Australia tease England after retaining Ashes: The Australian players were seen in an expressive state on the ground.
During the fifth day of the fourth Test of the ongoing 2019 Ashes series between England and Australia at Old Trafford, Australia defeated England by 185 runs to retain the series for the first time after 18 years in England.
With the Ashes with them at the start of the series, what Australia needed a minimum was a drawn series. Currently leading the series 2-1 after the fourth Test, even a loss in the last Test won’t affect Australia’s chances of retaining the urn.
Former captain Steve Waugh was the last Australian captain to retain an Ashes series in England (2001). It is worth mentioning that Waugh is currently a part of the Australian team’s support staff.
With England losing a couple of big wickets in the first over of a 383-run chase, it was expected that the hosts would succumb under pressure on the last day. However, some determined resistance from their lower-order once again gave glimpses of them securing another riveting draw.
It was a masterstroke from Australia captain Tim Paine to introduce all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne into the attack. The leg-spinner ended a 14-over long resistance from England spinner Jack Leach (12) as he was caught at short leg by Matthew Wade.
As expected, Australian players didn’t shy away from celebrating as much as they could both on and off the ground. The age-old banter by the winning team against the losing team was also witnessed in Manchester. The following lines were heard repeatedly on the ground.
‘Who did we beat?’
‘How did we do it?’
Australia tease England after retaining Ashes:
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) September 8, 2019
The Fourth Test came to a nail-biting climax at Old Trafford, but this time Australia held their nerve. They took an unbeatable 2-1 series lead over England burying the ghosts of Sandpapergate once and for all and sparking well-deserved celebrations. @hughwhitfeld #Ashes #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/wGktdVQWhp
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 9, 2019
How Twitter reacted:
— David Coverdale (@dpcoverdale) September 8, 2019
I think England should stick with @root66 as captain. He’s young, he’s learning, he has the respect of his teammates, he’s keen to continue, and there aren’t any obvious alternatives. Losing the Ashes to a very strong Australian team is not a time to panic.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 9, 2019
Misbah says he is also giving coaching tips to Australia.
“When winning on English soil, one must do push ups” pic.twitter.com/ONwF8ZvgPB
— Dennis Ashes Winner (@DennisCricket_) September 9, 2019
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