The Ashes: England On The Verge Of Losing Their Second Test When Joe Root Is Dismissed

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After captain Joe Root was bowled out in the penultimate over of day four against Australia in Adelaide, England is facing defeat in the second Ashes Test.

As England finished on 82-4, Root edged behind off Mitchell Starc to the final ball of the day. The tourists’ aspirations were dashed, as they needed to bat out the final day for a draw after being assigned a notional 468 to win.

Root, who was unable to take the field due to injury at the start of the day, dug in for 67 balls for 24 runs and seemed set to finish unbeaten alongside Ben Stokes, who is three not out from 40.

England’s opener, Haseeb Hameed, was caught behind for a duck in the second over of their innings after he handled a rising length ball from Jhye Richardson.

Michael Neser caught Dawid Malan lbw for 20 runs, while Rory Burns batted for 95 balls before edging Richardson to second slip for 34 runs.

Earlier, Australia advanced from 45-1 to 230-9 before declaring an hour before tea, despite losing three wickets for seven runs in a weird first session. The hosts appear poised to grab a 2-0 series lead on a twisting course, with the possibility of another session under the lights on day five.

Source: BBC Sport

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