The Aussies retain the urn in England for the first time in 18 years

The Aussies are celebrating retaining the Ashes in England, for the first time in 18 years.

Australia needed to take eight wickets on the final day of the fourth test, after Pat Cummins double blow the day before knocked out England’s opening batman Rory Burns and Captain Joe Root for ducks.

Steve Smith’s thrilling double century and second innings 82 were key contributors for the tourists.


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The bottom of the host’s batting order put up a fight in the final day though, beginning the day trailing the Aussies by 364.

Though with an hour left to play, Australia beat England by 185 runs, earning them the 2-1 series lead.

England could still level the series, but the Aussies retain the urn.

An emotional Aussie Captain Tim Paine says it’s an unbelievable feeling.

“It feels amazing to know the urn is coming home, I’ve been here a few times when things haven’t gone our way.

“This was always one to tick off my bucket list. It’s extremely satisfying. I didn’t think it would be this emotional.

“The amount of work that’s gone in to retain the Ashes has been enormous and I’m really proud of this group and how we bounced back from Headingley,” Paine said.

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