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Aust takes out second Ashes series

Broadcast: 06/12/2006

Reporter: Peter Wilkins

Australia has struck what could prove to be the fatal Ashes blow, with a six-wicket win over
England on the final day of the second Test in Adelaide.


TONY JONES: Back now to this country and a sporting story. History is now firmly against England
retaining the Ashes, with Australia's second win of the series in Adelaide today. In 123 years of
Ashes contest, neither country has come back to win from 2-0 down. And once again it was the
spin-king Shane Warne who came to Australia's rescue when a win for the host nation looked an
unlikely outcome at the opening of today's play. Peter Wilkins reports.

PETER WILKINS: This enthralling day of Ashes joy and misfortune was all about body language, where
clearly Australia had England's measure even before a ball was bowled.

SHANE WARNE: This morning their attitude looked like just to survive. I think that sort of got us
upbeat and allowed us to get a bit all over them.

PETER WILKINS: Stuart Clark threatened, Shane Warne probed and England froze, unable to score runs
and falling foul initially to the rub of the green with Andrew Strauss's dismissal.

Pietersen flexed in the wings but after Warne's underarm penalised English indecision, he was
flummoxed in the middle by his good mate. He swallowed the moment with gusto. There was more to
savour. Lee gleefully claimed the groping Flintoff and by lunch, fortunes had well and truly been
reversed. England had lost 4-8 and scored only 30 runs in the session. Try as may might, the Ashes
holders couldn't fight their way out of the corner and Australia gorged on the wounded opponent
with Warne leading the pack.

Giles was set up and despatched in a 27-over performance from the maestro of 4-29. Hoggard's
batting couldn't match his bowling, while Harmison looked unlucky in falling to Glenn McGrath.
Despite last-wicket defiance and frustration, England's innings ended on a sorry 129, leaving
Australia 168 to win.

There was no fearful shrinking of the total, though that attitude undid Justin Langer and after a
flurry, Matthew Hayden to a great Paul Collingwood catch. But the majestic Ricky Ponting and the
canny Mike Hussey honed in on the total.

Three years ago on the same ground, Australia lost to India after scoring more than 550 in the
first innings but their path to an equally memorable victory had some obstacles. England weren't
quite done with and the wickets of Ponting and the impetuous Martyn gave themselves a small sense.
But the home team squigged in for as morale-boosting a triumph as it was demoralising for England,
now 2 down in the Ashes conflict.

RICKY PONTING: What we've done today and probably for the last three days of this game has been
pretty remarkable and a few of the boys are throwing a few different games around in the
change-rooms, then but they all go out the window as far as I'm concerned. That's the best test win
I've ever been a part of.

SHANE WARNE: I think the '92 test match in Sri Lanka was probably my - the greatest team win I've
been involved in best but I think this pips it. I think you know, 500 plays 500. Last day we need
to take 10 wickets and chase it down. It's just a sensational effort from a great team.

PETER WILKINS: Australia home by six wickets as the magnitude and the impact of the defeat sinks in
by England.

ANDREW FLINTOFF, ENGLAND CAPTAIN: We turned up today, the game wasn't in the bag or, you know, we
weren't ... it by any means and then we came here and we knew we had to play well to get anything
out of the game but we were confident of doing so. And walking off tonight, having been beaten,
yeah, there's a little bit of shock. Most of the lads are bitterly disappointed because they gave
everything, and it just shows you in test cricket you have one bad hour and it can cost you the

PETER WILKINS: Peter Wilkins, Lateline.

TONY JONES: And you almost feel sorry for them - almost.