Draw means England Ashes dream is over
Written by First Choice Radio on 23 July 2023
Australia have retained the Ashes after the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford ended in a draw.
England’s bid to push for a series-levelling victory in the fourth Ashes Test has been ended by the Manchester rain, which wiped out the entire fifth day at Emirates Old Trafford.
Only 30 overs were possible on Saturday, where Australia advanced from 113 for four to 214 for five and although they are still 61 runs in arrears, they could be bailed out by the elements.
After persistent overnight showers left a saturated outfield, a planned pitch inspection at the scheduled start time of 11am on the final day never materialised because of a brief band of rain.
Another examination of the playing field took place at 12.15pm and, with an early lunch being taken five minutes later, there was hope of getting on as a start time of 1pm was announced.
However, as England’s players began warming up, the heavens opened once more, forcing them back indoors as the covers were hastily brought back on – seemingly the beginning of another frustrating delay.
It ends the possibility of a Kia Oval winner-takes-all decider on Thursday.
Published: by Radio NewsHub