Steve Smith dons spectacles, shares photo with Jack Leach
When the ashes came to an end, Australian batsman Steve Smith and England spinner Jack Leach shares a photo inside the dressing room. Leach, who has become a household name through his antics with glasses posing with Smith, who was also seen wearing glasses.
England Cricket’s official Twitter account shared the image and subtitled the post as “A Great Success of All Time, and Steve Smith. Congratulations on an incredible series of ashes stevesmith49. Leachy loves glasses.”
England defeated Australia in game five by 135-runs on Sunday, but despite the victory, the English team lost the ash urn to Australia. The series ended with a 2-2 draw, and as Australia beat England in the 2017/18 series, Down Under’s team retained the ash urn.
Smith had an exceptional series with the bat by scoring 774 runs, scoring the most runs in a series this century, while Leach managed to cut nine wickets throughout the series.
Leach also participated in the match-winning association with Ben Stokes in the third test match at Headingley.
This is the first time in 47 years that the ashes ended in a draw. The last series that ended as a tie between England and Australia was in 1972.
Since the beginning of this century, both England and Australia have managed to win the ballot box five times each.
After setting a target of 399, Australia faced 263 runs in the final innings. Matthew Wade was the Australians’ top scorer, playing a 117-stroke run, while Stuart Broad scalded four pitches for England.
Despite losing the Test match, Australia managed to retain the “Ashes” as they had won the last series Down Under in the 2017/18 season.
Archer received the Man of the Match award for bursting six wickets in the first innings of the match.
Australian batsman Steve Smith received the Australian Series Man award, while Ben Stokes received the England Series Man award.
Stokes showed a full performance, scoring 440 runs with the bat and taking eight wickets with the ball.
Australia won the first test of the series by 251-runs in Birmingham.
The second match at Lord’s ended as a draw, and Stokes’ heroics in the third Headingley Test match helped England level the series at 1-1.
However, Australia returned strongly in the fourth event, as it won the match by 185 runs to retain the ashes.
The Down Under team will face Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I series, while England will face New Zealand in a five-match T20I series and a two-match test series.