Australia has won the second test of the Ashes series against England played in Adelaide, leaving them just one win away from claiming the series.
The Aussies won the toss and chose to bat. Opener Chris Rogers anchored the side with a strong opening stint (72 runs), ably supported by Shane Watson (51 runs). But it was captain Michael Clarke who proved the danger man, posting 148 runs, with strong support from George Bailey (53 runs) and Brad Haddin (118 runs). Even tail-ender Ryan Harris (55 runs, not out) joined in the run-fest. At 570 runs with the loss of 9 wickets, Australia declared.
England lost Alastair Cook early (3 runs). Michael Carberry look composed, hitting 10 fours on his way to 60 runs. But apart from Ian Bell (72 runs), England could not cope against the pace of Mitchell Johnson, who ripped through the English line-up, taking 7 wickets with only 40 runs against. England finished with a disappointing tally of 172 runs.
In the second innings, Australia had a bit of batting practice before declaring at 132 runs with the loss of 3 wickets, with David Warner top scoring (83 runs). Australia were hoping the English rose would wilt again, but their batsmen were more resilient as the likes of Joe Root (87 runs), Kevin Pietersen (53 runs) and Matt Prior (69 runs) adjusted better to the conditions.
But the target facing the Englishmen was too great, and as they started the fifth and final day at 6 wickets for 247 runs, even a draw looked unlikely. In the end they were bowled out for 312 runs, 218 runs short of the target set by the Australians.