Cricket: Ashes series, finale ends in dramatic draw

2013-08-25 23:02:42 | Al Muslim News
Cricket: Ashes  series, finale ends in dramatic draw

 

England and Australia drew the fifth Test as the Ashes series ended in a dramatic draw on the final day at The Oval on Sunday. England, set a target of 227 to win after Australia captain Michael Clarke's bold declaration, needed 21 more to win off 24 balls with five wickets left when the umpires decided the light, even with the floodlights on, was too dark to continue and ended the match at 7.35pm local time (1835GMT). The draw meant England, who'd already retained the Ashes, finished the five-match contest as 3-0 winners having triumphed in three successive Test series against Australia for the first time since the 1950s. Jonathan Trott (59) and Kevin Pietersen (62), who both scored their maiden Test hundreds in Ashes matches at The Oval in 2009 and 2005 respectively, kept England in sight of an improbable win, in a match where they had largely been outplayed, after Clarke closed Australia's second innings at 111 for six. This result saw Australia fail to win a single Test in an Ashes series for the first time since their 3-0 loss in England in 1977 and meant they'd failed to win a Test for the ninth match in a row following a 4-0 loss in India earlier this year. "It was slightly strange but I'm proud of the way the lads played and in the cold light of day we've won the Ashes 3-0," said England captain Alastair Cook at the presentation ceremony..

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