Australia vs England 2nd Test at Adelaide, 16 Dec, 2021

Toss: Australia, who chose to bat
Australia 473/9 (150.4)  &  230/9 (61)
England 236/10 (84.1)  &  192/10 (113.1)
Australia won by 275 runs
Man of the Match: Marnus Labuschagne

    Over 110.5 Mitchell Starc bowls a back of length delivery to SCJ Broad, no run, hops and pokes this off the backfoot towards point

    Over 110.6 Mitchell Starc bowls a good length delivery to SCJ Broad, no run,  stays upright and tall, fends this off a hop towards point

    Over 111.5 Jhye Richardson bowls a good length delivery to JM Anderson, 2 runs,  opens the face and steers it off the outside half towards third man for a couple

    Over 111.6 Jhye Richardson bowls a good length delivery to JM Anderson, no run, gets half-cocked forward and defends solidly

    Australia won by 275 runs and lead the series with 2-0

    Steve Smith ( Australia captain): I wasn't nervous. I think Jos played very well, and played over 200 balls, so it was good resistance along with Woakes and Robbo. We wanted to stay calm because it would take a couple of good balls and a couple of wickets to get the win.I did enjoy captaincy and the guys played well and controlled the game after the first day. Davey and Marnus's partnership set it up, so we could control the game. A special mention to Starc, who has bowled as well as he's bowled in a long time, and he's led the attack really well. I think he summed it up quickly that it wasn't swinging and he was just hitting a good length and attacking the batsmen. The guys in there said Cam Green shouldn't bowl at all today, because his workload needs to be managed. Ideally he shouldn't have bowled today, but we needed him to bowl because of how good he has been. I have no idea about Josh Hazlewood, but Harris is batting well in the nets, so he needs to not overthink it and trust the process and he can turn it around.

    Joe Root (England captain): I am fine. It was tough day (yesterday), feel a bit better today (smiles). When we look at ball in hand, I don't think we bowled the right lengths, we needed to bowl fuller. As soon as we did that in the second innings, we made it harder for them. It’s disappointing because we made the same mistakes that we made four years ago. We could have bowled better and should have batted better. We have to be (confident) about turning things around. I’m confident that we have all that we need to win here. Just need to stop repeating the same mistakes. We have to get through that first 20 minutes and then go greedy, need to leave better as well. Need to also manage certain passages of play better. Certainly capable of it. Yes, that's the attitude (Buttler's defiance) we needed to harness through the whole game. I feel we competed in patches, but we need to fight the whole game. That’s what is needed to win here. The attitude today was brilliant. We just need to do more of it. I expect us to have that mentality for the rest of the series.

    Marnus Labuschagne | Man of the Match (103 and 51): We really stuck it out there, and Davey batted very well and put the pressure on the bowlers. I tried to absorb the pressure and if you have a combination like that out there, it hands us the advantage. I do a bit of self-talk, especially when I congratulated myself on playing the bouncer by Stokes, as opposed to the one before that I played poorly. We played well this Test match and didn't take our foot off the peddle. Getting my first Ashes ton was terrific and I was disappointed that I didn't make it a big one despite a few chances. I have played with Neser and played with Jhye in Shield cricket only weeks ago, and they have a unique set of skills - like Neser hits the stumps, for instance. It was great to have two bowlers out and still be able to dominate this Test match.