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Winning the Ashes from 2-0 down or not losing 5-0 – the lessons for England to learn

The optimism spectrum surrounding England’s Ashes chances has at one end “still in with a chance” and at the other “5-0 again”. At 2-0 down after the 120-run defeat in Adelaide, Joe Root’s men have the slimmest chance of a turnaround. To cling on to the urn past Christmas, they must avoid being beaten in Perth, where England have not won since 1978. The loss at the Adelaide Oval came in two halves – one where England were pretty awful and another where they improved enough to discomfort Australia. Whether…

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England still massively in Ashes series after defeat – Root

Media playback is not supported on this device Second Ashes Test, Adelaide Oval (day five of five) Australia 442-8 dec (Marsh 126*) & 138 (Anderson 5-43, Woakes 4-36) England 227 (Lyon 4-60) & 233 (Root 67. Starc 5-88) Australia won by 120 runs; take lead 2-0 in series Scorecard Captain Joe Root says England can turn the Ashes series around despite going 2-0 down with defeat in the second Test in Adelaide. England had an outside chance of a remarkable victory on the fifth day, but lost six wickets for…

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Ashes: Joe Root refuses to write off England’s hopes despite Australia taking 2-0 series lead in Adelaide

Joe Root insists England are still “massively” in the Ashes series despite falling 2-0 behind with a 120-run defeat in the second Test. England arrived on the final day at the Adelaide Oval with an outside chance of sustaining their revival in the inaugural pink-ball Ashes encounter. But after conceding a 215-run first-innings deficit, even James Anderson’s maiden five-wicket haul in Australia and then a battling half-century from the England captain himself could not truly turn back the tide. DAY FIVE REPORT: England hope quickly extinguished as Australia storm into 2-0…

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Ashes: England hope quickly extinguished as Australia storm into 2-0 series lead

England folded quickly in pursuit of a national-record chase as Australia took six wickets in under a session to go 2-0 up in the Ashes with a 120-run victory. The hosts had appeared a little rattled for much of the penultimate day in this second Test, while England captain Joe Root was sustaining England’s unlikely fightback with a determined half-century. But Steve Smith’s men were right back on their game as the Adelaide Oval sunshine came out to play at last on the final afternoon, Josh Hazlewood wasting no time…

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Ashes: Australia beat England by 120 runs to take 2-0 lead in series

Second Ashes Test, Adelaide Oval (day five of five) Australia 442-8 dec (Marsh 126*) & 138 (Anderson 5-43, Woakes 4-36) England 227 (Lyon 4-60) & 233 (Root 67) Australia won by 120 runs; take lead 2-0 in series Scorecard England’s fightback in the second Test ultimately came to nothing as Australia powered to a 120-run win in Adelaide and a 2-0 Ashes lead. Beginning the final day on 176-4 in pursuit of 354, the tourists lost Chris Woakes to the second ball and Joe Root two overs later, both to…

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