Australia won the fourth Ashes Test match at Old Trafford by a big margin of 185 runs. Craig Overton and the rest of England’s lower order gave some headache to the visitors but could not keep them away from retaining the Ashes. The visitors now lead the five-match series 2-1 with one final match yet to be played.
Australia has retained the Ashes on English soil after a gap of 18 years as they had last won in 2001. It was a great effort from the Tim Paine-led side as they were able to tick the right boxes.
Australia has been the better side.
England was 18-2 overnight and Pat Cummins once again provided a great start to the day for the tourists as he picked up two more wickets. Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers as he scalped four wickets whereas Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon scalped two wickets apiece.
Mitchell Starc and Marnus Labuschagne took one wicket each. In fact, Marnus Labuschagne took the crucial wicket of Jack Leach when the partnership between the southpaw and Craig Overton started to give Australia something to think about.
Tim Paine brought the leg-spinner into action and he was able to make the most of the rough area. Josh Hazlewood was able to nail the final blow as he plumbed Craig Overton in front of the wickets. Overton showed great resistance with the bat as he batted for more than three hours but could not save his team from going 2-1 down in the series.
On the other hand, former Australian skipper Steven Smith was the pick of the batsman as he scored a sublime double century in the first innings. The talismanic batsman also backed it up with another knock of 82 runs in the second dig. Thus, Smith has made a roaring comeback into the red-ball format.
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Here is how Twitter reacted to Australia’s win:
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) September 8, 2019
Bowlers from both sides have been excellent. But that man Steve Smith, he’s been the difference!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 8, 2019
Wonderful effort from Craig Overton though
— mike selvey (@selvecricket) September 8, 2019
— Chris Rogers (@BuckRogers55) September 8, 2019
Day five third session cricket is almost always full paisa vasool cricket.
— Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal) September 8, 2019
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) September 8, 2019
— Candice Warner (@CandyFalzon) September 8, 2019
Congrats Aussies lads, well played both teams @CricketAus @ECB_cricket . Proud of all of the players and staff . Sing the song bloody loud lads . Enjoy a beer , I will be . 👍🇦🇺 @tdpaine36 and JL and all fans . Hats off #ashes . What a series to watch👍
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) September 8, 2019
What a terrific series it’s been mate ! 2-1 ✔️👍 https://t.co/dbbEN3RXy1
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) September 8, 2019
What an effort by England today .. Great fight .. But well done Australia on retaining the #Ashes .. no point in pretending but they have been the better team .. better in all departments ..
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 8, 2019
This has been a fantastic series so far!!!! https://t.co/aFRNvqBZPc
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) September 8, 2019
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) September 8, 2019
Tim Paine who was contemplating retirement a year back now becomes the first Australian captain to win an Ashes in England since 2001.
Destiny is what we write with our choices. #Ashes
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) September 8, 2019
Well done Australia. Bloody beauty. This test cricket isn’t bad is it?? #retained awesome effort lads. 👊🏼
— John Hastings (@johnhastings194) September 8, 2019
— Alex Tudor (@alextudorcoach) September 8, 2019
Steve Smith has been magnificent, super-human almost, but don't forget the bowlers that take the wickets. Pat Cummins has been excellent throughout and Josh Hazlewood is always good.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 8, 2019