England won the last and the final Test of the Ashes series at the Kennington Oval by 135 runs and levelled the series 2-2. The hosts bowled out Australia for 263 runs in the second innings of the Test match to get a spectacular win. Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade 117(166) smashed a hundred which helped Australia to give some fightback. For England, Jack Leach and Stuart Broad have been the star of the day. They both shared 4 wickets to finish Australia’s batting order. England off-spinner Jack Leach who has been trolled by the Australian cricketers a few days ago has picked up 4 wickets for 49 runs. Experienced Stuart Broad took 4 wickets for 62 runs.
Australia had already retained the series in the fourth Test when they secured 185-run win over England at the Old Trafford. It is the first time since 1972 when the Ashes series ended in a draw.
England started their second innings with a 69-run lead. With Joe Denly’s 94 and Ben Stokes’s 67 the hosts eventually finished their second innings after scoring 324. That gave Australia a massive task of chasing 399 runs to win the Test and the series.
Stuart Broad took the wickets of Marcus Harris and David Warner at early of the Australian innings to give a quick blow to the tourists. Just before lunch, Jhonny Bairstow stumped Marnus Labuschagne off the bowling of Jack Leach. The key wicket of in-form Steve Smith came after lunch when Stokes took a fine catch at the leg slip off Stuart Broad to dismiss the Australian middle-order pillar. England skipper Joe Root removed Mitchell Marsh before tea and soon after the break, Jack leach sent back the Australian skipper Tim Paine to the pavilion. However, Matthew Wade was the lone fighter for Australia. He hit a brilliant hundred before getting stumped by Bairstow off Joe Root.