Australia rip through England to win second Test — THE ASHES

Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates after dismissing England's Stuart Broad during the fifth day of the second Ashes Test match. England coach Trevor Bayliss said after the match that England need to avoid batting collapses in the next three games

Steve Smith's team completed a 120-run victory Wednesday in the inaugural day/night Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Earlier, Australia declared their first innings on 442-8 and bowled out England for 227, handing Australia a huge 225-run lead.

Root didn't add to his overnight score and when he departed, so did any realistic hope of the English reaching their 354-run target.

The tourists resumed at 4-176 but paceman Josh Hazlewood struck with the second ball of the day, dismissing Chris Woakes (five) caught behind.

England coach Trevor Bayliss feels that the lack of centuries from his batsmen is the primary reason they trail 2-0 in the Ashes.

"It is obviously very disappointing now", said captain Root, who "strongly disagrees" with anyone currently predicting a second successive 5-0 whitewash defeat Down Under. England fought really hard with the ball and last night. "I thought we showed a lot of character, which is what you want to see in big series like this".

England has continually failed to adjust to its notorious pace and bounce and have won just one Test Match there since 1978, losing on each of the last seven occasions. We have shown in the first two Tests that we can outperform Australia. I thought the way we went about everything yesterday was excellent and that's got to be the benchmark in how we approach the rest of this series.

"The belief in the dressing room is definitely there".

"We're playing better cricket this time, I don't think we're as unevenly matched as we were last time around".

The third Test gets underway in Perth on December 14.

"We are certainly not going to give up and go home - we've got three more Tests", he said. "We have to work out a way to keep that concentration and compete for longer". "They are certainly beatable". As I said, there was a number of good things. I was a little bit nervous.

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