Australia, on Sunday, beat England by 185 runs in the fourth Test to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. Chasing 383, England were all out for 197. With the win, Australia also retained the Ashes as they had won the previous edition at home. This will be the first time Australia will leave the English shores without losing the Ashes since 2001.
As tension escalated, England’s ninth-wicket pair Craig Overton and Jack Leach survived for 14 overs to revive their team’s slim hopes. The partisan crowd in Manchester was getting noisy as they started to hope for another miracle. However, it all ended when Leach turned the leg-spin of Marnus Labuschagne to short leg.
Minutes later, Overton was lbw to Josh Hazlewood with 13.3 of the day’s 98 overs remaining as Australia players started celebrating wildly. England began the day on a precarious 18 for 2 and needed to bat out of their skin. England did manage to show some defiance but lost wickets at regular intervals which did not help their cause.
Joe Denly made 53, while Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler showed defiance but could not stay for long. Towards the end, Overton played more than 100 balls but he only managed to delay the inevitable. For Australia, Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowler, having picked up 4 for 43.]
England will now be desperate to get to winning ways in the final Test. The hosts must now win the final Test if they are to avoid suffering their first home series defeat against any side since 2014. The win has also helped Australia gain 24 points in the ICC World Test Championship. Both England and Australia were level at 32 points before the fourth Test started.
Australia are now fourth with 56 points while England are fifth with 32 points. India continue to be on the top with 120 points followed by New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Here is the points table of ICC World Test Championship: