Australia retain Ashes with thrilling win over England at Old Trafford

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By Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport in Old Trafford
Australia broke England resistance to keep the Ashes.
Amid incredible tension on the evening, England ninth-wicket set Craig Overton and also Jack Leach lived against the new ball.
But after Leach switched the leg-spin of Marnus Labuschagne to short legOverton was lbw to Josh Hazlewood to give Australia victory with 13.3 of the day’s most 98 overs remaining.
England started on 18-2, pursuing 383, but realistically looking to bat throughout the afternoon and set up a series decider at The Oval.
53 was made by joe Denly, while Jonny Bairstow Jason Roy and Jos Buttler revealed defiance as well as the big-hearted Overton invested 105 chunks in the crease.
But the Australia attack was just too much as pace bowler Pat Cummins ended with 4-43 to return.
This means Australia will leave the UK using all the urn for the first time although the Ashes will not be added by England to the World Cup they won in July.
England should win the final Exam if they are supposed to prevent suffering their first home series defeat.
The Test – coach Trevor Bayliss’ match in charge – starts on Thursday.
Despite the result, England can not be accused of too little struggle in their bidding to follow their third-Test win and the World Cup closing remarkable Sunday.
Denly’s forward defence to the day’s first ball was cheered and also the Kent batsman came through a number of scares to register his second.
Roy played out of 67 balls to be bowled by Cummins, who had Ben Stokes. Denly struck off-spinner Lyon to leg following lunch, yet England had a lot defiance left.
Buttler used up 14 overs with Bairstow and 21 together with Overton, along with whom he was roared back after tea. Even though Buttler vigil was over when he played no shot to the wonderful inswinger of Hazlewood that was not the ending.
Leach joined the second new ball to be faced by Overton. A bunch greeted with delight every occasion that a fresh pair of gloves appeared from the dressing room, every defensive stroke, every time Leach ceased to wash his glasses more rapid than at any stage in the game.
After Leach was caught by Matthew Wade, it finished a stay and punctured the atmosphere.
Two overs later, Overton, who had previously overturned being given out lbw to Cummins, had been immobilized with a Hazlewood inswinger andthis time, the review could not save him.
Cummins captain Joe Root in consecutive balls over the evening and eliminated Rory Burns and it was the planet’s number one bowler who again led the Australia assault.
In addition to Mitchell and Hazlewood Starc tested the patience with accuracy, technique with motion, also mettle with desperation of England.
They rotated to off-spinner Lyon, who struggled to provide a threat, but did Jofra Archer at least account for Denly with rebound and, afterwards with one that scuttled at the end.
In between, left-armer Starc got one to nip back and trap Bairstow leg and, the replacement lurks enabling the beauty that consisted for Buttler to be produced by Hazlewood, once the ball needed changing after 58 overs.
Only against the stoic pairing of Overton and Leach failed so the men start to show signs of fatigue.
Australia turned into Labuschagne, who needed five balls to deliver as they gathered to see the Overton review, the subsequent decision sparked celebrations.
With the Ashes, just one flying team – England at 2010-11 – have ended a series for the last 18 decades. That this Australia side have ended their drought is an impressive turnaround from the turmoil of this scandal 18 months ago.
That controversy has contributed to them being calmed by the house audiences throughout this show, none more so than former captain Steve Smith.
He reacted with 671 runs and was backed up with a pace bowling by Cummins and Hazlewood.
Australia would have procured the urn from the third Evaluation had Stokes not played one of those innings to give England a win.
The rain which denied them success in the next Test at Lord’s and the calf injury which mastered him out and hit James Anderson on the morning of their first Test can be pointed to by england.
However, in a competition of two units that are fragile batting, the insatiable Smith has been the difference and a constant danger has been carried by the bowling of Australia.
Analysis and comment by the cricket correspondent of the BBC.

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