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4th Test Match
Test No.2360
Teams Flag of England England v Flag of Australia Australia
Test number 2360
Date 4,5,6,7,8 September 2019 (5-day match)
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
Toss Australia won the toss and elected to bat
Result Australia won by 185 runs
Man of the Match Steve Smith
Umpires Marais Erasmus & Kumar Dharmasena
Last Test Test No.2359
Next Test Test No.2361

Australia 497 for 8 (Smith 211, Labuschagne 67) and 186 for 6 dec (Smith 82) beat England 301 (Burns 81, Root 71) and 197 (Denly 53, Cummins 4-43) by 185 runs

Australia have retained the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001, after digging deep into their reserves in the final hour at Old Trafford to achieve the catharsis that eluded them at Headingley last week, and outlast another gallant bout of English resistance in yet another cliffhanging finish.

This time, mere survival was the limit of England's ambition, but as the tension tightened in another nail-shredding final session, it took an unlikely hero to unlock the resistance of a familiar cult figure. At 178 for 8 in the 76th over shortly after tea, Jack Leach - promoted to No.10 after his role in England's third Test miracle - joined the nerveless Craig Overton, and saw off the new ball with guts and determination in a ninth-wicket stand that spanned the best part of 15 overs.

So Tim Paine, Australia's captain, chose an unlikely means to pick the lock. With men crowded round the bat, he tossed the ball to the part-time legspinner Marnus Labuschagne, who was given licence to give it a rip and see what he could achieve out of the ever-deepening footholes. Sure enough, he was able to spit one out of the rough and thump the left-hander's glove for Matthew Wade to snaffle the crucial catch, to send Leach on his way for a valiant 12 from 51 balls.

The resistance didn't last much longer. Back came Australia's senior seamers, and down - at the last - fell Overton, pinned on the knee by another nipbacker from Josh Hazlewood, and though he rolled the dice on England's final review, it was all academic. Three reds on the big screen prompted an outpouring of Aussie joy - their shattering setback in Leeds last week a thing of the past as they pulled ahead 2-1 in the series with just next week's fifth Test at The Oval to come. After waiting 18 years for success on English soil, the sweetness of this moment will do for now. But a series win is what this side deserves after outplaying their opponents on a far more consistent basis than the current scoreline implies.

That England took it this deep, however, was a tribute to the depth of character that exists within their dressing room - even if the events of the past five days have exposed technical flaws that no amount of heart and tenacity can overcome.

After the mess that Pat Cummins had made of England's top order on the previous evening, bagging Rory Burns and Joe Root for back-to-back ducks, expectations were low when Joe Denly and Jason Roy resumed in the morning session with the score still stuck on a grim 18 for 2. And yet, in differing styles all the way down the batting card, England stitched together a tapestry of heroic cameos that added up to an absorbing day of sporting theatre, even if it couldn't quite carry them over the line this time.

The tone for the day was set in the first 80 minutes of a fraught but absorbing morning session, as Roy and Denly endured, with tenacity at first against the discipline of Cummins and Hazlewood, and then with more opportunistic intent as the spin of Nathan Lyon was coupled with Mitchell Starc's less metronomic but potentially deadly left-arm line.

There were moments of looseness from Denly in particular - a wild swipe at a wide one from Starc that skidded over the head of third slip took the biscuit - but it was Roy who was the first to succumb, bowled for the fifth time in ten Test innings as Cummins obliterated his off stump with a scorching inducker. For all that he had fought valiantly against that same hard-handed technique that had propelled England to World Cup glory just two months ago, the manner of Roy's parting, after 67 balls of obduracy, was wearyingly familiar, as he pushed way ahead of his body, and buckled as the ball jagged back through the resultant gap.

Six overs later, and England's promising start was a distant memory, as Cummins accounted for the biggest scalp of the lot. As Ben Stokes showed in the early part of his Headingley miracle, he can stonewall with the best of them these days. And he did little wrong against the ball that eventually bagged him - save under-estimate the bounce that Cummins was able to extract from just back of a length, as it snagged the under-edge of an attempted leave. The umpire was unmoved, but Tim Paine had no doubt, and Stokes duly walked rather than wait for the inevitable review.

Denly, however, was still in his bubble, and having taken England to lunch in partnership with Jonny Bairstow, he brought up his second fifty in as many first innings three overs after the break with a compact drive for four through mid-off off Cummins. The fact that he had now risen to become England's best hope of salvation was perhaps an indictment of England's selection more than anything else, but it was hard to dispute the grit on display.

