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Australia's Matthew Wade slides to hold his ground during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

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England's Sam Curran celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's captain Tim Paine during the second day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.

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England's Joe Denly leaves the pitch after he is caught by Australia's Steve Smith off the bowling of Australia's Peter Siddle during the third day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

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Australia's Marcus Harris is bowled by England's Stuart Broad during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

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Australia's Steve Smith leaves the pitch after he is caught by England's Ben Stokes off the bowlng of England's Stuart Broad during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

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Australia's Matthew Wade celebrates scoring a century (100 runs) during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

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England players celebrate after winning the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

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England's Joe Root, left, and Australia's Tim Paine hold the trophy during the presentation ceremony on the forth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. England won the fifth test by 135 runs to draw the series but Australia will retain the ashes trophy.

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Australia's Tim Paine, centre, holds up the Ashes Urn during the presentation ceremony on the forth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. England won the fifth test by 135 runs to draw the series but Australia will retain the ashes trophy.

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Australia's Tim Paine kisses the Ashes Urn during the presentation ceremony on the forth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. England won the fifth test by 135 runs to draw the series but Australia will retain the ashes trophy.

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Australia's Steve Smith leaves the pitch after he is caught by England's Ben Stokes off the bowlng of England's Stuart Broad during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London.

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Australia's Matthew Wade celebrates scoring a century (100 runs) during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London.

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England's Jack Leach celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Tim Paine during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London.

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England players celebrate after winning during the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London.

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Australia's cricket team poses for photographers with the Ashes Urn after the forth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London.

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Australia's Tim Paine, centre, holds up the Ashes Urn during the presentation ceremony on the forth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London. England won the fifth test by 135 runs to draw the series but Australia will retain the ashes trophy.

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England's Joe Root, left, and Australia's Tim Paine hold the trophy during the presentation ceremony on the forth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London. England won the fifth test by 135 runs to draw the series but Australia will retain the ashes trophy.

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Australia's Steve Smith, second left, celebrates catching England's Chris Woakes during the third day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London.

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England's Jos Buttler plays a shot off the bowling of Australia's Mitchell Marsh during the third day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London.

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Australia's Pat Cummins appeals unsuccessfully during the first day of the fifth Ashes test match between England and Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London.

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Steve Smith is possibly bent upon emulating the Don in the 1930 Ashes. Since he’s on the mark, he’s entitled to a bit of fun. After the Old Trafford win, he donned glasses and let out a roar. Irate English fans read it as a slur on Jack Leach, who stuck it out with Stokes at Head­­ingley. Scream on, Smith doesn’t care.

Josh Hazlewood struck the final blow as Australia beat battling England by 185 runs on a tense final day of the fourth Test at a raucous Old Trafford to retain the urn.

Australia's Josh Hazlewood celebrates taking the wicket of England's Jos Buttler during day five of the fourth Ashes cricket Test match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England.

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Australia players celebrate after a review confirms the dismissal of England's Jonny Bairstow LBW during day five of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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Australia players celebrate after winning the fourth test and retaining the Ashes during day five of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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Australia's Pat Cummins, no. 30, celebrates with teammates after dismissing England's Jason Roy during day five of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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Australia's Steve Smith bats during day four of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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Australia missed the run out of Jack Leach, the England No. 11, and had a great shout for LBW against Stokes turned down having already wasted their second review. An emotional Stokes made Australia pay, hitting Pat Cummins through cover for a boundary four to complete a thrilling win.

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Stokes continued to bat sensibly, reaching his second century of the series.

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After Root (77) got out early on Day 4, Stokes and Jonny Bairstow (not in pic) batted through valiantly, the former taking 83 balls to reach double figures, but England fell apart in the afternoon.

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In reply, England's Joe Root and Joe Denly scored battling half-centuries but Australia remained on course to retain the Ashes after Hazlewood (not in pic) struck twice on Day 3.

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A third successive half-century from Labuschagne (80) helped Australia post 246 in their second innings, setting England a mammoth target of 359.

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England's batting frailties were once again exposed as they bundled out for 67. For Australia, seamer Josh Hazlewood took five wickets.

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Jofra Archer starred for England, returning figures of 6/45.

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Marnus Labuschagne was the other Aussie batsman to hit a fifty. He fell for 74.

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After being asked to bat, Australia failed to get going and were bowled out for 179. Opener David Warner scored 61 - ending a run of four consecutive single-figure scores in the Ashes.

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Ben Stokes hit a stunning unbeaten century as England defeated Australia by one wicket to win an epic third Test at Headingley on Sunday (August 25) and kept the Ashes alive.

