England beat Australia to draw Ashes series 2-2

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England´s Chris Woakes (C) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia´s Mitchell Starc on day five of the fifth Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at The Oval cricket ground in London on July 31, 2023. — AFP
England´s Chris Woakes (C) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia´s Mitchell Starc on day 5 of the fifth Ashes cricket Check match between England and Australia at The Oval cricket floor in London on July 31, 2023. — AFP

England received the fifth Check at The Oval on Monday, defeating Australia by 49 runs to attract the Ashes collection by 2-2.

Australia, chasing a mammoth 384 to win, collapsed from 264-3 to 334 all out, with England’s retiring paceman Stuart Broad taking the ultimate wicket.

England did the majority of the injury when, after a rain break of greater than two hours, they took 4 Australia wickets for 11 runs in 19 balls.

Off-spinner Moeen Ali (3-76) and all-rounder Chris Woakes (4-50) led the way in which earlier than Broad, England’s all-time main Ashes bowler polished off the tail.

“It was completely great,” Broad informed Sky Sports activities. “I assumed Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali set the tone completely unbelievably.

“Woakesy picked up a few wickets, significantly Steve Smith, who has simply been a beautiful participant to play in opposition to all these years.

“As soon as we acquired a pair we actually began to imagine. The gang had been unbelievable. It was so loud and we simply jumped on the again of that. To contribute to the group with two wickets may be very particular.

“If you make that call you marvel what your final ball will likely be so to take a wicket to win an Ashes Check match is fairly cool.”

Australia, because the holders, had already retained the Ashes however they continue to be with out an Ashes collection win in England since 2001.

When play resumed after the rain delay, the vacationers had been 238-3, needing 146 extra runs for victory.

Steve Smith, dropped at leg gully by England captain Ben Stokes simply earlier than the interval, was 40 not out and left-hander Travis Head 31 not out.

Moeen triggers collapse

The pair had prolonged their fourth-wicket stand to 95 when off-spinner Moeen, in what may very well be his final Check look, turned a ball out of the tough.

Head, on 43, tried to drive, with Joe Root holding a routine catch at first slip.

Australia then misplaced their star batsman when Smith fell for 54, edging a wonderful full-length supply from paceman Woakes to Zak Crawley at second slip.

The vacationers slipped to 274-6 when Moeen had all-rounder Mitchell Marsh brilliantly caught by diving wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow earlier than Woakes and Crawley mixed to dismiss Mitchell Starc for a duck.

Captain Pat Cummins was subsequent to go, caught by Stokes off Moeen for 9.

However with Australia needing 55 to win, Broad, who on Saturday made a shock announcement that he would retire after the match, produced a superb supply to take tailender Todd Murphy’s exterior edge, with Bairstow holding one other tremendous diving catch to depart Australia on the point of defeat at 329-9.

Broad then had Carey edging behind just for Crawley to drop a troublesome low likelihood at second slip earlier than the 37-year-old ended his profession in fairytale trend by having the wicketkeeper caught behind.

Earlier, all-rounder Woakes, typically considered one of England’s unsung heroes, diminished Australia to 141-2 by eradicating openers David Warner (60) and Usman Khawaja (72) in a surprising burst of two wickets for one run in seven balls.

Categorical fast Mark Wooden then had Marnus Labuschagne caught within the slips for 13 to depart Australia 169-3.