Steve Smith flawless as Ben Stokes crashes back to Earth: Player ratings from fourth Ashes Test
Paul Radley runs the rule over the 22 players involved at Old Trafford
David Warner - 1. Bagged the first pair of his Test career, and now has three ducks in a row against Stuart Broad. All at sea. AFP
Marcus Harris - 2. A second match of low yields after coming in to the side to replace Cameron Bancroft. His bright start in Test cricket is fading into memory. Getty Images
Marnus Labuschagne - 8. Looked to be relishing his opportunity to bat alongside Steve Smith for the first time, as he made a fourth successive half-century in the first innings. And his wicket of Jack Leach was vital. Getty Images
Steve Smith - 9.5. Docked half a point on account of falling short of a century in the second innings. Only made 82. What was he thinking? Getty Images
Travis Head - 4. Like Harris, another who is not living up to expectations at present, with brief stays in both innings, as he made 19 and 14. Getty Images
Matt Wade - 6. Only made 34 in the second innings, but it was a timely counter-punch as he was Smith’s foil in a 105-run stand. Reuters
Tim Paine - 8. Much improved on Headingley – even if his use of DRS is still miles off the mark. Innings of 58 and 23 not out were his best return with the bat in the series. AP Photo
Pat Cummins - 9. The fact he was flogged into the ground by his captain in the second innings was a compliment to his unrelenting excellence. Somehow he still has not got a five-wicket haul in the series. Press Association
Mitch Starc - 7. Maybe short of his best, but he still made the most of the leftovers given to him by Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the first innings. Press Association
Nathan Lyon - 4. Wicketless in the first innings, and barely threatening when conditions assisted him in the second – although he may have been hindered by an injured spinning finger. Reuters
Josh Hazlewood - 9. Six for 88 in the match, with an economy rate of a tick over two. No wonder the wise old heads in the commentary box were acclaiming him and Cummins as being the equal of any of the best new-ball pairings Australia have had. AFP
Australia successfully retained the Ashes in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Sunday following a 185-run win over England.
There were a few nervy moments after some backs-to-the-wall batting from the England tail, but in the end Australia ran out comfortable and deserved winners.
Australia now have an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series, with just The Oval Test, starting on Thursday, to come. As such, England can still halve the series, but they are unable to regain the Ashes urn.
Reflecting on the Old Trafford Test, Paul Radley offers his take on each performance of the 22 players involved. To see the ratings from the victorious Australia side, click or scroll through the photo gallery above.
To see the ratings from the defeated England side, click or scroll through the photo gallery below:
Rory Burns - 7. Top-scored in England’s first innings with 81, as he continues to outscore all the other openers in this series, before a second innings duck. Press Association
Joe Denly - 7. Has shown twice now that he has a lot of courage in adversity. His place would be more secure if he could score some runs before it gets to that point, though. Getty Images
Joe Root - 6. Undone by superb bowling in either innings. The one that he got from Pat Cummins for his second innings golden duck was basically unplayable. Press Association
Jason Roy - 5. Lucky to profit from the decision to swap him and Denly around in the batting order, and showed some stickability in the second innings, but major flaws persist. Getty Images
Ben Stokes - 4. A real come down after what had gone before. Wicketless, a shoulder injury, and missed out twice with the bat. Credit at least for walking without being asked in the second innings. Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow - 5. He made starts in both innings, without making the sort of score that could have saved his side. Not for the first time of late. Getty Images
Jos Buttler - 6. His best showing of the series so far, but still some way short of his eyecatching best. In at No 8 in the first innings, which hardly helped. AFP
Craig Overton - 6. Just as he did in his first go at Test cricket, he showed he was admirable fighting qualities. Solid but unspectacular with the ball. Courageous with the bat. AFP
Jofra Archer - 6. Looked to be suffering from frostbite when bowling in the first innings. Bowled like fire in the second. England need more from him with the bat. Getty Images
Stuart Broad - 8. The pick of England’s bowlers, as he has been all series. He was rampant at the start of either innings, and might have expected his side to capitalise more than they did. AFP
Jack Leach - 5. Must be increasingly concerned that everyone wants to talk about his glasses and his batting more than his bowling. Having Smith’s first innings dismissal chalked off for a no-ball was inexcusable. AFP
Updated: September 8, 2019 10:52 PM