In a dramatic turn of events at Old Trafford on Day 5, Australia managed to avoid defeat and retain the Ashes title. However, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that the team will not be completely satisfied with the result. Incessant rain in Manchester interrupted play, resulting in a drawn Test and denying England a chance to level the five-Test series. When the match was stopped, Australia was trailing by 61 runs with the loss of five wickets.
Reflecting on the game, Ricky Ponting expressed his thoughts to Sky Sports saying, “Australia will feel like they have been released from jail in this game. Even if they retain the Ashes, there will be a hollow feeling in the dressing room. Next week they will look to go one better than this week and win the series at The Oval.
The draw came as a relief to the Australian team as continuous rain on the fourth day restricted play to 30 overs. Marnes Labuschagne, in a crucial innings, scored a magnificent century and put on a vital 103-run partnership with Mitchell Marsh. However, their efforts ended when England skipper Joe Root dismissed Labuschagne.
Despite retaining the Ashes title, the Australian team under the captaincy of Pat Cummins will look to regroup and improve their performance ahead of the final Test at Kennington Oval. Their desire to secure a series win will be the driving force behind their preparations for the upcoming match.
The fifth and final Ashes Test will begin on July 27 at Kennington Oval.