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Emma McCarthy, 27, has been in the UK and supported her friend Nathan Lyon, 31, during the series

Emma McCarthy did well in the stands as she watched Australia beat England and hold the Ashes.

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The 27-year-old was in the UK and supported her friend Nathan Lyon, 31, during the series.

She shed tears of joy when Josh Hazlewood took the last wicket on Sunday when Australia first retained the Ashes in England in two decades.

It may also have been tears of relief that the baggy greens had won after Lyon made a mistake in the third test that cost Australia that match.

While Emma was crying, the players screamed with joy and hugged each other on the field.

Later, the stars saw drinking beer in the dressing rooms and spraying champagne before returning to the field to sing the team song in the dark.

Emma McCarthy, 27, has been in the UK and supported her friend Nathan Lyon, 31, during the series

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Emma McCarthy, 27, has been in the UK and supported her friend Nathan Lyon, 31, during the series

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

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

The team celebrates in the changing rooms after Australia claimed the win to keep the Ashes

The team celebrates in the changing rooms after Australia claimed the win to keep the Ashes

The team celebrates in the changing rooms after Australia claimed the win to keep the Ashes

Steve Smith from Australia celebrates with teammates singing the team song on the field after Australia claimed the win

Steve Smith from Australia celebrates with teammates singing the team song on the field after Australia claimed the win

Steve Smith from Australia celebrates with teammates singing the team song on the field after Australia claimed the win

Nathan Lyon from Australia celebrates with teammates singing the team song on the field
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Nathan Lyon from Australia celebrates with teammates singing the team song on the field

Nathan Lyon from Australia celebrates with teammates singing the team song on the field

Nathan Lyon of Australia and Steve Waugh, the Australian Team Mentor, celebrate in the dressing rooms after Australia claimed the victory

Nathan Lyon of Australia and Steve Waugh, the Australian Team Mentor, celebrate in the dressing rooms after Australia claimed the victory

Nathan Lyon of Australia and Steve Waugh, the Australian Team Mentor, celebrate in the dressing rooms after Australia claimed the victory

Nathan Lyon and Travis Head of Australia celebrate this while singing the team song on the field

Nathan Lyon and Travis Head of Australia celebrate this while singing the team song on the field

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Nathan Lyon and Travis Head of Australia celebrate this while singing the team song on the field

In the third test last week, Lyon found Pat Cummins' return at the end of the bowler and missed a golden opportunity to run out of Jack Leach and keep the ashes.

Former captain Ricky Ponting said that such a mistake might have remained in Nathan Lyon's mind.

& # 39; There are certainly some scars … a fairly simple opportunity, but it happens & # 39 ;, former skipper Ponting told The Unplayable Podcast.

But on Sunday, the spinner showed no signs of nerves when he took two wickets for proud girlfriend Emma, ​​whom he took in confidence after his mistake.

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Lyon separated at the end of 2017 from his previous partner and mother from his children Mel Waring.

Miss Waring went to social media last week to say she wasn't jealous of Miss McCarthy's relationship with Lyon.

The mother of two said she & # 39; never happier & # 39; despite recent articles claiming she & # 39; stripped & # 39; was to see the friend of the spin-bowler fit wedding dresses while she was in England for the Ashes.

Fans with eagle eyes also noticed that Lyon & # 39; s two-year-old friend Emma McCarthy put on a & # 39; N & # 39; necklace while dressing in the glamorous white coats with fellow WAG & # 39; s.

Lyon separated at the end of 2017 from his previous partner and mother from his children Mel Waring

Lyon separated at the end of 2017 from his previous partner and mother from his children Mel Waring

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Lyon separated at the end of 2017 from his previous partner and mother from his children Mel Waring

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 grabbed the Ashes when Josh Hazlewood released Craig Overton lbw, which caused wild partying of the team.

The excellent Hazlewood drove away all the nerves Australia had by giving away the killer with England 81 balls from a copy of their famous stalemate in Cardiff 10 years ago.

How heartbreaking it was for Overton, a controversial choice to replace Chris Woakes, when Hazlewood hit the ball in his pads and umpire Kumar Dharmasena raised his finger to defy 105 balls of guts.

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

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

The decisive wicket from Overton fell after Hazlewood & # 39; s poor delivery had beaten him on the brake pads

The decisive wicket from Overton fell after Hazlewood & # 39; s poor delivery had beaten him on the brake pads

The decisive wicket from Overton fell after Hazlewood & # 39; s poor delivery had beaten him on the brake pads

The allrounder walked and confirmed that Australia had retained the Ashes in Manchester

The allrounder walked and confirmed that Australia had retained the Ashes in Manchester

The allrounder walked and confirmed that Australia had retained the Ashes in Manchester

Josh Hazlewood was harassed by his teammates after helping Australia maintain the famous urn
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Josh Hazlewood was harassed by his teammates after helping Australia maintain the famous urn

Josh Hazlewood was harassed by his teammates after helping Australia maintain the famous urn

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

He had no choice but to review the decision, but really, there was no doubt that Dharamsena had it right and Overton sank in his hips while Australia celebrated fighting for the first time in 18 years to keep the Ashes in this country.

