Australia take series lead

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England's James Anderson is hit by the ball during the fifth day of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia in Adelaide. Picture: James Elsby

Adelaide -

Australia wrapped up a comprehensive 218-run victory over England on Monday to take a potentially decisive 2-0 series lead as they seek to recapture the Ashes from their fierce rivals.

The home claimed the four remaining wickets on the final morning in Adelaide and are now just one win away from winning the famous urn after three consecutive series defeats.

It was a second emphatic defeat for England after they lost the first Test in Brisbane by 381 runs and the tourists must regroup before the third Test, which starts in Perth on Friday. England have only won once in 12 Tests on the traditionally pacy WACA pitch.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior showed defiance with a blazing 69 off 102 balls, before he became the ninth batsman to go.

Peter Siddle finished the best of Australia's bowlers with four for 57.

Stuart Broad fell to the fifth ball of the final day after losing his battle of wills with Siddle.

Broad defiantly pulled Siddle's fourth ball for six and then repeated the shot on the next ball only to find Nathan Lyon at deep square leg and fell for 29.

England's Barmy Army supporters on the hill under the scoreboard attempted to get under Mitchell Johnson's skin, but the paceman, named man of the match, ignored them and instead peppered Prior with a couple of short-pitched deliveries.

Prior saw off Johnson and was looking to reprise his fighting unbeaten 110 off 182 balls to bat England to a draw in the third Test against New Zealand in Auckland in March.

The wicketkeeper reached his 27th Test half-century off 88 balls with a pulled shot to the boundary off Siddle and he was severe with Johnson.

Graeme Swann was caught at second slip off Ryan Harris for six with the England spinner swinging his bat angrily at the stumps for playing at a ball he should have let go.

Prior's resistance ended when he fell hooking Siddle to Lyon on the boundary rope.

Monty Panesar was the last England wicket to fall, hitting to Chris Rogers at short extra cover to give Harris his third scalp of the innings. - Sapa-AFP


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