Australia beat England by 185 runs on the fourth Ashes Test at the Old Trafford cricket ground to retain their title on Sunday, September 8th.
England were set a target of 383 but were bowled out at 197 following a magnificent performance from the world's top ranked bowler Pat Cummins. The 26-year-old managed to take 4-43 in 24 overs during the game.
It was Josh Hazelwood who got the winning bowl as his delivery took Craig Overton was judged as lbw. A review confirmed that shot was lbw (leg-before-wicket) as the Aussies celebrated retaining their title.
England had their share of bad luck which contributed to their downfall, as Ben Stokes was taken out after making just one when Cummins's delivery struck his inside edge and was caught by Tim Paine. The 28-year-old did not even wait for the umpire signal before leaving the play.
A win or a draw in the final Test, which starts on Thursday, September 12th, will ensure Australia win their first test series in England in 18 years.
AFP reported that England captain Joe Root was disappointed with the defeat but proud of his team's fight. "I'm bitterly disappointed," he told BBC Radio. "I thought the way we fought today, the character we showed, every single one of them can be proud of that today.
"To come so close to taking it to the Oval is hard to take. We've still got to look forward and make sure we level the series.
He also praised Australia's batsman Steve Smith who has been the star of the series. "Steve Smith has played very well," he said. "He's a world-class player. You need to take any chance you get at him early. The first Test is probably the difference between the two sides.
AFP reported that Smith spoke of his delight to secure the victory. "It feels amazing to know the urn is coming home," former captain Smith told Sky Sports.
"I've been here a few times when things haven't gone our way," he added. "This was always one to tick off my bucket list. It's extremely satisfying.