Monday, 09 December 2013 - 10:28
Australia thrash England in Adelaide
Australia secured a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series after brushing away the last feeble vestiges of English resistance to win the second Test by a thumping 218 runs.
Needing to bat all day to save the Test, England instead could not bat out the first hour as they lost their final four wickets for 65 in another unnecessary flurry of attacking shots.
Only once before have England lost successive Tests by a margin of more than 200 runs, but after the 381-run thrashing in Brisbane they are now in dire danger of ceding the Ashes to their rampant opponents.
With the third Test in Perth starting on Friday on a ground where Australia have won the last six Tests between the two, England need a turnaround of unprecedented proportions to keep the series alive.