With weather support, Australia limps to a draw in the fifth Ashes test

By Saurabh Sahni on Sep 2, 2013 | The Ashes 2013
The proceedings of the fifth and final test of the first of the successive Ashes series of this year have been marred by rain on a regular basis and the last day was also no different. On the back of brisk century by Shane Watson and maiden century by Steven Smith, Australia declared their first innings on a mammoth score of 492. Though English batsmen shared scores evenly, they fell short by more than 100 runs against the Australian total in their first innings. Under ideal conditions, Australia would have reached to victory.

However, the weather intervened and ate over a day and half of the fifth test. This forced Australia to make 111 runs in just 23 over to give England an enticing target of 226 in around 45 over. The English batsmen took to the field with purpose and pursued the target voraciously. At a time, fourth victory for English captain Alastair Cook in the five match Ashes series seemed imminent, with England requiring only 36 runs in 36 balls and 6 wickets in hand.

However, it was time for Australia to reap benefit from bad weather. Michael Clarke literally stood ground against field umpire Dharmasena to halt play on grounds of bad light. This provided an ironical change of position for Michael Clarke and Bad Weather as against what happened in third test. Eventually, Match went drawn. England took home the coveted Urn with a victory margin of 3 – 0, Shane Watson being Man of the Match.
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