Ashes 2019: Australia retain Ashes with thrilling win over England

Watch the second Australia retain the Ashes
Men’s Ashes: England v Australia, fourth Specsavers Test (day 5 of 5)
Australia 497-Eight dec (Smith 211) & 186-6 dec (Smith 82)
England 301 (Burns 81, Root 71) & 197 (Cummins 4-43)
Australia gained by 185 runs & retain Ashes

Australia lastly broke England’s courageous resistance to retain the Ashes with a 185-run victory within the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

Amid unimaginable stress on the fifth night, England ninth-wicket pair Craig Overton and Jack Leach survived for 14 overs in opposition to the second new ball.

But after Leach turned the leg-spin of Marnus Labuschagne to quick leg, Overton was lbw to Josh Hazlewood to provide Australia victory with 13.three of the day’s 98 overs remaining.

England started on 18-2 chasing a notional 383, however extra realistically trying to bat by means of the day and arrange a sequence decider at The Oval.

Joe Denly made 53, whereas Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler confirmed defiance and the big-hearted Overton spent 105 balls on the crease.

But the relentless Australia assault was merely an excessive amount of to carry again as tempo bowler Pat Cummins ended with 4-43.

It means Australia will depart the UK with the urn for the primary time since 2001, whereas England won’t add the Ashes to the World Cup they gained in July.

England should now win the ultimate Test if they’re to keep away from struggling their first residence sequence defeat in opposition to any aspect since 2014.

The fifth Test – coach Trevor Bayliss’ ultimate sport in cost – begins on Thursday.

Leach fends off ‘brutal’ Cummins supply after which cleans his glasses

England battle in useless

Despite the outcome, England can’t be accused of a scarcity of struggle of their bid to comply with up the World Cup ultimate and their third-Test win with yet one more outstanding Sunday.

Denly’s ahead defence to the primary ball of the day was cheered by a crowd that was prepared England to hold on, and the Kent batsman got here by means of a lot of scares to register his second half-century in as many matches.

Roy performed inside himself for 31 from 67 balls, solely to be bowled by Cummins, who had Ben Stokes caught behind for one. Denly punched off-spinner Lyon to quick leg after lunch, but England had loads extra defiance left.

Buttler used up 14 overs with Bairstow and 21 with Overton, with whom he was roared again after tea. Although Buttler’s 111-ball vigil was over when he performed no shot to Hazlewood’s fantastic inswinger, even that was not the tip.

Buttler bowled by Hazlewood for 34

Leach joined Overton to face the second new ball. Every defensive stroke, each time Leach stopped to wash his glasses, each event {that a} new pair of gloves appeared from the dressing room was greeted with delight by a crowd louder than at any level within the match.

When Leach was caught by Matthew Wade, it ended a 51-ball keep and punctured the ambiance.

Two overs later, Overton, who had earlier overturned being given out lbw to Cummins, was pinned by a Hazlewood inswinger and, this time, the evaluation couldn’t save him.

Cummins bowls Roy with a ‘lovely’ supply

Bowlers take Australia to the Ashes

Cummins eliminated Rory Burns and captain Joe Root in successive balls on the fourth night and it was the world’s primary bowler who once more led the Australia assault on Sunday.

Along with Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, the quick bowlers incessantly examined England’s endurance with accuracy, method with motion, and mettle with hostility.

Often they rotated on the reverse finish to off-spinner Lyon, who struggled to offer a continuing menace, however did at the very least account for Denly with bounce and, later, Jofra Archer with one which scuttled.

In between, left-armer Starc acquired one to nip again and entice Bairstow leg earlier than and, when the ball was required altering after 58 overs, the substitute swung prodigiously, permitting Hazlewood to supply the wonder that accounted for Buttler.

Only in opposition to the stoic pairing of Overton and Leach did the quick males begin to present indicators of tiredness.

Australia turned to Labuschagne, who wanted solely 5 balls to ship, then, as they gathered to observe the Overton evaluation, the ensuing resolution sparked wild celebrations.

‘What a blow that’s for England’ – Stokes walks after skinny inside edge

Smith cures Australia journey illness

For the previous 18 years, just one touring workforce – England in 2010-11 – have ended a sequence with the Ashes. That this Australia aspect have ended their very own drought is a formidable turnaround from the turmoil of the ball-tampering scandal 18 months in the past.

That controversy has led to them being taunted by the house crowds all through this sequence, none extra so than former captain Steve Smith.

He responded with 671 runs in solely 5 innings and has been backed up by some excellent tempo bowling by Cummins and Hazlewood.

Australia would have secured the urn within the third Test had Stokes not performed one of many all-time nice innings to provide England a one-wicket win.

England can level to the rain that denied them victory within the second Test at Lord’s and the calf damage that hit James Anderson on the primary morning of the primary Test and dominated him out for the remainder of the sequence.

But, in a contest of two fragile batting items, the insatiable Smith has been the large distinction and Australia’s bowling has carried a extra fixed menace.