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a dead body what a totally futile LBW review looks like?
Would it help if we said Craig Overton‘s doomed quest to overturn the wicket saw the Australian men’s team retain the Ashes abroad for the first time in 18 bloody years?
Yeah, we thought so:
AUSTRALIA WIN! They've done it, what a win for Australia!
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) September 8, 2019
That wicket, courtesy of Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood, saw Australia wrap up the fourth test at Old Trafford with an 185-run lead. Victory means the visitors are custodians of the urn for another couple of years.
It didn’t come without a scrap, mind you. In the end, Overton and batting partner Jack Leach combined for a scrappy fourteen overs, giving the home crowd fleeting hope in a Ben Stokes-esque comeback.
Even a draw would have done for the home squad, and England looked set to battle it out through the day to set up a decisive test at London’s The Oval. Nevertheless, their target of 383, and a starting point of 18-2, meant it was gonna be a hard slog.
Australia’s bowling attack made sure of that, with Pat Cummins walking away with an impressive 4-43.
Speaking after the win, Australian batsman Steve Smith said what anyone watching could have told you: the fella was absolutely on fire, providing batting power to match Australia’s ruthless bowling attack.
“I’m not sure I have ever played better,” Smith told the BBC.
“I have come back fresh from a year out, but relaxed and chilled out. I want to be the one in the middle doing my job for the team as I don’t particularly enjoy watching cricket!”
Doesn’t seem like England will enjoy watching the fifth test, but whatever. Australia retains the Ashes, baby. Watch a recap below:Source: BBC
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