Australia, on Sunday, beat England by 185 runs in the fourth Ashes Test to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Chasing an improbable 383, England were all out for 197. With the win, Australia also retained the Ashes for the first time since 2002-03. This will also be the first time, Australia will head home without losing the Ashes since 2001. Prior to the ongoing series, Australia had lost four series in England.

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The writing was very much on the wall for England after they lost two wickets for 0 in the very first over on the fourth evening. Jason Roy and Joe Denly did start the final day on a positive note but could not hold out for long. Pat Cummins castled Roy with a beauty before accounting for the dangerous Ben Stokes to leave England reeling at 77 for 4.

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Denly went on to complete his fifty but departed shortly after as England were reduced to 93 for 5 soon after the lunch. Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler then provided some resistance to keep Australia at bay. But just when it looked the two would frustrate Australia more, Mitchell Starc struck to remove Bairstow.

England walked into the tea break with four wickets in hand. With Buttler looking good and Craig Overton providing good support, the game was heading towards an exciting finish. But in the sixth over after tea, Josh Hazlewood bowled Buttler to all but seal England’s fate. In the very next over, Nathan Lyon accounted for Jofra Archer to further brighten up his team’s chances.

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It was looking all too easy for Australia before Overton and Jack Leach decided to frustrate them. The two batted for more than ten overs, keeping all the mainline bowlers at bay. With nothing working out, Tim Paine handed the ball to Marnus Labuschagne and the move turned out to be a masterstroke. In his very first over, he dismissed Leach before Hazlewood sent back Oveton to spark wild celebration.

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