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Despite Jos Buttler’s 207 ball 26 Australia took the six wickets they needed on the last day to win the second Ashes test comfortably by 207 runs.

Buttler who has come under criticism, showed he can bat defensively and defend his wicket by spending a lot of time at the crease but when he stood on his own stumps after defending a ball from Jhye Richardson the game was all but over.

Ollie Pope continued his poor form in the series as Mitchell Starc took his wicket almost straight away with the number six edging behind to captain Steve Smith for just four runs.

Ben Stokes defended well and took up 77 balls for just 12 runs but he was caught LBW by spinner Nathan Lyon leaving the visitors six wickets down and in a perilous position.

Chris Woakes providing the biggest fightback for England alongside Buttler; the all-rounder scored 44 runs from 97 balls top scoring for the visitors. Although Woakes batted brilliantly it is very worrying for England that their number eight batsman was the highest run scorer.

Woakes was bowled by the excellent Richardson putting England seven wickets down and well in truly into the tail.

Ollie Robinson edged behind to Smith off Lyon’s bowling to leave Australia needing two wickets for victory and after Buttler hit his own wicket Australia just needed the wicket of either Stuart Broad or James Anderson to take a two nil victory in the series.

Anderson chipped a short ball from Richardson straight into the hands of Cameron Green to give Australia their tenth wicket of the match and victory in the day night test.

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July 2024