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When is the second Ashes Test? UK start time of Australia vs England, squads, weather and record in Adelaide

Just three days after an absolutely crushing defeat, England will play Australia in the second Ashes test.

Mitchell Starc started his 2021/22 Ashes series in an astoundingly heroic fashion taking the wicket of Rory Burns on the very opening ball.

England were subsequently all out for a measly 147 with Jos Buttler high scoring for his nation on 39. He and Ollie Pope provided the tiniest element of hope as they produced a 50-run partnership, but this was soon torn down as Pat Cummins, on his debut as Test captain, took a magnificent 5-38.

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Out came Australia and David Warner was fiercely desperate to silence the critics of 2019. After a wicket on a no-ball from Ben Stokes, a dropped catch and fumbled run-out opportunity, the Australian opening batter made 94 runs.

Marnus Labuschagne started his series off well as he made 74 before falling to Jack Leach. The Australian story was far from over however as Travis Head came on to the pitch and showed his critics just how serious he was about his place in the squad. Head scored 152 off just 148 balls and Australia’s final total was 425.

England looked doomed until Dawid Malan and Joe Root steadied the ship briefly by putting on a century partnership, both scoring over 80. This was soon dismantled the following morning and another batting collapse meant England struggled their way to 297.

It did not take long for Australia to then score the mere 20 runs necessary to beat their opponents by nine wickets.

The first day/night test of the series will hope to bring some new opportunities for England and, as they will have now had much more match time and preparation, fans will hope that their cricketers can redeem themselves in the upcoming Test.

Here’s all you need to know ahead the second Ashes Test.

When is the second Ashes Test taking place?

Australia will host England once again on Thursday 16 December 2021 and the Test is scheduled to finish on Monday 20 December 2021 if all five days are required.

What time does the Test match start?

Play will begin at 4am GMT and continue through the early hours of the morning until potentially 11.30am GMT.

Where is the second Test being held?

England will travel to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, to play at the Adelaide Oval.

Travis Head scored 152 at the Gabba

What is England’s record at the Adelaide Oval?

Out of the 32 matches that England have played in Adelaide, they have won nine of them and drawn five.

Their greatest victory at the ground came in 1892: England beat Australia by an innings and 230 runs.

Their most recent win in Adelaide was in 2010 when England beat their rivals by an innings and 71 runs.

Fast bowler, James Anderson, is the second highest non-Australian wicket taker at the ground and has taken 16 wickets there. He has an average of 29.50 runs at the ground.

Ricky Ponting is the highest run scorer at the South Australian ground scoring 1,743 runs in 31 innings. Australian cricket legend Shane Warne is the highest wicket taker with 56 wickets to his name in 26 innings.

How to watch the second Ashes Test match

BT Sport have the rights for all of the Ashes Test matches. Go to our How to watch the Ashes article to find out more.

What is the weather for the second test match in Adelaide?

Thursday 16 December - Saturday 18 December and Monday 20 December all show bright sunshine all day.

Temperatures will be at their highest on Friday 17 December with highs of 38℃ expected. The other four days will likely be temperatures in the late 20s.

What is the team news?

England: Joe Root (c) , James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

Australia: Pat Cummins (c) , Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.

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