ASHES: A damp and disappointing end at Old Trafford

The Australians regained some pride despite failing to win the Ashes for the third time in a row. Michael Clarke's new goal is to level the series and after Old Trafford, he's being taken more seriously.

Old Trafford, Manchester, England — Before the Old Trafford Test, Michael Clarke admitted that people would laugh at the idea, but he insisted that Australia could still regain the Ashes. After the debacle at Lord’s, people did indeed laugh, and the Ashes have been forfeited again; on day five in Manchester, the fine, wind-blown Lancashire rain set in and the third Test had to be abandoned as a draw at 4.39pm. England has retained the Ashes three times in succession now. But Australia leaves Old Trafford knowing that they played well enough to contemplate victory in the remaining Tests at Chester-le-Street and The Oval.

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