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Saturday 21 October 2017

Swann's delight as England rain supreme

England's James Anderson (right) celebrates with Graeme Swann after taking the wicket of Australia's Brad Haddin, during day four of the Third Ashes test match at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
England's James Anderson (right) celebrates with Graeme Swann after taking the wicket of Australia's Brad Haddin, during day four of the Third Ashes test match at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

MANCHESTER'S infamous weather found some new fans yesterday as England retained the Ashes in a downpour at Old Trafford.

In a Test which had seen Australia on top almost all the way, the hosts were under considerable pressure during the morning when reduced to 37-3, while needing to bat out the day.

But the weather then intervened to see England end the day with an unassailable 2-0 series lead heading to Durham for the fourth Test on Friday.

"Many times I have cursed the rain in Manchester, but today I would take it home to meet my grandma and marry it," England spinner Graeme Swann tweeted.

Former captain Michael Vaughan posted a picture of the famous urn and the caption "RAINTAINED".

If a mid-afternoon abandonment was not the most dramatic way to retain the urn, it did not dampen celebrations in the England dressing room.

"We have retained the Ashes and it feels magnificent!!!" Stuart Broad tweeted.

Kevin Pietersen, whose first-innings century was key to England avoiding defeat and moved him past Graham Gooch as England's all-time leading run-scorer in internationals, added: "Ashes retained.. Wow! What a feeling.. Outstanding by this team to do it in 3 Tests..

"And.. Thank you for being so nice during this Test! It was an incredibly proud moment when I found out about the record.. More runs to come!"

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