Australia has won the inaugural day-night Ashes Test by 120 runs on the last day, with Josh Hazlewood striking twice in the first three overs and Mitchell Starc finishing off the tail as the pace attack crushed England's slim hopes of a comeback victory. England resumed at 1764 on Wednesday, needing a further 178 to achieve a national record fourth-innings run chase for a win that would level the Ashes series at 1-1. England's not-out batsmen Joe Root, right, and Chris Woakes walk on for the start of the fifth day of their Ashes cricket test match against Australia in Adelaide.
But after watching nightwatchman Chris Woakes (5) feather a catch off Hazlewood's bowling to wicketkeeper Tim Paine on the second ball of the day, Root was also out caught behind in the Australian paceman's next over without adding to his overnight score as England slumped to 177/6. Nathan Lyon dismissed Moeen Ali and England was bundled out for 233 when Starc (5/88) returned with the new ball to remove Craig Overton, Stuart Broad and complete a five-wicket haul when he bowled Jonny Bairstow for 36.
After losing the series-opener by 10 wickets in Brisbane last week, Root won the toss and sent Australia into bat at the Adelaide Oval — something last done by an Englishman in his position in 1982. It didn't work then, and it failed this time, too, with Shaun Marsh's unbeaten 126 — he was named the man of the match — helping Australia post 442/8 declared in the first innings. Australia then bowled England out for 227, setting up a 215-run cushion, but then Smith let the pressure off England by not enforcing the follow-on and make the tourists bat again immediately under lights.
Smith's fast bowlers snuffed out any hope with the early wickets, and now England heads to Perth needing to avoid defeat to have any hope of retaining the Ashes. The Australian captain said he no longer needed to dwell too much on his decision regarding the follow-on. England's Joe Root, center left, shakes hands with Australia's Steve Smith at the end of their Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide.