Australia retained the Ashes urn after beating England by 185 runs in the fourth Test at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Steve Smith once again made the difference between the two sides scoring a double century and backing it up with a fifty. The host tried every possible way to keep the Aussies away from scoring runs which compelled Jofra Archer stopping Matthew Wade from taking a run.

Meanwhile, England’s poor run continued throughout the series as they failed to regain the urn in their country for the first time since 2001. It has been the old story as their batters failed to rise up to the occasions and put runs on the board. Moreover, the bowlers also didn’t have an answer to Steve Smith’s brilliance.

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England managed to post 301 runs in reply to Australia’s 497 for eight before declaring their first innings. The visitors capitalised on the lead and added another 186 runs to post a daunting task ahead of the home side.

Australia. (Credits: Twitter)

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During Australia’s second innings, Smith and Matthew Wade had combined to put on 105-runs stand for the fifth wicket to post a massive total. England bowler looked frustrated in search of wickets during that partnership. England pacer Jofra Archer even tried to stop Wade from taking a run in search of a wicket.

Wade who edged a ball, tried to take a second run, but Jofra Archer stood in the middle and refused to move aside. The southpaw then had to take a longer route and also in the process he tried to avoid colliding with the Barbados-born pacer. After failing to regain the urn, the host will hope to revive their pride in the final Test starting from September 12.

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Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making a living watching and working around his favorite sport.