Australia dismantles England to win second Ashes Test with 120-run victory

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   Josh Hazlewood's first over on the final day was his best of the match as he claimed the wicket of Chris Woakes

MARK KOLBE GETTY IMAGES Josh Hazlewood's first over on the final day was his best of the match as he claimed the wicket of Chris Woakes

The third test starts December 14 in Perth, where England is in danger of surrendering the urn after winning the Ashes on home soil in 2015.

However, it was Hazlewood who caused the maximum damage on the final morning by getting rid of unsafe Joe Root for 67.

"So it was very pleasing that Josh was able to come out and do what he did this morning, and obviously to get the wicket of Root really put us in a good position and I was able to breathe a little more easily".

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.

In Hazlewood's next over, Root did not hang around to query Dar's ruling of another caught-behind - departing like Woakes without addition to his overnight score.

Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow had the potential to be a thorn in Australia's side, but such is Lyon's dominance over his rival spinner, it took only a few overs of probing off-breaks before Ali played an erroneous sweep and was trapped LBW.

Cameron Bancroft dropped Craig Overton (7) but his luck only lasted until the second new ball, Starc trapping him plumb in front with an in-swinger.

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"The way we went about things in the second innings proved we are still massively in this series - we have shown we can outperform Australia but we haven't done it for five days".

Well, unfortunately for Joe Root and co., it was the latter that happened, as England collapsed on day five, leaving their chances of winning the Ashes hanging on by a thread.

For England, James Anderson took five-wicket but the contribution went in vain as the batting line-up failed to perform on the concluding day.

The Australian captain said he no longer needed to dwell too much on his decision regarding the follow-on.

"The belief is still there - I don't think we are in a situation we were the last time we were here".

Although the final day's attendance could not quite push the already record total for the test over the 200,000 mark, there was no doubt that day-night Ashes cricket is here to stay.

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