Australia vs England 2nd Test Day 4: Anderson, Root bring England back into contention

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James Anderson finished with figures of 5-43 off 22 overs

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England seamer James Anderson took his maiden five-wicket haul in Australia and captain Joe Root struck an unbeaten 67 to leave their side needing 178 runs to win on the final day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Starting off the day on 53/4, Australia added 18 runs to their overnight score before nightwatchman Nathan Lyon was caught by Stuart Broad at mid-off off the bowling of Anderson for 14.

Anderson struck again in his next over when Dawid Malan clung on to a brilliant catch at third slip to send Peter Handscomb on his way for 12.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine only mustered 11 runs before falling to Chris Woakes, who then proceeded to take out Shaun Marsh for 19.

Mitchell Starc managed to make 20 runs before being caught by Moeen Ali at cover off the bowling of Anderson.

Australia were bowled out for 138, which set England a target of 354 to win, when Josh Hazlewood was caught by Malan at gully off the bowling of debutant Craig Overton for three runs.

Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Woakes snapped up four and Overton chipped in with one.

Chasing 354 to win, England got off to a solid start as openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman amassed a 53-run partnership.

However, both batsmen fell in quick succession, with Cook being the first to go when he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Lyon for 16.

Cook was not given out initially, but Australia skipper Steve Smith reviewed the decision, and it worked in his favour as replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump.

Stoneman scored 36 before he was caught by Usman Khawaja at gully off the bowling of Starc.

Root and James Vince began to rebuild England’s innings, but after adding 37 runs, Vince was dismissed by Starc for 15.

Root and Malan steadied the ship with a 78-run partnership, during which Root surpassed his half-century, before Malan was clean bowled by Pat Cummins for 29.

Root and Woakes safely guided England to stumps with an unbeaten seven-run partnership.

Root finished on 67 off 114 balls, which included nine boundaries, while Woakes remained undefeated on five.

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Joe Root led by example with the bat

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Starc was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Cummins and Lyon claimed one wicket each.

England ended day four on 176/4 and will continue batting on Wednesday at 14:00 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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