It was a very lucky day for the English team as the rain helped them to retain the Ashes trophy. On the fifth day of the 3rd Test match the England team looked to be in trouble after losing the wickets of Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen at just 37 runs. The England team was desperately try to bat out the day in order to draw the match. It may have been difficult for them so the weather of Manchester came to their help. Shortly after the lunch the rain started and the hopes of Australian team to get a series saving win got dried with it.
The England team has won the Ashes for the third straight time since 2009. This has only happened second time in the history of Ashes series. As England has already won the first two matches and has the 2-0 lead in the series of 5 Test matches so Australia cannot win back the trophy even after winning the last two matches.
The England cricket team captain said:
“It’s an anticlimax in one way today, the feeling in the dressing room is a pleasant one. We wanted to retain the Ashes and now we want to go and win it.”
“We are just frustrated that we didn’t get the whole match in,” Clarke said. “It would have been a classic test match – it would have been a great finish today.”
After losing the first two matches at Trent Bridge and Lord’s the Australian team had came back strong in this match and looked to be favorite to win but the rain just washed away all their hopes. The England players waved to the crowd in the ground after retaining the Ashes but the fans did not seemed too much happy with this kind of result of a thrilling match. The Australian captain Micheal Clarke was declared as man of the match for his 187 runs in the first innings.
England team has been in good form in this series but the Australian team has made a very impressive comeback in the last match that they may had won if rain would not have stopped the game. So we can expect that Australia will keep their good comeback going and try to atleast level the series with 2-2 in order to get some revenge.