The English batsman continued to dig in, with Jos Buttler and Craig Overton making it to the tea break to give their side a glimmer of hope. The partnership lasted 20 overs until Buttler misjudged an in-swinger from Josh Hazlewood who rattled his off-stump.
Jofra Archer couldn’t hang around as he copped a ball that kept low, wrapping him on pads, but Jack Leach once again showed his defensive capabilities batting for over an hour with Craig Overton to take the game into the final 15 overs. The fight from the home side brought the crowd into the game as the overs ticked down.
In an attempt to get the breakthrough, Aussie skipper Tim Paine produced a masterstroke by bringing on part-time leg spinner Marnus Labuschagne. The 25-year-old, who only came into the side at Lord’s as a concussion replacement for Steve Smith, produced a spinning, bouncing leg-break catching Leach of guard and he popped the ball up to short-leg.
Despite a magnificent knock from Craig Overton, he wasn’t able to save England as he was wrapped on the pads by Josh Hazlewood. He was given out on field and a review confirmed the ball was hitting the stumps to hand Australia victory and little urn.
Despite the result, there is still plenty of play for as the series heads to The Oval for the fifth and final Test. Australia will be looking to win the Ashes outright while England will be out to level the series.
The 5th Test starts on Thursday 12th September at 8PM AEST.