Smith, Cummins sniff Ashes victory: 4th Test, Day 4 (Manchester)

Paceman Pat Cummins took two wickets in two balls late in the day to leave Australia on the brink of retaining the Ashes.

Chasing a target of 383, England lost Rory Burns and Joe Root to successive Pat Cummins deliveries to end at 18-2.

Earlier, Steve Smith defied a fiery spell from Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer to post 82, his lowest score in this series. This enabled Australia to declare at 186-6.

England 301 (Burns 81, Root 71, Hazlewood 4-57) and 18 for 2 trail Australia 497 for 8 (Smith 211, Labuschagne 67) and 186 for 6 dec (Smith 82) by 365 runs.

Sept 2019.


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