After drawing at Headingley, Australian have proven what they’re capable of doing in the fourth Test at Old Trafford. They have retained the Ashes with a 185-victory run over England. They now have a 2-1 series lead which means the urn belongs to them. Even with a defeat in the fifth Test next week at the Oval, they will still be the winners.
Pat Cummins took a 4-43 off his 24 overs to confirm his world status as the premier fast bowler. Joe Denly and Jason Roy resisted England on the fifth day and scored 53 and 31 in that order. Later Roy was dismissed despite his effort, and wickets fell at regular intervals, Jonny Bairstow scored 25 and Jos Buttler 34.
There was a standoff between Overton and Jack Leach that frustrated Aussies, but Hazlewood struck to end the match finally. He trapped Craig Overton LBW for 21 in that last wicket.
Steve Smith also proved damaging to England side with the bat; he scored 211 in the first innings after which the part-time off-spin of Joe Root eliminated him. Australia leads 497-8 while England managed 301 in all reply.
In the second dig. The visitors posted 186-6 and left England with over a day to bat. The worst happened last night when Rory Burns and Joe Root fell in the first over, and now England knows they won’t recover the urn.