Manchester: Australia retained the Ashes after beating England by 185 runs in the final session of the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Josh Hazlewood claimed the winning wicket, trapping Craig Overton leg before wicket, as Australia dismissed England's second innings for 197 deep into the evening session to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
As the holder, Australia only needs to draw the series to keep cricket's famous urn. "We've retained it, we haven't won it," Australia captain Tim Paine told the BBC. He added: "We'll have a bloody good night together."
The fifth and final Test in cricket's oldest regular international series starts 12 September at The Oval. England resumed Day 5 on 18-2, went to lunch on 87-4 and tea on 166-6. Jack Leach, who scored a 51-ball 12, batted for an hour with England fans hoping for a repeat of his third Test heroics, or even bad light.
Australia held on to the Ashes in England for the first time in 18 years. It had thrashed England by 251 runs in the opening Test at Edgbaston. The second Test at Lord's was drawn before England won at Headingley by one wicket to level the series 1-1.
As Australia won the fourth Test, a slew of reactions and congratulatory messages poured in from Twitter.
Steve Smith has been magnificent, super-human almost, but don't forget the bowlers that take the wickets. Pat Cummins has been excellent throughout and Josh Hazlewood is always good.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 8, 2019
From obscurity to eternal fame, what a ride it is turning out to be for Tim Paine! — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 8, 2019
More series like this and it can surely be argued that the @ICC test championship will soon become the most prized trophy in cricket.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 8, 2019
What an effort by England today .. Great fight .. But well done Australia on retaining the #Ashes .. no point in pretending but they have been the better team .. better in all departments .. — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 8, 2019
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 8, 2019
With inputs from The Associated Press
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Cummins on Monday won lots of hearts when he announced a USD 50,000 donation towards the PM CARES Fund for oxygen supplies in India's hospitals ravaged by a deadly second wave of the pandemic.
As many as 14 Australian players along with some coaches and commentators were in India to participate in the IPL, from which three players of the country had pulled out owing to the unprecedented COVID-19 surge.
"It's two different worlds. We're lucky, we're safe, we're comfortable and there're people just trying to get basic medical treatment," Cummins said.