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The moment Australia retained the Ashes with a 185 point win over England in Old Trafford

Australia keeps the Ash with victory over England in fourth test at Old Trafford, while Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon overcome persistent blow resistance on the last day

  • Australia retained the Ashes after the victory over England over Old Trafford
  • Holders lead the series 2-1 with one game to play, but the overall win is assured
  • It is the first Ashes victory on English soil since their tour in 2001
  • Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon sparkled when they took the eight required wickets
  • Joe Denly made half a century; Craig Overton and Jack Leach resisted
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Australia has retained the Ashes with victory over England in the fourth test at Old Trafford and claims their first victory in the series since 2001.

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Although they only lead 2-1 in the series to play with one game, Australia will retain the Urn because they are the holders and now cannot lose overall.

The fiery pace of Pat Cummins and the twist of Nathan Lyon saw them overcome some stubborn England-hit resistance on the last day and take the eight wickets they needed to claim the win with 185 runs.

Joe Denly made 53 while Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Craig Overton and Jack Leach were all buried but there was no repetition of the miraculous finish of the third test in Headingley.

The moment Australia retained the Ashes with a 185 point win over England in Old Trafford

The moment Australia retained the Ashes with a 185 point win over England in Old Trafford

Australia had to wait for the outcome of an assessment to confirm Craig Overton's wicket
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Australia had to wait for the outcome of an assessment to confirm Craig Overton's wicket

Australia had to wait for the outcome of an assessment to confirm Craig Overton's wicket

Pat Cummins celebrates Jason Roy's groundbreaking wicket in England on Sunday

Pat Cummins celebrates Jason Roy's groundbreaking wicket in England on Sunday

Pat Cummins celebrates Jason Roy's groundbreaking wicket in England on Sunday

Roy made 31 before becoming Cummins & # 39; third victim of the innings in Old Trafford

Roy made 31 before becoming Cummins & # 39; third victim of the innings in Old Trafford

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Roy made 31 before becoming Cummins & # 39; third victim of the innings in Old Trafford

Roy expresses his frustration when he returns to the pavilion while his poor Ashes went on

Roy expresses his frustration when he returns to the pavilion while his poor Ashes went on

Roy expresses his frustration when he returns to the pavilion while his poor Ashes went on

It would always be a big challenge for England, resumed at 15 for two with Rory Burns and Captain Joe Root was fired Saturday night to get the 98 planned overs.

But initially there were positive signals when Denly and Jason Roy started with the necessary determination and patience.

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Roy, whose fight in this Ashes series contrasts sharply with his excellent shape against the white ball in the World Cup, reached 31 before being defeated by the unstoppable Cummins.

That brought the hero of Headingley Ben Stokes to great cheers, but the atmosphere was empty when Cummins removed him for only one, leaving England wobbled at 74 for four.

Ben Stokes was unable to replicate his Headingley exploits when he fell for only one point

Ben Stokes was unable to replicate his Headingley exploits when he fell for only one point

Ben Stokes was unable to replicate his Headingley exploits when he fell for only one point

Stokes feathered an edge to a perfectly matched Cummins delivery to fall cheaply

Stokes feathered an edge to a perfectly matched Cummins delivery to fall cheaply

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Stokes feathered an edge to a perfectly matched Cummins delivery to fall cheaply

And when Denly left, held by Marnus Labuschagne a short distance from the bowling of Lyon, for a brave 53, the hope of England had almost disappeared.

Bairstow and Buttler stopped the Aussie attack and took England to the evening session, but the task proved to surpass them.

Buttler was beaten by Josh Hazlewood trying to leave the ball before Jofra Archer was trapped by Lyon.

But that was followed by a heroic rear-guard effort from Overton and Jack Leach for the ninth wicket, with every ball cheered by the crowd as England began to dream of an unlikely escape.

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An unlikely bowling change was needed to introduce Labuschagne into the attack to tie Leach's wicket.

And the winning moment for Australia came when Overton was tapped on the pads by Hazlewood – a desperate review from England in vain.

More to follow.

Joe Denly salutes the balcony of England after reaching his half-century just after lunch

Joe Denly salutes the balcony of England after reaching his half-century just after lunch

Joe Denly salutes the balcony of England after reaching his half-century just after lunch

Denly dives under a short ball from Pat Cummins during his naughty innings of 53 off 123 balls
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Denly dives under a short ball from Pat Cummins during his naughty innings of 53 off 123 balls

Denly dives under a short ball from Pat Cummins during his naughty innings of 53 off 123 balls

But Denly was fired shortly thereafter with Marnus Labuschagne who took a sharp catch

But Denly was fired shortly thereafter with Marnus Labuschagne who took a sharp catch

But Denly was fired shortly thereafter with Marnus Labuschagne who took a sharp catch

Denly walks away while Australia again celebrates an important wicket in their pursuit of Test and win series

Denly walks away while Australia again celebrates an important wicket in their pursuit of Test and win series

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Denly walks away while Australia again celebrates an important wicket in their pursuit of Test and win series

Australia is celebrating the resignation of Jonny Bairstow, imprisoned for 25 years by Mitchell Starc

Australia is celebrating the resignation of Jonny Bairstow, imprisoned for 25 years by Mitchell Starc

Australia is celebrating the resignation of Jonny Bairstow, imprisoned for 25 years by Mitchell Starc

The loss of Bairstow mid-afternoon came as a blow to England

The loss of Bairstow mid-afternoon came as a blow to England

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The loss of Bairstow mid-afternoon came as a blow to England

Cummins thought he had Craig Overton's wicket, but it was destroyed during the review

Cummins thought he had Craig Overton's wicket, but it was destroyed during the review

Cummins thought he had Craig Overton's wicket, but it was destroyed during the review

Jos Buttler made 34 of 111 balls before being thrown by Josh Hazlewood after leaving the ball
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Jos Buttler made 34 of 111 balls before being thrown by Josh Hazlewood after leaving the ball

Jos Buttler made 34 of 111 balls before being thrown by Josh Hazlewood after leaving the ball

Hazlewood jumps for joy after taking the Buttler wicket while Australia gets the seventh wicket

Hazlewood jumps for joy after taking the Buttler wicket while Australia gets the seventh wicket

Hazlewood jumps for joy after taking the Buttler wicket while Australia gets the seventh wicket

Nathan Lyon celebrates the wicket of Jofra Archer, who was imprisoned after he scored one

Nathan Lyon celebrates the wicket of Jofra Archer, who was imprisoned after he scored one

Nathan Lyon celebrates the wicket of Jofra Archer, who was imprisoned after he scored one

Jack Leach pauses to clean his glasses in between while England takes their last position

Jack Leach pauses to clean his glasses in between while England takes their last position

Jack Leach pauses to clean his glasses in between while England takes their last position

Craig Overton and Leach fist bump into their heroic ninth wicket stand on Old Trafford

Craig Overton and Leach fist bump into their heroic ninth wicket stand on Old Trafford

Craig Overton and Leach fist bump into their heroic ninth wicket stand on Old Trafford

Marnus Labuschagne celebrates Jack Leach's wicket as Australia came closer

Marnus Labuschagne celebrates Jack Leach's wicket as Australia came closer

Marnus Labuschagne celebrates Jack Leach's wicket as Australia came closer

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