Australia rip through England to claim 2-0 lead

Jimmy Anderson celebrates the wicket of Steve Smith

Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc mopped up the tail to take five for 88, his eighth five-wicket haul in tests, but Hazlewood will also share the plaudits after his early intervention.

The Aussies dismantled England on the fifth and final day of play on Wednesday with a 120-run victory. "Fortunately, we're able to hang in there and get the result we were after".

"Look forward to Perth now and get ready for that".

Skipper Root led a spirited English fightback and relished the challenge of a record run chase with a fighting unbeaten half-century.

The dismissal of Woakes had an element of fortune in that the feather the nightwatchman got on the ball was picked up by snicko but not the hotspot when it was referred.

Root shaped as the tourists' beacon of hope but the captain was dismissed by Hazlewood without adding to his overnight score, undone by a hint of reverse swing and express pace.

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Root, however, simply walked from the field after edging behind. On a surface that had been good for batting all match, a ball finally stayed a touch low and kissed the toe of Root's bat on the way through to Tim Paine. Moeen Ali, who is quickly emerging as Lyon's bunny in this series, came unstuck on two trying to sweep and was hit on the pads in front of his stumps.

Mitchell Starc later had the second new ball hooping, snaring three wickets as Australia turned the screws to spare Smith the ignominy of losing after his declaration on day two. Starc ended with figures of 5/88.

"Disappointing", said Root. "I don't think we did ourselves justice". But we're still in the series.

Australia dismissed England for 227 on Monday but decided against sending them back in to bat despite holding a 215-run first innings lead. "It's played on my mind a little bit over the last couple of days and I thought: 'Have I made a mistake here, have I not?' On another day I might decide to go the other way but, in the end, we've won the Test match so it's irrelevant". However, they squandered the advantage to allow England to take their chances of winning the game.

Only one captain in the long history of test cricket had previously lost a test after opting not to enforce the follow-on and Smith was grateful to his bowlers for getting him out of a hole.

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