England skipper Joe Root top-scored for his side with 67    Getty Images
England skipper Joe Root top-scored for his side with 67 Getty Images

Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Starc helped Australia crush England by 120 runs to win the historic Adelaide Test. England, the Ashes holder, are trailing 0-2 in the 5-Test series. England had their hopes pinned on their skipper Joe Root ahead of the fifth day. The visitors started the proceedings on Day Five at 176 for 4. They could add only 57 runs, losing 6 wickets.

After conceding a lead of 215 runs in the first innings, England had shot out Australia for 138. Root believes that his side showed character in the second innings and are still “massively” in the series.

“Disappointing. I don’t think we did ourselves justice. The way we showed character in the second innings proved to everyone we are still massively in the series. We’ve shown throughout the two games in periods we can outperform Australia, just not over the five days. If we can perform to our ability for longer periods of time we’ll win games,” said Root, who top-scored for England with 67.

Australia got off to a dream start when nightwatchman Chris Woakes was out to the second ball of the fifth day, caught behind off Hazlewood for 5. Woakes went for a review. The Hot Spot did not detect an edge, but the ‘Snicko’ did. There began the English collapse.

On losing 0-5

“I don’t think we’re in the same situation (as last tour), we’re much better than that. We’re in a much better place. In big series senior players have to step up and lead from the front and I tried to do that last night, but unfortunately this morning I couldn’t carry that on. That’s really disappointing as someone who wants to lead from the front and show the guys to lead the way. That hurts me a lot personally,” Root said.

‘Strange Reviews’

“There were a number of decisions overturned, it was strange. A few where we were out in the middle in the field and we thought that it’s just regulation … out. It’s easy to criticise the umpires and it’s easy to make excuses but it’s a very difficult job. And just like players, you have good and bad days. There is always going to be those questions asked about DRS – is the technology in the right place, could it be better? We are where we are with it and we have to get on with it because it’s there for this series. If we moan and use it as an excuse then it’s not going to help us.

“From our point of view as an England side, we have just got to try and eliminate the chance of it going against us,” Root added.