Rain Disappointed England, Australia Retain The Ashes Trophy, after the 4th Ashes Test.

Rain Disappointed England, Australia Retain The Ashes Trophy after the 4th Ashes Test.

The Ashes: Rain Disappointed England, Australia Retain The Ashes Trophy for consecutive 3rd time. 

rain disappointed England.
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     Key Highlights : [ 1 ]  Its Rain…….. Rain…….. Rain…….And…….Rain……on the whole day.

     [ 2 ] Rain disappointed England, as lost hope to lift the trophy.

     [ 3 ] What a sad end to the Test match as England had to settle for a draw.

     [ 4 ]  Australia retained the Ashes with one match left in the series.           

    Rain disappointed England and  What a sad end of the 4th Ashes Test at Manchester Old Trafford on Sunday 23 July 2023, it was the 5th and last day of the match. England had to settle for a draw. England just needed 5 Australian wickets for a win and it could level the series by 2-2 and set up a decider at the Oval in London next week. England could have been expected to stay in the series with this win. There was no play possible on Sunday The final day and the result meant, Australia retained the Ashes with one match left in the series.

     Chris Woakes did a great job with the ball and took 5 Australian wickets in the first inning, then Zak Crawley hammered a brilliant 189 along with Jonny Bairstow’s brilliant unbeaten 99. Joe Root, Harry Brook, and Ben Stokes made vital half-centuries, and England took a strong 275 runs lead over Australia. Mark Wood was terrific with a three-wicket haul in the second Australian innings, but Marnus Labuschagne’s century gave Australia hope with rain around. Now England trailing by 2-1 in the series with only one match left. Rain disappointed England and spoiled, A brilliant performance with the ball and bat by English players, and break the heart of home fans. 


Rain frustrated England
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Skipper Ben Stokes is helpless here he can just watch and wait.
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     “Our preference is to come over here and win the Ashes but it is nice to retain,” Australian captain  Pat Cummins said. “it’s not the best circumstances but the group should be proud of themselves.

     “We wanted to win this time. whatever happened here today it doesn’t really change how we look at the Oval next week.”

     “It is only the last year or two I’ve dreamed of holding the Ashes aloft. We’ve turned motivated and it will be a very special moment at the Oval and even more special if we get a win.”

Lucky skipper Pat Cummins
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     England posted a huge total of 592 runs in their first inning, which is the highest Ashes England scored at home since 1985. In reply to Australia’s 317 runs. 

     Some credit goes to Australia’s batter as well they batted well in their second inning. Marnus Labuschagne’s ton 111 runs rescued Australia. Visitors scored 215/5 in their 2nd inning on the 4th day of the match. Only 30  overs were bowled,  on this rain-affected day. Australia still needed 61 runs to make England bat again or stay at the crease till stumps on day 5 to save the match and that draw will ensure they remain holders of the urn.

     The Manchester weather, however, came to Australia’s aid as not a single ball was bowled in torrential rain, ensuring that England’s eight-year wait for a series win that would wrest the Ashes back from Australia would continue.

     Still Plenty of play for next week at the Oval, especially for Australia, who can secure their first series win on England soil since 2001.

     “It’s a tough one to take,” England skipper Ben Stokes said.” Playing the cricket we managed to play over the first 3 days and getting on the wrong side of the weather it is tough to swell but it is all part of the journey.

     “Coming into the game, knowing what we needed to do, played into our hands a little bit. It was another do-or-die game for us.”

     “It will be tough to look back on but there is one more game to go and we’ll be trying to tie the series and a lot of pried to play for. We want to draw the series like in 2019.when we had to win at the Oval to draw the series,” Stokes said. “For us, we’ll have to get over the disappointment of today and then focus on that game. It is a massive game for us and 2-2 sounds a lot better than 3-1.”

     “As much as I would love to be an Ashes-winning captain, I want this team to be a legacy team. Regardless of how the series ends up, people will always talk about us.”

     So, for the fourth consecutive time, the urn will remain in Australia’s hands, and England’s next chance to regain it will be daunting, in Australia in 2025-26.

⇒The top run scorer for Australia in The Ashes is Usman Khawaja with 377 runs to his name.

⇒The top wicket-taker for Australia in The Ashes is Pat Cummins with 16 scalps under his belt.

⇒The top run scorer for England in The Ashes is Zak Crawley with 385 runs to his name.

⇒The top wicket-taker for England in The Ashes is Stuart Broad with 18 scalps under his belt.

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