The Ashes stay in Eng­land

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

As ex­pected, Eng­land has re­tained the Ashes. The man­ner of the vic­tory was muted, though, as the Old Traf­ford game pe­tered out into a rain and lightaf­fected draw.

Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook will know that at­mo­spheric con­di­tions, rather than good cricket, ex­tended his team’s ten­ure with the ter­ra­cotta urn.

The Aus­tralians bossed ev­ery ses­sion of a game they had to win to keep the se­ries alive. They failed, but will take more from this per­for­mance than their host.

Michael Clarke’s su­perb first in­nings 187 drove his side to a com­mand­ing to­tal, and the cause was helped by solid con­tri­bu­tions from Chris Rogers, Steve Smith and even pace­man Mitchell Starc.

Clarke’s bowlers per­formed skil­fully and with in­tent, none more so that the resur­gent Ryan Har­ris. Peter Sid­dle and Starc re­ally bent their backs and off­spin­ner Nathan Lyon teased Eng­land’s bats­men, with­out look­ing too danger­ous.

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