England win final Test by 135 runs to draw Ashes series against Australia first time since 1972
England on Sunday defeated Australia by 135 runs in the final Ashes Test at the Oval cricket ground to draw the series 2-2. This is the first time the Ashes series has been drawn since 1972. Australia will retain the Ashes trophy even after today’s defeat.
For Australia, Mathew Wade was the top-scorer with 117 runs while Steve Smith failed to impress with the bat in the second innings. Stuart Broad and Jack Leach picked up four wickets apiece.
Earlier, England were all out for 329 in their second innings. This meant that England built a total lead of 298 runs and Aussies will need 399 runs to win the last Test match.
Australian batsmen looked in an unusual hurry and kept losing their wickets at a regular interval. Even Wade received several lives in the form of missed stumping and dropped catches.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said, “Stuart Broad has stepped up and produced another wonderful performance in an Ashes series. This week, as much as it is about the team, it is about Joe Root. He needed this week to give himself a boost. He is doing a lot right. I am really pleased for him. I know how much he wants to be England captain:
A win at the Oval will be hugely morale-boosting for the hosts since this has helped them avoid their first series defeat since 2014 and first to Australia in 18 years.
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