Cricket legends react to Australia retaining the Ashes
Australia have retained the Ashes after winning the fourth Test and going 2-1 up in the five-match series.
Tim Paine’s side secured an emphatic victory over England in the opening Test at Edgbaston before the second match at Lord’s ended in a draw.
Ben Stokes’ match-winning century steered England to an Ashes-saving victory at Headingley but Australia reasserted their dominance at Old Trafford to win by 185 runs in the final session of the game.
England can still draw the series with the final Test at The Oval starting on Thursday, but Australia will nonetheless take the urn back Down Under as the current Ashes holders.
Reacting to the victory, Australia great Shane Warne said: ‘What a moment for Australia and Justin Langer and his team.
‘They have done a great job and the players have executed. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been outstanding but Steve Smith was the real difference.’
Glenn McGrath, the legendary Australia bowler, added: ‘That’s a really good team performance by the Australians. They deserved to win.
‘Credit has to be given to Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Jos Buttler – they really toughed it out. To win this now, to bounce back after Headingley, it means a lot to Australia.’