England retain Ashes in Australia after 24 years

Posted Dec 28, 2010 by Suneer Chowdhary
England beat Australia in the fourth Ashes Test match of the series at Melbourne to retain the urn. This was the first time in 24 years they did that in Australia.
England won their first ever Ashes in 24 years in Australia on the fourth day of the fourth Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia, who had ended the third day of the game, six wickets down, were bowled out on the fourth day of the fourth Test match to concede the game and in turn go down 2-1 in the five-match series.
Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were the not-out batsmen overnight but it did not take Chris Tremlett long to get rid of the latter. Haddin did get to his half century and kept the Engish side to bay for 100 balls with Peter Siddle. However, Siddle (40) and Ben Hilfenhaus fell pretty quickly after that and allowed the English to come out winners.
Earlier, Australia had been bowled out for 98 in the first innings before England replied back with 515 in their first essay. Australia scored 258 in the second innings to go down by an innings and 157 runs.
The last time the English side had won the Ashes in Australia was in 1986. By the virtue of taking this 2-1 lead, the best possible lead that the Aussies can now have is a 2-2 draw, which will still mean that England would have retained the Ashes because of their previous Ashes triumph.
The man of the match award went to Jonathon Trott for his unbeaten 168 that seemed to have sealed the Aussie fate in the first innings.