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Last Updated: Monday August 15 2005 18:00 GMT

Cricket: Amazing Test ends drawn

England bowler Steve Harmison

The third Ashes Test has ended in a draw after a thrilling final day left England one wicket short of victory.

Australia's last two batsmen were able to survive the final few overs from England with some brave batting.

The Australian captain Ricky Ponting scored a superb 156 that went a huge way to saving the match for his team, but his late wicket gave England hope.

Andrew Flintoff took four wickets for England at Old Trafford, leaving the five-Test series level at 1-1.

Australia had been set 423 to win the match, more runs than any team has ever scored in a fourth innings to win a Test.

Ashes battle
The Ashes urn

England needed to take all 10 wickets to earn victory themselves, and fell agonisingly short.

In England's first innings skipper Michael Vaughan made 166 as the side scored 444, before bowling Australia out for 302.

Andrew Strauss then also scored a century for England in the second innings to set up the final day, but the tourists battled brilliantly to survive and avoid defeat.