Australia dealt England a potentially fatal Ashes blow with an astonishing come-from-behind last day victory in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
In a dramatic turnaround, England crumpled to 129 all out, leaving the Australians with the task of scoring 168 runs for victory off 36 overs.
Australia achieved that with ease by six wickets to seize a 2-0 lead in the five-Test series and now head to Perth, where victory in the December 14-18 third Test would win back the Ashes after they relinquished them for the first time in 16 years in 2005. Australia showed their intent to go after the tantalizing win from the start with 10 runs off Matthew Hoggard’s opening over, before Justin Langer fell in his next over, cutting to Ian Bell at backward point for seven.
Matthew Hayden scored at a run a ball but when on 18 he skied an attempted pull shot off Andrew Flintoff and Paul Collingwood took an outstanding catch running backwards, leaving the home team 33 for two but bang on the run rate.
Mike Hussey was promoted to No.4 ahead of the threatened Damien Martyn to join Ricky Ponting and the pair rattled along at five an over, putting on 83 runs in 76 minutes before Ponting fell to Ashley Giles for 49.
Martyn’s Test future is in jeopardy after another cheap dismissal for five, but a sign of England’s frustrations came when Michael Clarke got four overthrows from an over-cooked throw by Pietersen to give him seven runs.
Hussey guided his team to victory with a hustling 61 not out and hit the winning runs as Australia reached 168 for four off 32.5 overs, with Clarke not out 21.
The Australians set up their run chase after skittling England for a snail-paced 129 in 73 overs, just five more than their lowest-ever total at the Adelaide Oval.
First innings double-centurion Collingwood fought a rearguard to remain unbeaten on 22 as England unravelled under the brilliant leg-spin bowling of Shane Warne and poor shot-making.
Test cricket’s greatest wicket-taker claimed 4-49 off 32 overs — 4-29 off 27 overs unchanged on Tuesday — to spark the English slide, with the tourists losing their last nine wickets for 60.
Collingwood batted for 198 minutes and faced 119 balls for his stonewall innings and held out with James Anderson in a last-wicket partnership of 41 minutes and 54 balls.
England had the start to the final day they dreaded with Warne grabbing two wickets, Bell run out in a horrible mix up and Flintoff out to a swoosh outside off-stump.
Warne hit back in the morning with the wickets of opener Andrew Strauss and his Hampshire county teammate Pietersen.
Strauss was caught at short leg by Hussey for 34 off Warne in the 11th over of the day and was quickly followed by Bell (26) in a dreadful mix-up with Collingwood.
Warne took special delight in taking the wicket of first-innings centurion Pietersen for two. Warne flicked a prodigious leg-break that bowled the dangerous Pietersen, attempting to sweep, around his legs.
Flintoff went after a Brett Lee delivery that moved off the pitch and edged to Adam Gilchrist for two, leaving his side at 77 for 5.
Geraint Jones (10), Ashley Giles (0), Matthew Hoggard (4) and Steve Harmison (8) fell after lunch before Anderson helped Collingwood temporarily delay Australia’s victory assault.
England won toss
England 1st inns 551-6 dec (I R Bell 60, P D Collingwood 206, K P Pietersen 158)
Australia 1st inns 513 (R T Ponting 142, M E K Hussey 91, M J Clarke 124, A C Gilchrist 64, S K Warne 43; M J Hoggard 7-109)
England 2nd inns (overnight 59-1)
A J Strauss c Hussey b Warne 34
A N Cook c Gilchrist b Clark 9
I R Bell run out (Clarke/Warne) 26
P D Collingwood not out 22
K P Pietersen b Warne 2
*A Flintoff c Gilchrist b Lee 2
†G O Jones c Hayden b Lee 10
A F Giles c Hayden b Warne 0
M J Hoggard b Warne 4
S J Harmison lbw b McGrath 8
J M Anderson lbw b McGrath 1
Extras (b3, lb5, w1, nb2) 11
Total (all out, 73 overs) 129
Fall: 1-31, 2-69, 3-70, 4-73, 5-77, 6-94, 7-97, 8-105, 9-119
Bowling: Lee 18-3-35-2 (2nb); McGrath 10-6-15-2 (1w); Warne 32-12-49-4; Clark 13-4-22-1
Australia 2nd inns
J L Langer c Bell b Hoggard 7
M L Hayden c Collingwood b Flintoff 18
*R T Ponting c Strauss b Giles 49
M E K Hussey not out 61
D R Martyn c Strauss b Flintoff 5
M J Clarke not out 21
Extras (b2, lb2, w1, nb2) 7
Total (4 wkts, 32.5 overs) 168
Did not bat: †A C Gilchrist, S K Warne, B Lee, S R Clark, G D McGrath
Fall: 1-14, 2-33, 3-116, 4-121
Bowling: Hoggard 4-0-29-1; Flintoff 9-0-44-2 (2nb); Giles 10-0-46-1; Harmison 4-0-15-0 (1w); Anderson 3.5-0-23-0; Pietersen 2-0-7-0
Result: Australia won by 6 wickets
Series: Australia lead the 5-match series 2-0
Man of the Match: Ricky Ponting
Series: Australia lead the 5-match series 1-0
Umpires: S A Bucknor (West Indies) and R E Koertzen (South Africa). TV umpire: S J Davis. Match referee J J Crowe (New Zealand)
Previous match: November 23-27 1st Test, Australia won by 277 runs
Forthcoming matches: December 14-18 3rd Test (Perth). December 26-30 4th Test (Melbourne). January 2-6 5th Test (Sydney)
Source:The NewsMore on:Ashes, Australia, england, Matthew Hoggard, Mike Hussey, Ricky Ponting
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