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Ashes 2019: Australian players celebrate retaining the urn by singing John Williamson’s True Blue

The elation of retaining the Ashes urn overflowed in the form of emotions and Nathan Lyon took the lead as the whole team sang John Williamson’s True Blue to celebrate the historic occasion which came after 2001.

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Australia lifts the Urn (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Australian team defeated England by 185 runs in the fourth Test in Old Trafford in Manchester to go 2-1 up in the five-match Ashes 2019 series and also retained the urn. Tim Paine, the skipper did what Ricky Ponting and Steve Smith couldn’t do and brought back the urn for the first time in England since Steve Waugh’s team in 2001.

The match was a one-man show basically, with Steve Smith making 211 and 82 in the two innings, as England skipper Joe Root and his bowlers kept trying a way to get him out before he did some serious damage. The right-hander already has 671 runs to his name in the three Tests, as he missed the third Test due to concussion and one innings at Lord’s due to the same reason. He regained his no.1 Test batsman ranking from Virat Kohli and is trying to build canyon between him and Indian captain in ranking tables.

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Australian team sings John Williamson’s True Blue to celebrate

Australia was ecstatic after the DRS call on the last wicket went their way, with Tim Paine being the most animated one and the team followed him in celebrations which included an impromptu pushup session on the field itself.

“It feels amazing to know the urn is coming home. Incredibly special. I have been here a few times; things haven’t gone our way and we haven’t performed to our best of ability in 2013 and 2015. To come back here, I always wanted to tick off my bucket list to get the urn over here. Obviously, there is another game and we would like to win that. Extremely satisfying,” Man of the Match Steve Smith was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

The elation of retaining the Ashes urn overflowed in the form of emotions and Nathan Lyon took the lead as the whole team sang John Williamson’s True Blue to celebrate the historic occasion which came after 2001. This was a pure show of emotion from a team that had struggled to do well in 2018 but has turned it around in 2019 with some help from a returning Steve Smith.

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