It wasn't built to last, however, and on 53, Denly succumbed to the best ball of an otherwise underwhelming spell from Lyon, who appeared to be struggling with a cut on his spinning finger, and whose tight line on off stump had been consistently turning the ball safely past leg. This time, however, he offered more air on the widest line of his spell, and a ripper out of Starc's footmarks thudded the glove en route to Labuschagne under the lid.

At 93 for 5, the scoreline looked uncompromising, but the relative ease of England's survival in the first three hours of play was all the incentive that Bairstow and Buttler needed to knuckle down and grind their way through the second hour of the session. With the ageing ball offering little in the way of assistance, Paine took to shuffling his pack, at one stage implementing nine bowling changes in 14 overs, including an early sighting of Labuschagne in tandem with Travis Head's offspin, before Starc's switch to the James Anderson End eventually reaped its reward. Bairstow, on 25 from 61 balls, was thumped on the pad flap, albeit deep in his crease, and sent on his way lbw - the subsequent review confirming the ball would have clipped the top of middle.

In came Overton, the first of the bowlers and the beginning of the end, it seemed. Not so fast. Overton's selection had raised several eyebrows before the match - but there was plenty that the selectors admired about his spirit in adversity on the tour of Australia and New Zealand two years ago, not least with the bat, where he made a gutsy 41 not out on debut at Adelaide, before top-scored from No.10 in the 58-all-out at Auckland.

Sure enough, it wasn't long before his solid stride down the track was negating Lyon's threat, and he even managed to middle the ball from Cummins for which he was erroneously given out lbw for 7 - not that the third umpire, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, could decipher that fact from the technology at his disposal. Overton only survived when HawkEye subsequently showed he'd been struck outside the line.

Australia by now were looking flat, but just as had been the case in the first innings at Edgbaston last month, a change of ball when the original went out of shape prompting an upsurge in threat. Steve Smith's reaction on examining the replacement was revealing - we waved it aloft as if to say we've hit the jackpot here, and it wasn't long before the ball was bending round corners - one screeching inswinger to Buttler was particularly unplayable.

The breakthrough came via a cunning bluff from Hazlewood, who posted a pair of close catchers right under Buttler's nose, to force him to think again about propping onto the front foot in seeing off the length ball. With half a mind on the rib-tickler too, Buttler allowed himself to hang back and shouldered arms to the wrong delivery - a beautiful nipbacker that cracked into the top of off.

Out to the middle came Jofra Archer, whose allround talents may have their use one day. Today, however, was never going to be his day. Lyon took less than an over to pin him plumb lbw with one that grubbed after turning, to bring Leach back to face the music once again.

The crowd roared for their cult hero, not least when the famous cloth came out of his pocket to wipe the steam off those ever-foggy spectacles, and there was steam coming out of Cummins' ears soon afterwards, as he reverted to a round-the-wicket line and crashed a bouncer off Leach's helmet.

That approach, however, was a sign that the recently claimed new ball wasn't quite having the impact they had hoped. Something more funky was required to dislodge England's ninth-wicket pair, as thoughts became to turn very tentatively to that famous rearguard in Cardiff in 2009 - another series in which Australia were consistently the better team in spite of evidence to the contrary.

Over to Marnus and his speculative leggies. And on now to The Oval, with all and nothing to play for. Australia dearly want and deserve a series win, but the retention of the urn was their primary objective. That has been gloriously achieved.

Flag of Australia Australia 1st innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Marcus Harris lbw b Broad 13 24 1 0 54.16
David Warner c †Bairstow b Broad 0 2 0 0 0.00
Marnus Labuschagne b Overton 67 129 10 0 51.93
Steve Smith c Denly b Root 211 319 24 2 66.14
Travis Head lbw b Broad 19 22 3 0 86.36
Matthew Wade c Root b Leach 16 45 2 0 35.55
Tim Paine (c) † c †Bairstow b Overton 58 127 8 0 45.66
Pat Cummins c Stokes b Leach 4 9 1 0 44.44
Mitchell Starc not out 54 58 7 2 93.10
Nathan Lyon not out 26 26 4 0 100.00
Extras (b 8; lb 14; nb 4; w 3) 29
Total (8 wickets; 126 overs) 497 DEC

Did not bat: JR Hazlewood

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (David Warner, 0.4 ov), 2-28 (Marcus Harris, 6.6 ov), 3-144 (Marnus Labuschagne, 39.2 ov), 4-183 (Travis Head, 48.4 ov), 5-224 (Matthew Wade, 60.5 ov), 6-369 (Tim Paine, 101.1 ov), 7-387 (Pat Cummins, 104.6 ov), 8-438 (Steven Smith, 117.5 ov),

