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Ashes 2021-22: Australia need four wickets to claim victory in second Test at Adelaide Oval

Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon have claimed early wickets on day five, as Australia looks to secure a 2-0 series lead in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval.

The pace ace claimed the wicket of Ollie Pope (4) in the first full over of his spell, after opening the bowling with the remaining four deliveries following the scalp of Joe Root late on day four.

The crucial wicket of Root (24) fell with the final ball of play on Sunday night thanks to a Starc delivery that the England captain edged to wicketkeeper Alex Carey.

It was similar scences this morning as Pope edged the ball to skipper Steve Smith at second slip to record Starc’s sixth scalp of the match to leave the Poms reeling with just five wickets remaining.

Ben Stokes was the hero of Headingley but his cape got caught as he tried to bat out day five, being trapped LBW by Lyon – who successfully reviewed the decision.

After resuming the fifth day for 4-82, England lost two wickets in the first session while adding 60 runs to the scoreboard in pursuit of 468.

Smith tossed Marnus Labuschagne into the attack to try and break a frustrating 37-run 7th-wicket partnership off of 106 balls, but Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes managed to bat through to the dinner break unscathed.

Australia will be confident of taking the remaining four wickets, with the new pink ball able to be taken six overs after play resumes at Adelaide Oval.

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