The Ashes, 2019 |4th Test |9/4/2019 Old Trafford, Manchester
That ends the fourth Test coverage at Old Trafford. It is Australia who are 2-1 up. Ashes is theirs, will the series be as well? England will want to say something about that in 4 days' time. Join us on Thursday, 12th September, 2019 at 11 am local (1000 GMT) for all the action from the 5th Test at the Oval. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
STEVEN SMITH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH (Is anyone surprised?) 10 days ago, he was sitting in the dressing room, watching the agony of his side not being able to clinch a win. But here, come Old Trafford, a new dawn has been set.
Ohhh... with the Ashes over (even though the series is not over yet), the interviews keep coming, don't they? Josh Hazlewood trots up now. Hazlewood says it is a fantastic feeling and feels all the bowlers bowled really well. Further adds Cummins is a huge engine and Lyon was good too. States you need to be ready when the skipper calls you on and feels Marnus Labuschagne too contributed with an important wicket of Jack Leach. Tells he is still feeling pretty good now but might be a little sore tomorrow. Mentions another great Test match was visible. Informs his heart was definitely beating fast towards the end but he is pleased they got over the line. Ends by saying they would still be eager to win the series here and would go all out in the last game.
Marnus Labuschagne now comes up for a chat. Labuschagne says it means a lot to bring the urn back to Australia. States it is one of the best series he has played and it is even better since it is won in England. Further adds Test cricket was at its best as wickets came quickly but England's lower order played really well. Says the Brits will always come hard which was visible here. On him being given the ball by Paine and then getting the breakthrough, Marnus states he wanted to trust himself with the ball. Cheekily says that he dragged the previous ball before the wicket one down but then kept telling him to trust himself. Adds he is lost for words at the moment. Ends by saying it was a privilege to play for Australia, the opportunity that came to him, wasn't how he expected it to but he is delighted he did well then.
Time for some interviews. Steven Smith first up. Smith says it feels amazing that the Ashes is coming home now. Further adds he has come here a few times but things never went their way. States winning the Ashes here is one thing which he wanted to tick off his bucket list. Informs the boys were getting a little bit tired out there towards the end. Tells England fought really hard especially Overton, who was really good but fortunately the boys got the job done. Says he feels absolutely delighted with how he has performed in this series especially after what he has gone through.
England then. Playing with one bowler and 10 batsmen. But probably, there is some lack of application and lack of patience as well. They have batted better than Australia but the Aussies have been able to eke out mistakes from the hosts' batsmen. But they have done well in tiring out the Aussie bowlers, the effect of which could be seen in the final Test with not much of a gap. the Ashes cannot be regained but the series is there to be drawn.
Australian bowling. Was Mitchell Starc missed? Did he prove to be the difference? Probably not so much in the second innings. But he was a handful in that first innings with the bat and ball, scoring a half century and taking a 3-fer. Hazlewood and Cummins bowled well tirelessly but they did miss Nathan Lyon. That finger of his is hurting him and he is definitely not the offie we have been used to seeing. Had he been even half of his best, Australia might have even won this with a day to spare.
Where did the game and the urn go away from England then? Probably that second Test where Joe Root overbowled Jofra Archer. The third and fourth Tests have seen him whimper away without much pace and the effect has been seen on the Australian batting and the English bowling. Only Stuart Broad was the most consistent one, picking up wickets without anyone to support him. Steven Smith's 211 got Australia to a position from where they could not lose and England found it too tough to face a rampaging Australia.
There were very few doubts at the start of the final day as to what could happen. Australia were predicted to win and they won. But they had to huff and puff. Roy and Denly hung around for a while but then things started to happen. Wickets started to fall and at one stage, when Bairstow was dismissed in the 54th over, it seemed like the game would be over before Tea, with 51 overs left in the game and 4 wickets left. But we were destined to be a part of another humdinger.
Take a bow, both Australia and England. The Aussies obviously, for winning it but England, wow. Hanging in there. Fighting it out. Keeping Australia at bay. The last 4 wickets added just 59 runs but FACED 230 BALLS. 127 between Buttler and Overton. 84 between Leach and Overton. Given the numbers, Craig might have almost seen his side over the line.
Phew. How do these two teams manage to do it? Nerve-wracker after nerve-wracker after nerve-wracker. First at Lord's. Then at Leeds. Now here at Manchester. Enough to give three heart-attacks!
J Hazlewood to Overton, OUT! Three reds and Overton is a goner! Marvelous scenes out there as AUSTRALIA HAVE RETAINED THE ASHES! Overton's fighting innings comes to an end. It is Josh Hazlewood who gets the last wicket. A good nut. It lands on off and jags back in. Overton looks to defend but misses to get hit on the front pad. A huge appeal. It looked a touch high but up goes the finger. Overton has no choice but to review. He signals the 'T'. Time for the replays. Ultra Edge shows no bat. Time for the Ball Tracker and it shows the ball to be hitting the leg pole. Australia continue to celebrate. THEY WIN BY 185 RUNS AND LEAD THE SERIES 2-1!
Is that the game? Overton has been adjudged LBW. He has taken the review immediately. Hit on the knee roll. Is it a bit too high? Nothing on the Ultra Edge as the ball goes past the bat. Three reds on Ball Tracker. THE ASHES STAY WITH AUSTRALIA!
J Hazlewood to Overton, A short one and on the body, Overton looks to duck again but the ball hits him on the body. That must have hurt but you need to brush it off and continue.
J Hazlewood to Overton, Good length and on middle, this is defended.
END OF OVER 91 | 1 Runs & 0 Wkt | ENG 197/9
Bowling change, again! Just one over for Marnus Labuschagne to break the stand. Hazlewood is on now. His numbers so far, 17-5-31-1.
N Lyon to Broad, Loopy ball on off, this one is pushed to covers. Both the balls are played out.
N Lyon to Broad, Negotiates one! This is just outside off, it is left alone.
N Lyon to Overton, Very short! Overton works it down to fine leg. It is going towards the fence. The fielder from square leg jogs after it. The ball though stops near the fence. The batters take only one. Just the two balls to face for Broad.
N Lyon to Overton, Shorter and outside off, the batter goes back and works it to short leg.
N Lyon to Overton, On middle again, it is kept out.
N Lyon to Overton, On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
END OF OVER 90 | 0 Runs & 1 Wkt | ENG 196/9
Nathan Lyon into the attack! 28-12-50-2, his figures so far.