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Ashes 2017/18, 2nd Test: 5 things that went wrong for England

Tanya Rudra
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Bangladesh v England - First Test: Day One

England's batsmen could not capitalise on the second-innings fightback from their bowlers as Australia strolled to a 120-run win in Adelaide to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match Ashes Test series.

Needing 354 to win, England began day five on 176 for 4, but Josh Hazlewood removed Chris Woakes on the second ball and Joe Root two overs later to rattle visitor's hopes of an unlikely win.

Root's departure more or less sealed England's fate and Moeen Ali's wicket, six overs later, was the final nail in the coffin.Mitchell Starc was at his ruthless best as he wrapped it up quickly with the second new ball to finish with figures of 5 for 88.

England lost six wickets in the first session on day five and were bowled out for 233, as Australia became the first team to win a day-night Test after batting first.

Now that the hosts are 2-0 up in the series ahead of the Perth Test, let's have a look at the five things that went wrong for England.

Top-order failure

England's top-order once again failed to give their team a good start and lay a solid foundation for a huge score.

After Australia declared their first innings on 442/8 on day two, the visitors' openers could not hold the fort and England were all out for 227.

The pattern continued in the second innings as well. England required 354 runs to win but their batsmen could not replicate the excellent work done by their bowlers as they fell short by 120 runs in the end.

The form of Alastair Cook, who scored 53 in two innings, has been one of the biggest concerns for Joe Root in the ongoing series.

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