a hefty blow when he removed Chris Woakes with the second ball of the day and two overs later landed a knockout punch when he had Joe Root caught behind before the England captain could add to his overnight 67.
Here's how Twitterati reacted to Australia's win:
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 6, 2017
— KP (@KP24) December 6, 2017
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust,
Root won the toss & bowled,
The series is bust. pic.twitter.com/ehxXUwYwLC
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 6, 2017
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 6, 2017
England lose 6-57 off 134 balls today, and go 0-2 down.#Ashes
— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) December 6, 2017
In pain ?????? #ashes
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) December 6, 2017
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 6, 2017
— ICC (@ICC) December 6, 2017
England have announced their team for the 3rd #Ashes Test:
HM Amla (c)
AB de Villiers
F du Plessis
DJ Vilas †
Imran Tahir pic.twitter.com/2CdIb2ADwl
— AUS 2 ENG 0 (@DennisCricket_) December 6, 2017
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) December 6, 2017
Nathan Lyon has 38 wickets from his past five Tests - the most productive sequence of his career #Ashes
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) December 6, 2017