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Ashes 2021-22: Jhye Richardson ends 1050-day Test wicket drought to knock over England’s openers on day four

WA’s Jhye Richardson ended a 1050-day Test wicket drought and knocked over England’s openers as Australia went a step closer to a 2-0 Ashes lead in Adelaide.

Australia need six more wickets to win the pink-ball Test as England, resuming on 4-82 after Mitchell Starc got the prized scalp of captain Joe Root final ball, chase a record fourth-innings target of 468.

After stand-in skipper Steve Smith declared Australia’s second dig on 9-230 to give his bowlers four-and-a-bit sessions to get the job done, Richardson provided the perfect start by dismissing Haseeb Hameed for a six-ball duck and followed it up with Rory Burns’ scalp for 34.

With new ball in hand, the whippy right-armer capped off a wicket-maiden with a brute of a delivery which caught Hameed’s glove on the way to ‘keeper Alex Carey’s safe hands.

Richardson then broke a frustrating third-wicket stand between Burns, who produced the most significant knock of his tough series, and Root on his way to figures of 2-17 from eight overs.

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