Manchester (England) | Jagran Sports Desk: Australia on Sunday won the fourth Test against England and retained the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001 following their emphatic win in Manchester.

They defeated England by 185 runs in the fourth Test at the Old Trafford on Sunday, thus taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the Ashes 2019.

Thus fans and former players congratulated Tim Paine and his team on social media for retaining the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001.

Here’s how the twitterati reacted:

The 30-year-old Steve Smith, who scored 82 runs in the second innings of the fourth Test of the ongoing Ashes on Saturday, has been having an exceptional series. He has amassed 671 runs and has become the second-fastest batsman to register 26 Test centuries.

In the first innings of the match, he scored a double ton, enabling Australia to post 497 on the board.

The team then bundled out England for 301 to gain a lead of 196 runs.

In the second innings, Australia was in a spot of bother at 44/4, but Smith played a vital 82-run knock to enable the side to declare at 186/6, setting England a target of 383 runs.

Paine was able to contribute himself in the second innings as he scored a half-century. He has become the first captain to retain the Ashes in England since Steve Waugh in 2001.

In the final innings, England's wickets kept on falling at regular intervals but Australia had to toil hard to take the final two wickets.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma