ENGLAND captain Andrew Flintoff was left to rue the "bad hour" which prompted England's spectacular collapse and a six-wicket second-Test defeat to Australia in Adelaide today.
Resuming the final day 97 runs ahead on 59-1, England were blown away for 129 with Shane Warne (pictured) claiming four for 49 to wreck their hopes.
Australia sealed victory by reaching 168-4 with 19 balls remaining to take a 2-0 lead in the series and effectively end England's hopes of retaining the Ashes as no side in the 123-year history of the competition has ever come back to level the series after going two behind.
"We played some good cricket through the Test match but it shows it can cost you if you have a bad hour - you're out of the Test match. That's what happened today," said Flintoff.
"The plan was just to go out there and play as we can do but Shane Warne and Brett Lee were fantastic in the morning and put us under the pump a little bit.
"I was pleased with the side we went into the Test match with and apart from today we did well. Just that hour today cost us.
"We're not in a great mood at the moment, at 2-0 down it is an even tougher task than last time. But we've got to bounce back and get ourselves right mentally and physically for the next Test in a week's time."