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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Cricket

Siddle, Harris finish the job, Australia set to regain Ashes
Reuters
Adelaide, December 10, 2013
First Published: 01:05 IST(10/12/2013)
Last Updated: 10:24 IST(10/12/2013)

A ruthless Australia rattled through England's final four wickets on Monday to complete an emphatic 218-run victory in the second Ashes Test and push the tourists to the brink of a humiliating series defeat.

The crushing win at Adelaide Oval puts Australia 2-0 ahead in the five-Test series, a stunning turnaround from the 3-0 Ashes defeat they suffered in England in August.

The hosts will fancy their chances of securing the famous urn in Perth, where England have not won since 1978 and where man-of-the-match Mitchell Johnson looms as an even greater threat on the WACA's bouncy wicket.

"It's not a fluke that we have won the first two test matches," Australia captain Michael Clarke said after his team tore through England's tail in less than an hour. "We're finally getting the results for the hard work and commitment over a long period of time.

The win proved Australia's victory in Brisbane was no flash in the pan, while confirming a seismic shift in the balance of power between the teams.

Any hopes England had that rain might save them were quickly dispelled when a shower cleared to allow play to start only 10 minutes late.

Pacemen Peter Siddle (4-57) and Ryan Harris (3-54) combined with aplomb to seal the win in less than an hour on a gloomy morning at the re-developing ground.

In reality, however, England lost the Test on Saturday when their batsmen failed to stand up to another withering spell of extreme pace bowling from the resurgent Johnson.

Brief Scores: Australia 570-9 decl (Clarke 148, Haddin 118; Broad 3-98 and 132-3 decl (Warner 83 not out; Anderson 2-19) England 172 (Bell 72 not out, Carberry 60; Johnson 7-40) and 312 (Root 87, Prior 69, Pietersen 53; Siddle 4-57, Harris 3-54).


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