Flag of England England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Stuart Broad 25 2 97 3 3.88
Jofra Archer 27 3 97 0 3.59
Ben Stokes 10.5 0 66 0 6.09
Jack Leach 26.1 3 83 2 3.17
Craig Overton 28 3 85 2 3.03
Joe Denly 3 1 8 0 2.66
Joe Root 6 0 39 1 6.50
Flag of England England 1st innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Rory Burns c Smith b Hazlewood 81 185 9 0 43.78
Joe Denly c Wade b Cummins 4 24 0 0 16.66
Craig Overton c Smith b Hazlewood 5 15 0 0 33.33
Joe Root (c) lbw b Hazlewood 71 168 10 0 42.26
Jason Roy b Hazlewood 22 33 3 0 66.66
Ben Stokes c Smith b Starc 26 62 3 0 41.93
Jonny Bairstow b Starc 17 37 2 0 45.94
Jos Buttler b Cummins 41 65 7 0 63.07
Jofra Archer c †Paine b Cummins 1 19 0 0 5.26
Stuart Broad b Starc 5 29 0 0 17.24
Jack Leach not out 4 9 1 0 44.44
Extras (b 4; lb 11; nb 4; w 5) 24
Total (10 wickets; 107 overs) 301

Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Joe Denly, 6.5 ov), 2-25 (Craig Overton, 11.3 ov), 3-166 (Rory Burns, 64.2 ov), 4-175 (Joe Root, 66.6 ov), 5-196 (Jason Roy, 72.4 ov), 6-228 (Jonny Bairstow, 84.5 ov), 7-243 (Ben Stokes, 88.3 ov), 8-256 (Jofra Archer, 92.6 ov), 9-283 (Stuart Broad, 101.5 ov), 10-301 (Jos Buttler, 106.6 ov)

Flag of Australia Australia bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Mitchell Starc 22 7 80 3 3.63
Josh Hazlewood 25 6 57 4 2.28
Pat Cummins 24 6 60 3 2.50
Nathan Lyon 36 4 89 0 2.47
Flag of Australia Australia 2nd innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
David Warner lbw b Broad 0 6 0 0 0.00
Marcus Harris lbw b Broad 6 16 1 0 37.50
Marnus Labuschagne lbw b Archer 11 25 2 0 44.00
Steve Smith c Stokes b Leach 82 92 11 0 89.13
Travis Head b Archer 12 19 2 0 63.15
Matthew Wade c †Bairstow b Archer 34 76 2 0 44.73
Tim Paine (c) † not out 23 18 4 0 127.77
Mitchell Starc not out 3 6 0 0 50.00
Extras (b 5; lb 2; nb 1; w 7) 15
Total (6 wickets; 42.5 overs) 186 DEC

Did not bat:' PJ Cummins, JR Hazlewood, NM Lyon

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (David Warner, 0.6 ov), 2-16 (Marcus Harris, 6.1 ov), 3-24 (Marnus Labuschagne, 9.3 ov), 4-44 (Travis Head, 13.6 ov), 5-149 (Steven Smith, 38.1 ov), 6-158 (Matthew Wade, 39.2 ov),

Flag of England England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Stuart Broad 14 4 54 2 3.85
Jofra Archer 14 2 45 3 3.21
Craig Overton 5.5 1 22 0 3.77
Jack Leach 9 0 58 1 6.44
Flag of England England 2nd innings (Target: 383)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Rory Burns c Head b Cummins 0 3 0 0 0.00
Joe Denly c Labuschagne b Lyon 53 123 6 0 43.08
Joe Root (c) b Cummins 0 1 0 0 0.00
Jason Roy b Cummins 31 67 4 0 46.26
Ben Stokes c †Paine b Cummins 1 17 0 0 5.88
Jonny Bairstow lbw b Starc 25 61 1 0 40.98
Jos Buttler b Hazlewood 34 111 4 0 30.63
Craig Overton lbw b Hazlewood 21 105 2 0 20.00
Jofra Archer lbw b Lyon 1 9 0 0 11.11
Jack Leach c Wade b Labuschagne 12 51 1 0 23.52
Stuart Broad not out 0 3 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 9; lb 8; nb 2) 19
Total (10 wickets; 91.3 overs) 197