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England's Jack Leach and Ben Stokes, right, celebrate victory on day four of the third Ashes cricket Test match against Australia at Headingley, Leeds, England.

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England's Ben Stokes celebrates victory on day four of the third Ashes cricket Test match against Australia at Headingley, Leeds, England.

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A half-century from Smith's replacement Marnus Labuschagne proved valuable as Australia drew the second Test and maintained their 1-0 lead.

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Archer had a fantastic debut, finishing with five wickets.

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Archer provided England early optimism when he removed David Warner and Usman Khawaja early.

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Rain prevented play from starting for 70 minutes (on Day 5) before Ben Stokes' century took England to 258/5d, setting the visitors a target of 267.

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Smith did not return to the field at the start of the fifth day and Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed the former captain will sit out the rest of the Test because of concussion.

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Smith, who was nearing a century, got injured after being struck on the neck by a fierce delivery from Jofra Archer, though returned to bat on Day 4. The 30-year-old was eventually dismissed on 92, as Australia made 250 all out - eight shy of England's first-innings total. The hosts then extended their lead to 104 by the close of play.

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In reply, Australia were in trouble at 102/5 before Steve Smith's half-century revived their innings.

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Pat Cummins also grabbed three scalps to restrict England to 258.

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After rain washed out first day's play, Australia, on Day 2, won the toss and opted to field. Josh Hazlewood, who replaced James Pattinson, took three wickets.

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Australia's Steve Smith receives treatment after being hit on the arm by a ball bowled by England's Jofra Archer during play on day four of the 2nd Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Lord's cricket ground in London.

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David Warner celebrates with his children Australia's big win over England.

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Steve Smith was named the Player of the Match for his two centuries (144 and 142).

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Tim Paine's side head to Lord's with a 1-0 lead, having ended an 18-year wait for an Edgbaston win across any format.

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Lyon finished with 6/49, becoming the fourth Australian to rack up 350 Test wickets.

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Moeen Ali (not in pic) fell to Lyon for the ninth time in 11 Ashes knocks when caught in the slips for four to leave England in all sorts of trouble.

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Nathan Lyon was dangerous on the wearing pitch and he had Joe Denly (11) (not in pic) caught off bat and pad by Cameron Bancroft at short leg. The Australia pair combined again to dismiss Joe Root (not in pic) for 28.

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Set a target of 398, England got off to a poor start on Day 5 with Pat Cummins removing Rory Burns (not in pic) cheaply.

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England's Jonny Bairstow after being dismissed by Australia's Pat Cummins during day five of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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Australia's David Warner celebrates with his children after Australia beat England by 251 runs during day five of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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Australia players celebrate after beating England by 251 runs during day five of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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England's Rory Burns, left, celebrates after scoring fifty runs, as captain Joe Root looks on during the second day of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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England's Ben Stokes, right, and Rory Burns take a run during the second day of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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Australian cricketers celebrate the dismissal of England's Jos Buttler during the second day of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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England's Rory Burns celebrates after scoring a century during the second day of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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Australia's James Pattinson celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of England's Jason Roy during the second day of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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Australia's Usman Khawaja bats during day one of the first Ashes Test cricket match. Since making his return from injury, Khawaja also fell to pressure from the English bowlers just like Warner, Cameron Bancroft.

England's Stuart Broad celebrates after the dismissal of Australia's David Warner. Warner could only notch two runs off 14 balls.

Steve Smith was his side's star. With his 144-run knock, he managed to anchor Australia to 284 (all out).

England's cricketers celebrate the dismissal of Australia's Peter Siddle during day one of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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England's cricketers celebrate after a successful review decision for the dismissal of Australia's Matthew Wade by Chris Woakes, back to camera, during day one of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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Australia's Steven Smith celebrates after scoring a century during day one of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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England's cricketers congratulate Chris Woakes, second right, for the dismissal of Australia's Travis Head during day one of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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England's cricketers celebrate after Stuart Broad, right, dismissed Australia's Cameron Bancroft during day one of the first Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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England captain Joe Root, left, and Australia's captain Tim Paine pose with the Ashes urn before the first Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The first Test match starts Thursday Aug. 1 at Edgbaston.

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Australia coach Justin Langer gestures during a press conference at Edgbaston.

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Steve Smith was Australia's top run-getter (687) in the last Ashes series in 2017-18.

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Ben Stokes will be key to England's chances at the Ashes.

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England have not been beaten in an Ashes series on home soil since 2001.

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