The Ashes 2023: Australia retain the urn after rain ensures fourth Check ends in draw

Rain falls at Old Trafford on the final day of the fourth Ashes Test

Play was called off at 17:25 BST following persistent rain all day at Old Trafford
Fourth LV= Insurance Ashes Test, Emirates Old Trafford (day five of five):
Australia 317 (Labuschagne 51, Marsh 51; Woakes 5-62) & 214-5 (Labuschagne 111; Wood 3-27)
England 592 (Crawley 189, Bairstow 99*; Hazlewood 5-126)
Match drawn, Australia lead series 2-1 and retain the Ashes

England’s hopes of an Ashes comeback were heartbreakingly ended by rain that left the fourth Test as a draw and ensured Australia retain the urn.

On a hugely frustrating and disappointing fifth day at Old Trafford, persistent bad weather prevented a single ball from being bowled.

There was a brief gap that allowed a start to be scheduled for 13:00 BST, only for the rain to return.

It meant England did not get a chance to push for the final five wickets they needed to force a win. Australia remained on 214-5 in their second innings, 61 runs behind the home side.

At 2-1 up with only one match to play, holders Australia will at…