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Australia retained Ashes with a thrilling win in the fourth Test



Australia retained Ashes with a thrilling win in the fourth Test

Australia retained the Ashes after beating England by 185 runs in the final session of the fourth test Old Trafford on Sunday. Josh Hazlewood struck the final blow as Australia beat battling England by 185 runs.

England is hoping for a repeat of Headingly, Where Ben Stokes dragged them from the jaws of defeat to a stunning victory, in the ongoing 4th Test at Old Trafford.

Tim Paine told the BBC, We have retained it, we have not won it, We will have a bloody good night. The fifth and final test cricket’s oldest regular international series starts Thursday at The Oval.

Australia star Steve Smith was player of the match and the major difference between the two teams with a score of 211 and 82. Australia declared its first innings at 497-8 and it second at 186-6.

England resumed on Sunday in deep trouble on 18-2 and needing a highly improbable 383 to win. The outstanding Pat Cummins (4/43) removed Jason Roy and Headingly hero Ben Stokes before the lunch. But England had hope of saving the match when they were six wickets down at tea, with J Denly (53) one of only two men to depart in the afternoon session.

England’s skipper, Joe Root said that bitterly disappointed after England slipped to defeat in the fourth Test against Australia on Sunday despite a defiant effort to keep their Ashes dream alive.

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He added, I thought the way we fought today, the character we showed, every single one of them can be proud of that today. To come close to talking it to Oval is hard to take. We have still got to look forward and make sure we level the series.

I think It’s been a good Test wicket, an important toss to win, and we were not quite at our best in the first innings. We fought hard and bravely throughout the game, but we are in the position we are now.

Source: Joe Root says Test defeat at Manchester ‘hard to take’ as Australia retain Ashes

Source-2: OutLookIndia

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