4 Aug 2009

Third Ashes test ends in draw

6:16 am on 4 August 2009

Australia have drawn the rain-affected third Ashes cricket test against England after batting throughout the final day at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Trailing by 113 runs on the first innings, the tourists reached 375 for 5 in their second innings although England still entertained hopes of winning when they had Australia 161 for 4.

But Michael Clarke scored an unbeaten 103 and Marcus North 96 in a match-saving partnership of 185 runs.

So England lead the 5-match series 1-nil with the fourth test coming at Headingley in Leeds.