Fight England However, the Ashes Kept by Australia – That the Primary Things in the final day of the fourth Test…
The Ashes have been retained by australia after beating England by 185 runs at Old Trafford to end the hosts’ hopes of a historical summer writes David Ruse.
SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENED
Tim Paine’s side proceeded 2-1 up with a single match to play following bowling England out for 197 on the last afternoon of the fourth Test – but had been held by Craig Overton (21) along with also Jack Leach (12), that delayed Australia for more than one hour in the day before they claimed the ninth wicket.
Pat Cummins ripped 4-43, including Headingley hero Ben Stokes for one, to take his tally of wickets in the show to 24, while Josh Hazlewood (2-31) snared the final scalp of Overton using 13.3 overs left in the day.
Australia will now turn into the first touring team to leave England using the Ashes because Steve Waugh’s 2001 side, having lost away chain in 2005 and 2009 under Ricky Ponting and in 2013 and 2015 under Michael Clarke while trying to retain or recover the urn.
The one was when the irrepressible Hazlewood trapped Overton lbw – that the England guy reviewing in before viewing the decision hope that anticipation remain and Ashes winners were affirmed as by Australia. The hosts retreated the results more than anybody anticipated – Buttler’s wicket, bowled leaving a Hazlewood delivery which curled in, seemed a death-knell as England slipped to 172-7 however Overton and Leach gave the Baggy Greens an almighty scare before the vacationers closed a 185-run triumph.
The brand new ball. Leach and Overton coped with it whenever the fresh one was unfurled although australia had eliminated Jofra and Buttler Archer to move to the verge of success. Their stand spanned 14 overs throughout fresh and the ball and only ended when Paine called part-time spinner Marnus Labuschagne to the attack, with Leach clipping to short leg. The match was less than two hours afterwards.
Joe Root:”I thought we showed great character and, belief in that which we wanted to achieve and I couldn’t be pleased with this effort the guys put in. It turned out to be a performance that is resilient and it was not enough. Like last week we constantly thought and we try our hardest till the ending. When you’re in this position, you understand a whole lot about your team, it shows the personality. Everybody stood up and performed bravely.”
Steve Smith:”It feels amazing to be aware of the urn is coming home. I’ve been here several times and we have not performed to the best of their ability in 2013 and 2015. To acquire the urn over this was something I wanted to tick off my bucket record, there is just another game left and we’d love to win the Ashes blatant but to know it’s coming house is very satisfying.”
Tim Paine:”Smith is the best player I’ve ever seen. His double century in the first innings was phenomenal but [at the next innings] to venture out there under pressure and not just live but also push the game forward and put England – which takes more than just ability. That requires a person who understands the game very well and who has a great deal of guts to take teams on when the heat is around.”
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