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Australia needed only 11.4 overs on the final day of the second Test to take England’s remaining four wickets and claim a two-nil lead in the Ashes series.

Resuming on 6-247 chasing 531 to win, England were bowled out for 312 under overcast skies at Adelaide Oval.

Paceman Peter Siddle led Australia’s second innings attack with 4-57 and Ryan Harris took 3-54.

England must now lick their wounds ahead of a quick turnaround for the third Test on a bouncy WACA pitch in Perth starting on Friday.

In a promising sign for England, wicketkeeper/batsman Matt Prior recovered from his double failure in the first Test, completing a fine knock of 69 on Monday, including 12 fours off 102 balls.

Play started 10 minutes late because of morning showers as England looked to the heavens in the hope of a rain-affected draw.

Stuart Broad (29) played with gay abandon despite England’s talk of showing fight to try to draw the match.

The talkative tailender pulled a six from the fourth ball of the day and top-edged a bouncer to deep backward square to lose his wicket on the following delivery from Siddle at 7-255.

BBC commentator Geoff Boycott said Broad’s dismissal was stupid.

England’s Barmy Army fans fans began the day singing “Who do you think you are kidding Mitchell Johnson”, although they soon switched to Bon Jovi’s “Living on a prayer”.

Harris removed Graeme Swann (six) caught at second slip.

Prior helped England reach 300 for the first time in the series before hooking to deep fine leg and departing caught as Siddle made his fourth key breakthrough of the innings.

Australia’s quicks peppered England’s tail with short balls and Monty Panesar fell to Harris for a duck, ending the match with Jimmy Anderson 13 not out.

England’s second innings has featured a series of verbal clashes and a physical shoulder-bumping incident between Aussie pace bowler Mitchell Johnson and England batsman Ben Stokes.

Australia captain Michael Clarke exchanged words with Prior late on day four and Broad argued with Johnson as the players walked off the field on Sunday.

Johnson’s terrifying pace in England’s first innings, in which he claimed 7-40, is expected to Australia’s trump card in Perth this weekend.

FIFTH DAY SNAPSHOT

SCORE: Australia 9(dec)-570 and 3(dec)-132 beat England 172 and 312

MAN OF THE MOMENT: Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson. He only took one wicket in England’s second innings, but his thunderous 7-40 in the first dig was the game-breaker.

KEY MOMENT: Fifth ball of the final day. Two men on the leg-side fence. Stuart Broad tries to repeat the previous ball, where he hooked a six. But he sends the Peter Siddle delivery straight to Nathan Lyon and is caught. Any hopes of England resistance go with him.

STAT OF THE DAY: 2-0. Australia’s series lead and the only stat that matters.

SUMMARY: Australia travel to Perth for the third Test starting Friday with all players in form and confidence high. England have problems aplenty – not least, if they lose in Perth, they lose the Ashes.

Australia 1st Innings Mins Balls 4s 6s
C ROGERS c Prior b Swann 72 203 167 11 0
D WARNER c Carberry b Broad 29 36 32 4 0
S WATSON c & b Anderson 51 163 119 6 1
M CLARKE c Anderson b Stokes 148 351 245 17 0
S SMITH b Panesar 6 22 17 1 0
G BAILEY c Swann b Broad 53 109 93 4 3
B HADDIN c Prior b Broad 118 277 177 11 5
M JOHNSON c Broad b Swann 5 13 13 1 0
P SIDDLE c Prior b Stokes 2 11 9 0 0
R HARRIS not out 55 66 54 6 2
N LYON not out 17 28 26 1 1
Sundries (8b 1lb 1w 4nb) 14
Nine wickets (dec) for 570
Fall: 34 (Warner), 155 (Watson), 155 (Rogers), 174 (Smith), 257 (Bailey), 457 (Clarke), 474 (Johnson), 483 (Siddle), 529 (Haddin).
Bowling: J Anderson 30-10-85-1 (1nb), S Broad 30-3-98-3 (1w), G Swann 36-4-151-2, M Panesar 44-7-157-1, B Stokes 18-2-70-2 (3nb).
Batting time: 646 mins. Overs: 158.
England 1st Innings Mins Balls 4s 6s
A COOK b Johnson 3 12 11 0 0
M CARBERRY c Warner b Watson 60 203 144 10 0
J ROOT c Rogers b Lyon 15 116 80 1 0
K PIETERSEN c Bailey b Siddle 4 18 12 0 0
I BELL not out 72 162 106 9 4
B STOKES lbw Johnson 1 17 12 0 0
M PRIOR c Haddin b Johnson 0 3 4 0 0
S BROAD b Johnson 0 1 1 0 0
G SWANN c Clarke b Johnson 7 16 7 0 0
J ANDERSON b Johnson 0 1 1 0 0
M PANESAR b Johnson 2 58 35 0 0
Sundries (3lb 2w 3nb) 8
Total 172
Fall: 9 (Cook), 57 (Root), 66 (Pietersen), 111 (Carberry), 117 (Stokes), 117 (Prior), 117 (Broad), 135 (Swann), 135 (Anderson), 172 (Panesar).
Bowling: M Johnson 17.2-8-40-7 (1w 2nb), R Harris 14-8-31-0, N Lyon 20-5-64-1, P Siddle 14-4-34-1 (1w 1nb), S Watson 3-3-0-1.
Batting time: 315 mins. Overs: 68.2.
Australia 2nd Innings Mins Balls 4s 6s
C ROGERS c Prior b Anderson 2 10 10 0 0
D WARNER not out 83 164 117 9 1
S WATSON c Carberry b Anderson 0 2 2 0 0
M CLARKE b Panesar 22 76 51 2 0
S SMITH not out 23 72 54 2 0
Sundries (1b 1lb) 2
Three wickets (dec) for 132
Fall: 4 (Rogers), 4 (Watson), 65 (Clarke).
Bowling: J Anderson 7-1-19-2, S Broad 6-0-19-0, G Swann 9-3-31-0, B Stokes 7-3-20-0, M Panesar 10-0-41-1.
Batting time: 164 mins. Overs: 39.
England 2nd Innings Mins Balls 4s 6s
A COOK c Harris b Johnson 1 7 7 0 0
M CARBERRY c Lyon b Siddle 14 51 39 2 0
J ROOT c Haddin b Lyon 87 268 194 9 0
K PIETERSEN b Siddle 53 150 99 2 3
I BELL c Johnson b Smith 6 27 19 1 0
B STOKES c Clarke b Harris 28 123 90 5 0
M PRIOR c Harris b Siddle 69 154 102 12 0
S BROAD c Lyon b Siddle 29 33 26 3 1
G SWANN c Clarke b Harris 6 31 14 0 0
J ANDERSON not out 13 19 14 2 0
M PANESAR c Rogers b Harris 0 12 7 0 0
Sundries (1lb 4w 1nb) 6
Total 312
Fall: 1 (Cook), 20 (Carberry), 131 (Pietersen), 143 (Bell), 171 (Root), 210 (Stokes), 255 (Broad), 293 (Swann), 301 (Prior), 312 (Panesar).
Bowling: R Harris 19.4-3-54-3 (2w 1nb), M Johnson 24-8-73-1 (2w), P Siddle 19-4-57-4, N Lyon 26-7-78-1, S Watson 6-3-6-0, S Smith 7-0-43-1.
Batting time: 445 mins. Overs: 101.4.
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), Kumar Dharmasena (SRL).
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL).
Third Umpire: Tony Hill (NZL).
Result: Australia won by 218 runs

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