England, Australia players celebrate hard-fought Ashes series with beers in dressing room

first_img Asian News International LondonSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 16:53 IST This picture was shared on social media by England Cricket’s official handleHIGHLIGHTSEngland beat Australia by 135 runs in 5th Test to level series 2-2This is the first time in 47 years that the Ashes ended as a drawAustralia retained the Ashes urn after winning the first and fourth Tests in the seriesAs the fifth and final Ashes Test came to an end, players from both England and Australia shared the dressing room and were seen chit-chatting about the intense battle that took place on the cricket field over the course of five matches.England defeated Australia in the fifth match by 135 runs, but despite the win, the Three Lions lost the urn to Australia. The series ended as a 2-2 draw, and as Australia had defeated England in the 2017/18 series, the team from Down Under retained the urn.England Cricket’s official Twitter handle shared the picture of players sharing a dressing room and captioned the post as “This is what Ashes cricket is all about! Which conversation would you join”.This is what Ashes cricket is all about!Which conversation would you join? pic.twitter.com/jHWdINQJ4mEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 16, 2019This is the first time in 47 years that the Ashes ended as a draw. The last series which ended as a draw between England and Australia was in 1972.Ever since the start of this century, both England and Australia have managed to win the urn five times each.After being set a target of 399, Australia was bundled out for 263 runs in the final innings. Matthew Wade was the top-scorer for Aussies as he played a knock of 117 runs whereas Stuart Broad scalped four wickets for England.Despite losing the Test, Australia managed to retain the Ashes as they had won the last series Down Under in the 2017/18 season.Archer was given the Man of the Match award for scalping six wickets in the first innings of the match.advertisementFierce competitors on the field, but so much respect between these two sides pic.twitter.com/fylX9HtWaDEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 16, 2019Aussie batter Steve Smith was given Australia’s Man of the Series award whereas Ben Stokes was handed England’s Man of the Series award.Smith had an exceptional series with the bat as he scored 774 runs, scoring the most number of runs in a series this century.On the other hand, Ben Stokes displayed an all-round performance, scoring 440 runs with the bat and taking eight wickets with the ball.The first Test of the series was won by Australia by 251 runs at Birmingham.The second match at Lord’s finished as a draw and Stokes’s heroics in the third Test at Headingley helped England level the series at 1-1.However, Australia came back strongly in the fourth Test as they won the match by 185 runs to retain the Ashes.The team from Down Under will next face Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I series whereas England will take on New Zealand in a five-match T20I series and two-match Test series.Also Read | Was cooked mentally and physically: Steve Smith looking forward to downtime after Ashes heroicsAlso Read | Jofra Archer thought he could rip my head off: Matthew Wade on facing the fired-up England pacerAlso Read | ICC Test Rankings: Steve Smith builds 34-point lead over Virat Kohli at the topAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Tim Paine feels he has ‘unfinished business’ as Test captainFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Next England, Australia players celebrate hard-fought Ashes series with beers in dressing roomPlayers from both teams were seen chilling inside the dressing room with beers in hand after the conclusion of the Ashes, which ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday.advertisementlast_img

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