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Day 5

693dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

England retain Ashes on rainy day

England will keep the Ashes for the next five months at least after Manchester's weather proved a far more impassable barrier to Australia's bowlers than the hosts' top order batting on a grey final day at Old Trafford

693dMark Nicholas

Damn the weather, but Australia turn a corner

After the humiliation of Lord's, Australia refocused their game and, if it hadn't been for the weather, would probably have won in Manchester. That bodes well for the remainder of the Ashes

693dBrydon Coverdale at Old Trafford

Australia show their truer colours

The recent run of defeats has made people think Australia are worse than they are. Old Trafford was a fairer reflection on their standing, but they must continue to improve over the rest of this series

693dJarrod Kimber at Old Trafford

Still reasons for Clarke to smile

Australia were always going to lose this Ashes. A victory in this Test wouldn't change that. But just by winning this Test they could have proved something to themselves

693dGeorge Dobell and Brydon Coverdale at Old Trafford

Review it again, Kumar

Plays of the day as England retained the Ashes with a watery draw

Day 4

693dBrydon Coverdale

Cricket retreats to dark ages

An arbitrary decision about when it is safe to play has endangered Australia's chances of reclaiming the urn

693dDevashish Fuloria

Have Hot-Spot shares? Sell them

On a slow day on which everything was seemingly robbing Australia of precious time, the umpires called off play on the fourth day of the third Test early due to bad light

693dJarrod Kimber at Old Trafford

Australia still don't make much sense

If the rain holds off Australia could still win this Test and keep the Ashes alive, but a lot of their decisions continue to suggest confused thinking

693dBrydon Coverdale at Old Trafford

Warner laughs at Root repeat

David Warner saw the lighter side of his dismissal on Sunday, when he sent a delivery from Tim Bresnan to Joe Root at deep square leg

693dGeorge Dobell at Old Trafford

Prior open to non-neutral umpires

Matt Prior has suggested he would welcome England and Australian umpires officiating in Ashes Tests in an attempt to eradicate the errors that have marred the Investec Ashes series

693dGeorge Dobell at Old Trafford

Good but not great

Although the Ashes are almost within their grasp, there are obvious areas in which this England side can improve

693dGeorge Dobell, Jarrod Kimber and Brydon Coverdale

Australia's Pratt moment

Plays of the day from the fourth day at Old Trafford

693dDavid Hopps at Old Trafford

Declare and be damned

There is nothing like poor weather and trying to gauge a declaration to mess with a cricketer's mind - just for once Michael Clarke should have asked the journalists instead

Day 3

693dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Australia maintain grip despite Pietersen ton

Kevin Pietersen scored a fighting century but Australia's bowlers worked their way through the line-up to maintain hopes of the victory required to stay alive in the series

693dJarrod Kimber

Nathan, meet Kevin

Nathan Lyon stayed relatively cool in the face of a typical Kevin Pietersen assault but it led to his removal from the attack

693dMark Nicholas at Old Trafford

KP stocks still on the rise

The Old Trafford bars emptied to witness some Kevin Pietersen magic - let us hope there is still more to come

693dBrydon Coverdale at Old Trafford

Bowlers ready for some heavy lifting

Michael Clarke may have a tricky decision to make over the follow-on but, after an impressive day and with the Ashes at stake, the attack must continue to front up

693dGeorge Dobell at Old Trafford

Pietersen restates value to England

In the process of becoming England's most prolific run-scorer in international cricket, Kevin Pietersen re-emphasised his singular talent

693dGeorge Dobell at Old Trafford

Pietersen avoided surgery to play Ashes

Kevin Pietersen has claimed that he almost missed the back-to-back Ashes series due to the knee injury he sustained in New Zealand

Day 2

693dBrydon Coverdale at Old Trafford

I backed Warner's judgment 100% - Clarke

Michael Clarke has said he backed David Warner's decision to review his dismissal from a thick outside-edge despite telling Warner he thought the ball had made contact with the bat.

693dESPNcricinfo staff

"He loves being the villain"

David Warner's decision to review an obvious edge off his bat to Jonathan Trott, has been met with much ridicule and criticism from the fans, pundits and players alike, and his eventual dismissal was met with a wave of boos from the Old Trafford faithful

693dDavid Hopps at Old Trafford

Warner revels in panto villain debut

Australia's moustachioed cricketing pugilist made an appropriately comedic decision to review his dismissal, to the delight of the Old Trafford crowd

693dBrydon Coverdale at Old Trafford

Bowlers finally given something to work with

Australia know their attack is their strength but feeble batting at Trent Bridge and Lord's made the bowlers redundant. Now is the time for Lyon and company to prove their worth.

693dGeorge Dobell at Old Trafford

No time for trepidation from England

England's attack, now including three bowlers with more than 200 wickets, is an outstanding unit despite their toil at Old Trafford but the focus shifts to the batsmen with a Test match to save

693dGeorge Dobell, Jarrod Kimber and Brydon Coverdale

Booed on, laughed off

Plays of the day from the second day between England and Australia at Old Trafford

Day 1

693dESPNcricinfo staff

Ashes Highlights: Durham, Day 1

Watch highlights as England won the toss and chose to bat first on the first Day of the 4th Ashes Test

693dESPNcricinfo staff

Ashes Highlights: Durham, Day 3

Watch highlights as England won the toss and chose to bat first on the third Day of the 4th Ashes Test

693dAndy Bloxham

Banterin' with the enemy

The Aussies are finally batting, umpires are making howlers, and Trott's temper is given a work out. Ah to be at Old Trafford...

Others

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Controversies overshadow quality of cricket

Michael Vaughan, writing for the Telegraph, bemoans the DRS, and Paul Hayward explains why Alastair Cook can't count himself as a great captain yet. Aaron Timms of the Guardian labels David Warner as a "Kuta Beach backpacker" that the team could do with

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Looks new, still feels Old Trafford

A redeveloped Old Trafford, clad in the Lancashire red, made its presence felt after an eight-year hiatus from Test cricket without trading in its traditional feel writes Barney Ronay in the Guardian

693dEd Smith

England's magnificent seven

They may not possess Botham-standard superstars, but more than half their team consists of formidable players

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What ails Watson?

Malcolm Knox in the Age chronicles factors, both on-field and off-field, that might be affecting Shane Watson's form

693dAndrew Hughes

Rain stops hype

Watching desperate cricketers watching the rain with a prayer on their lips is always moving

England 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0AN CookJE Root
2nd15IJL TrottJE Root
3rd12KP PietersenJE Root
4th10IR BellJE Root