Cameron Green plays for Australia cricket team© AFP
Australian all-rounder Cameron Green admitted the tourists were let out of jail in the Ashes draw at Old Trafford. England dominated the fourth Test in Manchester, leading by 275 runs in the first innings. But only 30 overs were rained out in the last two days on Saturday and Sunday, and Australia held on for a draw. The result means Australia retain the Ashes as holders — a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth Test at The Oval this week. “I think we definitely got away from there,” Green, one of Australia’s not-out batsmen, told cricket.com.au website.
“There’s no point in denying it. When we were behind in the game, you never know what can happen, cricket is a funny game, but England dominated this one. We definitely got out of jail.”
The 24-year-old added: “We didn’t play our best game. The rain gods were in our favor the last couple of days. You just take it and move on to the next game.”
Green’s place at the Oval is under threat, with fellow all-rounder Mitchell Marsh in fine form and Australia mulling a recall for spinner Todd Murphy.
But whether he plays or not, Green has no doubt Australia will be fully focused on securing their first Ashes series win in England in 22 years.
Australia also led 2-1 when they went to The Oval four years ago, but England won in south London at the cost of some rousing celebrations before leveling the series 2-2.
“The last time they came here they had a win here (Old Trafford) to retain the Ashes, but this time it’s a bit different,” Green said.
“I’m sure a few people are hurting from last time. We’ll keep it level and look forward to the next game.”
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