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rory Burns, 0.3 ov), 2-0 (Joe Root, 0.4 ov), 3-66 (Jason Roy, 24.6 ov), 4-74 (Ben Stokes, 30.2 ov), 5-93 (Joe Denly, 39.2 ov), 6-138 (Jonny Bairstow, 53.1 ov), 7-172 (Jos Buttler, 74.2 ov), 8-173 (Jofra Archer, 75.5 ov), 9-196 (Jack Leach, 89.5 ov), 10-197 (Craig Overton, 91.3 ov)

Flag of Australia Australia bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Pat Cummins 24 9 43 4 1.79
Josh Hazlewood 17.3 5 31 2 1.77
Nathan Lyon 29 12 51 2 1.75
Mitchell Starc 16 2 46 1 2.87
Marnus Labuschagne 4 1 9 1 2.25
Travis Head 1 1 0 0 0.00

Match details

Close of play

  • day 1 – Australia 1st innings 170/3 (SPD Smith 60*, TM Head 18*, 44 ov)
  • day 2 – England 1st innings 23/1 (RJ Burns 15*, C Overton 3*, 10 ov)
  • day 3 – England 1st innings 200/5 (BA Stokes 7*, JM Bairstow 2*, 74 ov)
  • day 4 – England 2nd innings 18/2 (JL Denly 10*, JJ Roy 8*, 7 ov)
  • day 5 –

Match notes
Day 1

  • Over 6.6: Review by Australia (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - MS Harris (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • Drinks: Australia - 49/2 in 13.0 overs (M Labuschagne 20, SPD Smith 8)
  • Australia: 50 runs in 13.4 overs (82 balls), Extras 8
  • Over 15.6: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - M Labuschagne (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 70 balls (M Labuschagne 25, SPD Smith 24, Ex 2)
  • Lunch: Australia - 98/2 in 26.0 overs (M Labuschagne 49, SPD Smith 28)
  • Rain: Australia - 98/2 in 26.0 overs (M Labuschagne 49, SPD Smith 28)
  • Australia: 100 runs in 27.1 overs (163 balls), Extras 8
  • M Labuschagne: 50 off 88 balls (8 x 4)
  • Rain: Australia - 102/2 in 28.4 overs (M Labuschagne 51, SPD Smith 30)
  • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 170 balls (M Labuschagne 50, SPD Smith 46, Ex 6)
  • SPD Smith: 50 off 81 balls (7 x 4)
  • Australia: 150 runs in 39.6 overs (240 balls), Extras 12
  • Over 42.3: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - TM Head (Struck down)
  • Tea: Australia - 170/3 in 44.0 overs (SPD Smith 60, TM Head 18)
  • Rain: Australia - 170/3 in 44.0 overs (SPD Smith 60, TM Head 18)
  • End Of Day: Australia - 170/3 in 44.0 overs (SPD Smith 60, TM Head 18)

Day 2

  • End Of Day: England - 23/1 in 10.0 overs (RJ Burns 15, C Overton 3)
  • Australia: 200 runs in 54.4 overs (328 balls), Extras 13
  • Australia: 200 runs in 55.2 overs (332 balls), Extras 13
  • Drinks: Australia - 214/4 in 57.0 overs (SPD Smith 81, MS Wade 16)
  • Rain: Australia - 214/4 in 57.0 overs (SPD Smith 81, MS Wade 16)
  • SPD Smith: 100 off 160 balls (11 x 4)
  • Lunch: Australia - 245/5 in 69.0 overs (SPD Smith 101, TD Paine 9)
  • Australia: 250 runs in 71.2 overs (429 balls), Extras 20
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 81 balls (SPD Smith 28, TD Paine 19, Ex 3)
  • New Ball taken at 80. 1 overs
  • Australia: 300 runs in 82.3 overs (499 balls), Extras 23
  • Drinks: Australia - 317/5 in 86.0 overs (SPD Smith 143, TD Paine 36)
  • 6th Wicket: 100 runs in 175 balls (SPD Smith 55, TD Paine 42, Ex 4)
  • SPD Smith: 150 off 237 balls (16 x 4)
  • Australia: 350 runs in 96.2 overs (582 balls), Extras 23
  • TD Paine: 50 off 113 balls (7 x 4)
  • Tea: Australia - 369/5 in 101.0 overs (SPD Smith 173, TD Paine 58)
  • Australia: 400 runs in 112.1 overs (677 balls), Extras 25
  • SPD Smith: 200 off 310 balls (22 x 4, 2 x 6)
  • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 76 balls (SPD Smith 25, MA Starc 25, Ex 1)
  • Australia: 450 runs in 119.2 overs (720 balls), Extras 25
  • Over 119.3: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - MA Starc (Struck down)
  • Drinks: Australia - 463/8 in 120.0 overs (MA Starc 40, NM Lyon 10)
  • MA Starc: 50 off 49 balls (7 x 4, 2 x 6)
  • 9th Wicket: 50 runs in 44 balls (MA Starc 28, NM Lyon 20, Ex 4)
  • Innings Break: Australia - 497/8 in 126.0 overs (MA Starc 54, NM Lyon 26)

