Host England produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Australia in the fifth and final Ashes Test played at Kennington Oval in London.
The home side managed to level the five-match Test series against Australia, courtesy splendid performances from Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Joe Denly. With this result, Australia missed a glorious chance to win a Test series in England since 2001.
The match turned out to be a perfect one for Joe Root, who captained his side to comfortable win to square the Test series. The game started with Australian Captain Tim Paine winning toss and opting to bowl first in decent batting conditions.
The start of the match was not a bright one for England, as they were reduced to 205 for 7 at one stage. However, brilliant quick-fire 70 runs from Jos Buttler guided Root’s men to a modest 294 runs in their first innings. Captain Joe Root also scored a crucial half-century and contributed well to the team’s cause
In reply, visitors were blown away courtesy six-for from pace bowler Jofra Archer and excellent support from Sam Curran as Tim Paine’s men were bowled out for 225 runs in 68.5 overs.
Steven Smith continued his rich vein of form with the bat and looked the standout batsman in the first inning for Australia. He finished the innings with the top score of 80 off 145 with the help of nine fours and a six.
Marnus Labuschagne once again chipped in with a crucial score and added vital runs with Steven Smith. He fell two runs of short of half-century and struck ten boundaries in his innings.
Hosts England produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to level the five-match Test series against Australia at Kennington Oval in London.
In the second innings, England produced a splendid display with the bat and were dismissed for 329 runs with the help of valuable contributions from opening batsman Joe Denly, who scored 94 off 206 balls with the help of 14 fours and a six.
All-rounder Stokes also raised his game with the bat and scored 67 off 115 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. Buttler once again made a telling contribution for England and help them post a daunting total of 399 runs for Australia to win the game.
For Australia, off spinner Nathan Lyon claimed four wickets, whereas all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, Peter Siddle and Pat Cummins claimed two wickets each.
Chasing a mammoth 399 runs in order to win the Test match and the series, the visitors were bowled out for just 263, as Stuart Broad and Jack Leach picked four wickets to see England win the game in the third session of fourth day’s play.
Middle-order Matthew Wade was the lone soldier for the Australians, as he scored stunning 117 runs off 166 balls with the help of 17 fours and a six. However, his efforts could not help Australia in saving the game as no other batsman from the visiting side abled to score in access of 30.
For England, Left-arm orthodox spinner Jack Leach finished with the splendid figures of four for 49 in 22 overs, For his six-wicket haul for England in the first innings, Pace bowler Jofra Archer was named man of the match.
For his outstanding contributions with bat and ball, all-rounder Ben Stokes was named of the series for England. Steven Smith was named player of the series for Australia after scoring 774 runs in five-match Test series.