Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

5 reasons why Australia retained the Ashes

5 reasons why Australia retained the Ashes

A one off test between England and Australia came to be held, and that faded black and white photo of smiling faces in posh suits was turned into a complete mockery following the events of the match.

Australia's Steve Smith has been in demolishing mode with the bat against England in the ongoing Ashes series.

Australia retained the Ashes after a 185-run win over England in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Sunday left them 2-1 up with one to play in the five-match series. The Australian had confirmed in July he would step down regardless of the outcome of the Ashes.

ESPN's Alexis Nunes, Andrew Miller and Mark Butcher discuss England's discuss to name an unchanged side for the final Ashes Test match vs. Australia at the Oval. Though England can't beat Australia, they still have a chance to level the series. "His last three dismissals have all been exactly the same".

The all-rounder bowled just 10.5 overs in Australia's first innings at Old Trafford before being forced off the field with right shoulder soreness and did not bowl for the remainder of the Test.

Jason Roy is among those to earn a reprieve for the fifth Test
Jason Roy is among those to earn a reprieve for the fifth Test

That would mean a bowling allrounder in Sam Curran or Chris Woakes coming in for a batsman, determined by head coach Trevor Bayliss and the captain, Joe Root.

It was a time when an over had only 4 balls bowled, and the 3 day test match saw victory for the Australians by a mere margin of 7 runs.

Smith is having a fairytale Ashes series, already accumulating 671 runs, including a double century at a staggering average of 134.20. "I'm not sure why he got the nod over Woakes". He is just a genius and I never had any doubt that he would come back and be the player that he was."The scary thing is he's getting better", he added.

In that case, England would look to usher in a bowling all-rounder from inside the squad in both Sam Curran, who could be enjoying on his Surrey house floor, or Chris Woakes.

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