England level the Ashes series at The Oval
Stuart Broad (4/62) and Jack Leach (4/49) took four wickets each while England produced a good field display on day four to level the series with a fifth Ashes test win by 135 Runs at the Oval against Australia and level the series by 2-2.
Chasing 399-runs to win, Australia restricted to 263, despite an exceptional century of Mathew Wade (117, 166b, 17 x 4, 1 x 6), when the wickets fell at the other end after Jonny Bairstow left him perplexed in the final session.
An entertaining series closed with an acrobatic capture of Joe Root to dismiss Josh Hazlewood, extending Australia’s 18-year wait for a series win in England.
England Brilliant Start to Get Rid of Australian Batsmen
England started with an enthusiastic note when Broad picked up both starters Marcus Harris (9) and David Warner (11) early. The layoffs allowed the Australian highlight of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuchagne (14) in the middle.
However, with Labuchagne falling to Leach and Broad picking up the former Australian captain for their lowest score in this series of 23, England’s victory was at stake.
However, Wade, who had a torrid time earlier in the series, had other plans, as the left-hander easily picked up gaps while keeping the kangaroos in pursuit of an incredible victory. Even Jofra Archer and Broad’s fiery bowling didn’t manage to break Wade’s stumps either.
However, the wicketkeeper-batsman lacked the support of his teammates, as one by one he fell to the pumped English bowling attack. While Mitchell Marsh (24) fell to Joe Root, Australian captain Tim Paine (21) continued his grim form by dropping to Leach.
Hope was still there, but with Wade being hit by Bairstow out of The Root bowling, it was only a matter of time before England pulled its tail.
Brief scores: England 294 and 329 beat Australia 225 and 263 (Mathew Wade 117; Stuart Broad 4/62, Jack Leach 4/49) for 135 runs.