EM – England lose Hameed, Australia need nine wickets to win

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Cricket – Ashes – Second Test – Australia – England – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia – December 19, 2021 Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne REUTERS / Morgan Sette

ADELAIDE: Australia set England an unlikely victory goal of 468, removing the Opening player Haseeb Hameed early to start his triumphal march in the second day-night ashes test at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

England were 20-1 in the tea break on day four of the competition, while Australia were prepared to to take a 2-0 lead in the five-game test.

Rory Burns was on 16 at break, while Dawid Malan was on 4 and England was 448 behind the goal.

Marnus Labuschagne followed before his first innings century with a fifty, while Travis Head also made 51 when Australia declared their second innings 230-9 half an hour before the tea break.

England claimed three wickets in the first session, but Labuschagne and Head calmed everyone e nerves in the Australian camp before assistant captain Steve Smith declared the innings.

West Indies hold the record for the most successful chase in the fourth innings of 418, which was scored against Australia in 2003.

England’s most successful Ashes pursuit Took place in Leeds two years ago when they overpowered the 359-run target courtesy of Ben Stokes’ heroics at the last breath.

It took 12 balls for an English wicket to fall and Jhye Richardson removed Haseeb Hameed, who was trapped behind him to score a duck.

Mitchell Starc was treated for a back injury he sustained while hitting, but showed no adverse effects.

Ben Stokes temporarily took over the English captaincy as Joe Root had a hospital scan after being hit in the abdomen while warming up on Sunday. Root was later passed as fit to play.

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