Day 3

  • Rain: England - 23/1 in 10.0 overs (RJ Burns 15, C Overton 3)
  • Wet Ground: England - 23/1 in 10.0 overs (RJ Burns 15, C Overton 3)
  • Lunch: England - 23/1 in 10.0 overs (RJ Burns 15, C Overton 3)
  • England: 50 runs in 22.1 overs (135 balls), Extras 3
  • Drinks: England - 70/2 in 30.0 overs (RJ Burns 35, JE Root 19)
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 118 balls (RJ Burns 25, JE Root 19, Ex 6)
  • RJ Burns: 50 off 100 balls (7 x 4)
  • England: 100 runs in 34.4 overs (210 balls), Extras 7
  • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 204 balls (RJ Burns 47, JE Root 47, Ex 6)
  • Tea: England - 125/2 in 47.0 overs (RJ Burns 62, JE Root 47)
  • JE Root: 50 off 117 balls (7 x 4)
  • Over 54.1: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - JE Root (Struck down)
  • England: 150 runs in 54.3 overs (329 balls), Extras 7
  • Drinks: England - 167/3 in 66.0 overs (JE Root 70, JJ Roy 0)
  • England: 200 runs in 73.1 overs (441 balls), Extras 8
  • Bad Light: England - 200/5 in 74.0 overs (BA Stokes 7, JM Bairstow 2)
  • End Of Day: England - 200/5 in 74.0 overs (BA Stokes 7, JM Bairstow 2)

Day 4

  • Over 6.1: Review by Australia (Batting), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - MS Harris (Struck down)
  • End Of Day: England - 18/2 in 7.0 overs (JL Denly 10, JJ Roy 8)
  • Over 9.3: Review by Australia (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - M Labuschagne (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • Australia: 50 runs in 17.3 overs (106 balls), Extras 5
  • Tea: Australia - 63/4 in 21.0 overs (SPD Smith 19, MS Wade 10)
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 87 balls (SPD Smith 32, MS Wade 19, Ex 1)
  • Australia: 100 runs in 29.1 overs (176 balls), Extras 6
  • SPD Smith: 50 off 62 balls (5 x 4)
  • Over 31.5: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - MS Wade (Struck down)
  • Drinks: Australia - 147/4 in 37.0 overs (SPD Smith 81, MS Wade 26)
  • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 138 balls (SPD Smith 71, MS Wade 26, Ex 6)
  • Australia: 150 runs in 38.2 overs (231 balls), Extras 11
  • Over 42.3: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - MA Starc (Struck down)
  • Innings Break: Australia - 186/6 in 42.5 overs (TD Paine 23, MA Starc 3)
  • New ball taken at 80.2 overs
  • Drinks: England - 230/6 in 87.0 overs (BA Stokes 22, JC Buttler 0)
  • England: 250 runs in 90.3 overs (545 balls), Extras 12
  • Over 93.3: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - JC Buttler (Struck down)
  • Lunch: England - 278/8 in 98.0 overs (JC Buttler 26, SCJ Broad 2)
  • England: 300 runs in 105.4 overs (638 balls), Extras 24
  • Innings Break: England - 301/10 in 107.0 overs (MJ Leach 4)

Day 5

  • England: 50 runs in 19.4 overs (118 balls), Extras 0
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 114 balls (JL Denly 27, JJ Roy 24, Ex 0)
  • Drinks: England - 56/2 in 21.0 overs (JL Denly 28, JJ Roy 28)
  • Lunch: England - 87/4 in 34.0 overs (JL Denly 48, JM Bairstow 2)
  • JL Denly: 50 off 112 balls (6 x 4)
  • England: 100 runs in 40.4 overs (245 balls), Extras 5
  • Drinks: England - 138/5 in 53.0 overs (JM Bairstow 25, JC Buttler 18)
  • Over 53.1: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - JM Bairstow (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • England: 150 runs in 59.5 overs (360 balls), Extras 14
  • Over 62.5: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - C Overton (Upheld)
  • Tea: England - 166/6 in 69.0 overs (JC Buttler 30, C Overton 12)
  • Over 76.1: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - C Overton (Struck down)
  • Over 91.3: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - C Overton (Struck down)

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