England may win this Specsavers series in the final test with victory and will feel like they still have a lot to play in the Oval on Thursday, but the Ashes remain with the holders after this 185-run victory.

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And rightly so, because for all of England's overdue requests here, Australia has clearly been the better side in these Ashes, from the genius of Steve Smith to the potency and aggression of one of the best visiting pace attacks that have been seen here for many years.

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

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

And it has been Pat Cummins, with four second inning wickets in this fourth test and 24 in the series, who led the way in that brilliantly managed and twisted pace attack to become almost as important to this Australian triumph as Smith.

Even the captain of Australia made good on Sunday when Tim Paine produced the masterful blow by occasionally turning to leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne with only 16 overs left for England to hold him and saw him reject the admirable Leach with the fifth ball of his left.

Previously, comparisons with Jimmy Anderson and the legendary resistance of Monty Panesar in Cardiff had extended to the occasional time-wasting appearance of substitute field players and even a few physio's while Leach cleaned the most famous glasses in cricket.

England had started this last day with their most consistent batsmen in Rory Burns and Joe Root already gone and when Jason Roy and Stokes also fell for lunch, there seemed little chance that they would extend this test until late in the final session.

The first real resistance came when Joe Denly reached his second half century in successive tests and when Jonny Bairstow produced just the right temperature for a loss of concentration after a drink break, he saw a Mitchell Starc straight missing.

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

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

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

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

Cummins previously thought he had the Overton wicket, but it was destroyed during the review

Cummins previously thought he had the Overton wicket, but it was destroyed during the review

Cummins previously thought he had the Overton wicket, but it was destroyed during the review

It was then that Jos Buttler joined Overton to awaken that hope of another packed Old Trafford crowd before, crucially, Australia finally persuaded the referees to change a malformed ball and suddenly saw its replacement in the corners sewing and swinging.

Overton & # 39; s final 21 seemed to have been shortened to just five when Marais Erasmus gave him lbw to someone who just flung out of Cummins for the review to show that he had not only touched it, but the impact of the ball was off -stub. Not that TV referee Ruchira Palliyaguruge even noticed the inside edge in a sloppy piece on and off field work.

Buttler would fall when, with echoes from Simon Jones' resignation of Michael Clarke here in 2005, he left one from Hazlewood who went in reverse and took his off-stump to leave England seven with 30 left to survive.

And Jofra Archer followed when Nathan Lyon, who had struggled much of the day to take advantage of an ever-increasing pitch, hit a ball in a rough spot and slid it over the floor to catch him noticeably lbw.

It was then that Leach, who did so much to help Stokes to overcome Headingley miracle, was promoted for Stuart Broad and skillfully played with his Somerset teammate Overton on the kind of spinning pitch they know well in Taunton.

Enter Labuschagne, the finder's discovery of this series, to hit the crucial hit with the ball and Australia was almost there, a triumph confirmed by Hazlewood & # 39; s 18th wicket of the Ashes after being wisely equipped during the World Cup.

When the dust settles, England is confronted with a painful investigation into a defeat that doubles their chances of what would be a dream world cup and Ashes, not least the position of Root as their test captain.

Yes, Root is the best batsman in England. Yes, he is a good man and yes, there are no real alternatives. But the brutal truth is that he is not improving as a captain, and that here, as Michael Vaughan pointed out, England looked like a bunch of individuals.

Jos Buttler made 34 of 111 balls before he was thrown after a leave by Josh Hazlewood

Jos Buttler made 34 of 111 balls before he was thrown after a leave by Josh Hazlewood

Jos Buttler made 34 of 111 balls before he was thrown after a leave by Josh Hazlewood

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

No worries for Australia. They were in absolute turmoil after the sandpaper scandal and seemed to have little chance of participating in this Ashes series, let alone keeping it.

It was then that Paine and coach Justin Langer started the recovery and although the Tasmanian is an unlikely Ashes winning captain, it would be difficult to mislead him in this moment of triumph.

He can retire after the oval has been completed.

Meanwhile, Root should consider losing the ashes both at home and on the road. And that is a sobering thought for him and an English hierarchy who had always gambled with this series when they gave priority to the World Cup this year.

Unfortunately, that gamble fell on Sunday and there was no third super Sunday cricket match this summer to participate in the tumultuous World Cup final at Lord and the extraordinary third test event in Leeds.

The happiness of England finally ran out.

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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