Australia Beat England At Old Trafford To Retain The Ashes
Australia have beaten a resilient England by 185 runs on the final day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford to retain the Ashes.
England started the day at 18-2 after losing two quick wickets in the fourth day of the Test and faced a tough prospect of needing 365 to claim victory over Australia.
But England were unable to bat for over 90 overs on the final day and hold out for a draw.
Joe Denly was England's highest scorer
of the second innings after he put up 53, but his side were unable to mount a
serious challenge against Australia.
World Cup and Ashes hero Ben Stokes was unable to hand England a fighting chance as he was dismissed after scoring a single run.
Australia managed to put on an impressive 497 in the first innings thanks to an inspiring performance from Steve Smith, who scored a superb double century.
England managed to make 301 in the first innings, but Australia were able to put on 186 for 6 in the second innings and setting Joe Root's men a total of 383 to win the Ashes.
England were all out for 197 in the
second innings and handed Australia victory by 185 runs to put them 2-1 up in
Smith, who scored 82 in the second innings, said it was "amazing to know the urn is coming home."
The 30-year-old Australian cricketer told Sky Sports: "I've been here a few times when things haven't gone our way.
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"This was always one to tick off my bucket list. It's extremely satisfying.
"We thought we would get our eight chances. I thought [Craig] Overton was exceptional but fortunately the boys got the job done.
"I am incredibly proud of how I have performed and what I have helped the team achieve."
Australia captain Tim Paine told TMS: "I didn't think it would be this emotional.
"The amount of work that's tried to go on in to retain the Ashes has been enormous and I'm really proud of this group and how we bounced back from Headingley.
"The atmosphere, I was just saying to the guys, at every ground has been unbelievable.
"The noise they make here and the passion they have for cricket makes this moment all the more special.
"We're thrilled. This is what we came here to do, to take the Ashes home.
"We'll have a bloody good night tonight together and celebrate but we'll be back on deck next week. We want to win the Ashes 3-1."
The final Test of the Ashes will be played next Thursday at The Oval.
Our Aussies come out on top in another gripping #Ashes contest! The urn has been retained, but a series win remains up for grabs at The Oval! #CmonAussie pic.twitter.com/XL9uP4xybV
- Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) September 8, 2019
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