Fight from England but the Ashes retained by Australia – That the Primary Factors from the Last day of the fourth Test…
The Ashes have been retained by australia after beating England to end the hosts’ hopes of a summertime, writes David Ruse.
SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENED
Tim Paine’s side proceeded 2-1 up with one match to play bowling England out for 197 on the final evening of the first Test – but had been held by Craig Overton (21) and Jack Leach (12), who postponed Australia for more than an hour in the evening before they promised that the ninth wicket.
Pat Cummins ripped 4-43, such as Headingley hero Ben Stokes for only one, to take his tally of wickets in the string to 24, while Josh Hazlewood (2-31) snared the last scalp of Overton with 13.3 overs left daily.
Australia will now become the first touring team to depart England with the Ashes since Steve Waugh’s 2001 side, having dropped away chain in 2005 and 2009 under Ricky Ponting and at 2013 and 2015 beneath Michael Clarke while attempting to either retain or recover the urn.
Even the urn-deciding one was when the Hazlewood trapped Overton lbw – that the England man reviewing more in before viewing the decision, hope that expectation remain and Australia confirmed as Ashes winners. The hosts dragged out the results more than anyone anticipated – Buttler’s wicket, bowled departing 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 ahead of the tourists sealed a 185-run triumph.
The ball. Leach and Overton dealt with it whenever the one was unfurled although australia had removed Jofra and Buttler Archer together with the one to proceed to the edge of success. Their ninth-wicket stand spanned 14 overs throughout the old ball and fresh and only ended when Paine termed part-time spinner Marnus Labuschagne to the assault, with Leach duly cutting on to leg. The game was over less than two hours.
Joe Root:”I thought we showed great character and, belief in what we wanted to achieve and that I could not be more proud of this effort that the guys put in. It was a performance and it was not enough. Just like last week we believed and we try our hardest. When you’re in this situation, you learn a whole lot about your group, it reveals the character. Everybody stood up and played .”
Steve Smith:”It seems amazing to be aware of the urn is arriving home. I’ve been here several times where things haven’t quite gone way and we have not performed to the best of their ability in 2013 and 2015. To acquire the urn over here was something I wished to tick off my bucket record, there’s yet just another game left and we’d love to acquire the Ashes blatant but to know it is coming home is extremely satisfying.”
Tim Paine:”Smith is the best player I have ever seen. His double century in the first innings was phenomenal but [at the second innings] to venture out there under pressure and not just live but also push the game and put England under pressure – which requires more than just skill. This requires someone who understands the game very well and with a lot of guts to take teams when the heat is about.”
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