Rain helps England keep hold of the Ashes

  • 5 August 2013
Dark skies above Old Trafford

England retained the Ashes by drawing the third Test as rain ended Australia's final-day push for victory at Old Trafford.

The Aussies were in a great position to win, having got rid of three of England's top batsmen, leaving them 37-3 chasing an unlikely target of 332.

But recurring showers kept the players off the field and the captains shook hands on a draw at 4:40pm.

It means England stay 2-0 up with two Tests left in the five-match series.

As a result England will keep hold of the Ashes urn, having won the past two series between the two sides.

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