Anderson five-for leaves England needing 354

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Tea Australia 8 for 442 dec and 138 (Anderson 5-43, Woakes 4-36) lead England 227 by 353 runs
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England will need their all-time highest successful run-chase to win the second Test at Adelaide Oval, after Australia set them a target of 354. For the first time in his long Test career, James Anderson completed a five-wicket haul in Australia and although England put together their best bowling performance of the series so far, their poor first-innings batting left them well behind in the match.

The highest successful chase in England’s Test history came at the MCG in 1928-29, when Herbert Sutcliffe scored a century in their total of 7 for 332. Should England win this match they will also need the 10th-highest successful chase in Test history. Australia started the day on 4 for 53 and added a further 85 for the loss of their final six wickets, dismissed for 138.

Anderson finished with 5 for 43 and no Australian batsman passed 20. Anderson began by removing Australia’s nightwatchman Nathan Lyon, who chipped a catch to mid-off for 14. He followed by ending the scratchy stay of Peter Handscomb, who continued his struggles in this series and was caught off the edge at third slip for 12 from 42 deliveries. Handscomb’s lack of form is one of the concerns for the Australians despite their strong showing so far in the campaign.

Tim Paine made 11 before he was brilliantly caught by Craig Overton, running in from fine leg and diving to collect the top-edged hook off Chris Woakes. Woakes picked up his fourth wicket when he bowled Shaun Marsh, who was looking to force the scoring rate after grinding his way to 19 from 60 deliveries.

Mitchell Starc made 20, the equal top-score in the innings (along with Usman Khawaja) before he skied a catch off Anderson to give the fast bowler his fifth wicket. The innings was wrapped up when Josh Hazlewood sent a catch to gully off Overton, leaving Pat Cummins not out on 11. The tea break was taken at the end of the Australia innings.

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