Hazlewood, Starc help Aussies storm to 2-0 series lead

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyADELAIDE, Australia (Reuters) – Josh Hazlewood snuffed out England’s hopes of a remarkable second Ashes Test triumph with two wickets in the first 16 balls of the final day as Australia wrapped up a 120-run victory in brilliant sunshine at Adelaide Oval yesterday.England, with six wickets in hand, needed 178 runs to win the maiden day-night Ashes Test and level the series at 1-1 but fell well short of their victory target and will head to Perth 2-0 down with three matches to play.Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc mopped up the tail with the new pink ball to take five for 88, his eighth five-wicket haul in Tests, but Hazlewood shared the plaudits after his key early intervention.The paceman delivered a hefty blow when he removed Chris Woakes with the second ball of the day and two overs later landed a knockout punch when he had Joe Root caught behind before the England captain could add to his overnight 67.“If I‘m being honest, I was a little nervous last night,” said Australia captain Steve Smith.“So it was very pleasing that Josh was able to come out and do what he did this morning and obviously to get the wicket of Root really put us in a good position and I was able to breathe a little more easily.”Root’s innings was always going to be crucial to his team’s chances of chasing down a record 354 at Adelaide Oval and although the innings limped on into a second hour, the hope raised among the English on Tuesday was gone.The dismissal of Woakes had an element of fortune in that the feather the nightwatchman got on the ball was picked up by snicko but not the hotspot when it was referred.Root, however, walked after he got late to a good length delivery from Hazlewood and the ball nicked off his bat into the welcoming gloves of Tim Paine.Moeen Ali, who made two off 20 balls, used up England’s last DRS referral when he attempted a sweep off Nathan Lyon, with the ball-tracking only confirming the umpire’s lbw decision.Starc then got to work with the new ball and Craig Overton (7) departed plumb lbw from the first delivery with it, Stuart Broad following not so long afterwards.Jonny Bairstow, England’s last recognisable batsman, had stood tall for 36 in difficult circumstances but edged another Starc fizzer onto his middle stump and the tourists were all out for 233.”Obviously very disappointing,“ said Root. ”I don’t think we did ourselves justice today.“But we’re still massively in the series. We showed that from the way we played yesterday.”Smith had been relying on his bowlers to save his embarrassment after he failed to enforce the follow-on and England’s bowlers got them back into the game.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 442 for 8 decl. (S. Marsh 126 n.o, T. Paine 57, U. Khawaja 53) ENGLAND 1st innings 227 (N. Lyon 4-60) AUSTRALIA 2nd innings 138 (J. Anderson 5-43, C. Woakes 4-36) ENGLAND 2nd innings (o/n 176-4; Target: 354 runs)A. Cook lbw b Lyon 16M. Stoneman c Khawaja b Starc 36J. Vince c Handscomb b Starc 15J. Root c Paine b Hazlewood 67D. Malan b Cummins 29C. Woakes c Paine b Hazlewood 5M. Ali lbw b Lyon 2J. Bairstow b Starc 36C. Overton lbw b Starc 7S. Broad c Paine b Starc 8J. Anderson not out 0Extras: (b-7, lb-5) 12Total: (all out, 84.2 overs) 233Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-54, 3-91, 4-169, 5-176, 6-177, 7-188, 8-206, 9-224.Bowling: M. Starc 19.2-3-88-5, J. Hazlewood 20-7-49-2, P. Cummins 20-6-39–1, N. Lyon 25-6-45-2.last_img read more

Men’s soccer shuts down MU Golden Eagles 2-0

first_imgDefenseman Eric Conklin scored the Badgers\’ first goal in the soccer team\’s 2-0 win over Marquette.[/media-credit]In a strong defensive matchup, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team defeated in-state rival Marquette 2-0 at the McClimon Soccer Complex Wednesday.Both teams entered the game coming off impressive wins over ranked teams, but it was Wisconsin that was able to walk away with the victory and shutout.The Badgers took command of the game right away, controlling the ball and keeping the Golden Eagles’ defense busy. While the Badgers kept up the pace and created a few scoring situations, the game soon became nothing but defense. During the first half, neither team managed to get the ball in the goal.Marquette came out strong in the second half. The pace of the game fell under control of the Golden Eagles, but the Badgers defense continued to do its job. While Marquette had six corner kicks overall, Wisconsin did not allow the Golden Eagles to score.The pace of the game shifted back into the Badgers’ control with defenseman Eric Conklin scoring the game’s first goal in the 69th minute.“My job is to seal the play, and I kind of anticipated the ball popping out,” Conklin said of his goal. “I think it skimmed someone’s head. So I brought it down, first touch, and started dribbling towards the goal, looking for guys that were open. The other team’s defenders let me dribble the all the way through and then I passed it to the far post. It felt great. I had a goal against Northwestern, but scoring a point in front of the home crowd is even better.”Again the game became nothing but a defensive brawl, but Wisconsin finally had another chance to score and took advantage. Midfielder Jon Rzepka scored his first goal ever in the 85th minute of the game off an assist from forward Scott Lorenz, giving the Badgers a 2-0 lead and all but securing the win.For Rzepka, the goal had a special meaning in addition to his first career score.“I started at the back post, top of the 18 and there was a guy on me, but I shook him off so I was free,” Rzepka said. “[Lorenz] played a great ball at the top, and I just had to get my foot out. It felt amazing because it was my first goal ever. So I’m going to dedicate it to my grandma.”Rzepka’s goal was not the only first of the game.Goalkeeper Ryan Vint made his first ever start and was able to shut out the Golden Eagles. Due to an injury, starting goalkeeper Alex Horwath suffered in the game against Northwestern, it was not decided until half an hour before the game who would get the start.“[Horwath] was a game-time decision and usually he can play through stuff,” Vint said. “I just came ready. I was mentally ready and I was physically ready to back him up.”Vint finally got his turn to show what he could do..“It felt great, just getting out there and getting the first one under your belt is always good,” Vint said. “I was a little nervous to be honest, but you know you just got to settle down and take a deep breath and just go out and play the game.”Although he was in goal, Vint does not take all the credit for shutout. He lauded the defensive effort that allowed only nine shots. Vint only had to make one save in the shutout.“Our defense played awesome. I owe the shutout to the defense,” Vint added. “I didn’t have to face too many shots and I owe it to them.”Coming off a win Sunday against No. 16 Northwestern, Wisconsin gained a lot of confidence, but head coach Todd Yeagley did not want to underestimate Marquette, which also obtained a win against Georgetown.Overall, Yeagley was pleased with his team’s performance.“I think we feel like we are working on and improving on different areas of the game. … On both sides of the ball we’re working on a lot of reps in the attacking third, trying to get guys sharper on the goal,” Yeagley said. “The organization, I thought, from the first whistle was good defensively. We limited their quality of chances.”Yeagley was also looking to control the pace of the game, which, overall, the Badgers succeeded in doing.“We wanted to be the aggressor and push the game and keep the speed and flow going,” Yeagley said. “I think [Marquette] looked to slow it down. In the second half I think Marquette started to get a little rhythm, but good teams will do that. Teams will have stretches, but we have to be organized and fight through it and get back to being the aggressor and we did that. I think we could have walked away with several more goals and that’s a good thing. We’re still creating some very dangerous opportunities.”As far as getting the shutout, Vint could not have put it better himself.“It felt awesome,” Vint said. “There’s nothing better than that. Having the team get a win is perfect.”last_img read more