ASHES 2019: STEVE SMITH POWERED AUSTRALIA RETAINED SERIES

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Australia defeated England by 185 runs in 4th Ashes test, Ashes 2019 to be taken home by Australia

“Take Steve Smith out and we are very similar teams” said  England captain Joe Root after the match presentation ceremony. The Steve Smith factor has become too much for England to cope with in this Ashes series. England will have to wait another two years to regain the Ashes. Steve Smith powered Australia managed to retain the Ashes by winning the fourth test. Australia is now leading (2 – 1) the five-match series with one more match to be commenced from September 13.

England started their fifth day hoping another heroic from Ben Stokes or atleast a draw. But nothing could stop Australians from winning the match. Brief resilience from Joe Denly, Jos Buttler and Craig Overton could only delay their misfortune for a while. Even though there were a few fears in mind, Kangaroos looked unstoppable on a pace-favoring pitch. They did not allow English batsmen to express themselves freely, pressure was on England as they keep on losing wickets in regular intervals. Overton showed some heart in the end facing more than 100 balls, but a timely move from Australian Captain Tim Paine sent him to the pavilion. Pat Cummins led the bowling attack with four wickets, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood supported him very well taking two wickets each. Steve Smith walked away with the Man of the Match for scoring 293 runs which included a double ton (211) in first innings and a rapid 82 in second innings.

Now the mood is set for fifth and final test of the series. England will put up all their forces to set the equation right. Australia is all set to dominate and demoralize England further. If England can overcome the Smith factor, it is not so difficult to get rid of remaining Aussies batsmen. The spotlight is on Jofra Archer as he is the only potential weapon who can make Smith forget his rhythm.

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