What a way to wrap the 2nd Test on the fifth & final day in a Day/Night format at Adelaide Oval with Australia won by 275 runs & are one step closer towards retaining the Ashes Series at 2-0 with three matches left beginning on Sunday in Melbourne.
Commiserations for England right now when Chris Woakes scored some handy runs on 44 before he was clean bowled by Jhye Richardson, the same goes to Jos Buttler who might not have scored quickly as Woakes but at least he stuck in there for as long as he can & sadly he‘ll be disappointed not to overplant his back foot into the stumps. There’s only one way now to fight back and that is winning the remaining three tests so expect to see some wholesale changes especially in the opener batting slots.
And hats off to Jhye Richardson who snatched up his first five wicket haul at test level (42-5) when he bowled a couple of good balls that got the England openers out in their 2nd innings spell, Not only he fired off with the early wickets for Australia but he ended the long-running Buttler & Woakes partnership by punishing Woakes through the stumps before he finished off the game in style with Buttler’s hit wicket which is a big highlight towards Australia’s journey towards the finish line.
I also want to point out that he can bat a bit too especially after he whacked a huge six over the rope during both innings where I’d like to see him execute more of these in the Sheffield Shield before he can score a few Test 50s like Pat Cummins in a few years time.
Now there’s going to be a selection headache going into Melbourne this Sunday with Pat Cummins back after a short quarantine period due to some positive COVID contact as well as Josh Hazlewood, it’ll be interesting to see if they’re going to mightily keep a winning team with one or two changes & guide them to another win closer to retaining the Urn once again.
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