The Ashes: Michael Clarke now has eyes set firmly on drawing series

The last time an Ashes series finished level was in England in 1972 and then Australia captain Ian Chappell credited that 2-2 campaign as the springboard for the several successful years that followed.

updated: August 06, 2013 08:13 IST
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Manchester: Australia captain Michael Clarke said drawing the Test series with England would still be a notable achievement after dreams of regaining the Ashes were washed away in Manchester.

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The tourists had to win at Old Trafford to regain the urn and were in a commanding position as England collapsed to 37 for three on Monday's final day after Clarke's declaration left them needing 332 to win.

But then rain prevented any further play and the match was abandoned as a draw with England, now 2-0 up with just two to play in the five-match series, assured of retaining the Ashes after wins by 14 runs and a mammoth 347 runs in the first two Tests at Trent Bridge and Lord's respectively. (Also read: Cook savours 'great if strange' Ashes success)

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