Ponting hails 'relentless' bowlers as Australia retain Ashes

Ben Stokes walks after he was out to a Pat Cummins delivery

The world's top-ranked Test batsman, Smith has been in superb form this Ashes with 671 runs, including three hundreds, at an average of 134.20.

It was tense, it was nervous, but Australia have defeated England at Old Trafford in the fourth Ashes Test with a 185-run victory, and as a result, they have retained the Ashes.

Although England have already missed out on regaining the urn, they can still take pride out of attempting to avoid a series defeat. He is just a genius and I never had any doubt that he would come back and be the player that he was."The scary thing is he's getting better", he added.

"Everyone is talking about what impact he has had, but the whole bowling department has been absolutely outstanding".

Australia came to England determined to do everything they could to compensate for the possibility of having a fast bowler breaking down by including a quintet of pacemen in their squad whom they could rotate alongside off-spinner Nathan Lyon in a four-man attack.

Australia's bowling attack made sure of that, with Pat Cummins walking away with an impressive 4-43.

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"They were relentless in everything they did".

Smith recently took over the No. 1 ranking from Virat Kohli and has been applauded across the cricket fraternity for his heroics in the ongoing Ashes series.

A magnificent Ashes triumph in Old Blighty after 18 summers is exactly what Australian cricket needed to finally exorcise the ghosts of last year's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, feels Glenn McGrath.

Would it help if we said Craig Overton's doomed quest to overturn the wicket saw the Australian men's team retain the Ashes overseas for the first time in 18 bloody years?

"You can't fault the character and resilience of this England side".

"But the problem is they often find themselves 10 for two, 20 for two". I think that just goes to show you that's a load of rubbish.

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