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Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke rueful after weather denies Australia at Old Trafford

Michael Clarke looks to the heavens as rain forces the players off on day five

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Michael Clarke admitted his man-of-the-match award at Old Trafford was little consolation after rain ruined Australia's hopes of victory in the third Ashes Test.

England were in deep trouble on 37-3 in their second innings, but only three balls were possible after lunch and the resulting draw was enough for Alastair Cook's side to retain the Ashes.

"That's the price you pay if you go 2-0 down in England, there's always a chance of a bit of rain and we've paid the price."

Michael Clarke

Clarke picked up a magnum of champagne for his magnificent 187 in Australia's first innings, but he would gladly have swapped it for the chance to keep the series alive.

"I don't want to take anything away from England, they played good cricket and deserved to be 2-0 up," he said.

Chance

"That's the price you pay if you go 2-0 down in England, there's always a chance of a bit of rain and we've paid the price. But I'm proud of the way we've come out and fought in this Test match."

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Asked about his century, Clarke added: "It's always nice to make runs, don't get me wrong, and every hundred for Australia is something you're very proud of but the result makes it irrelevant.

"I'd rather make a duck and have won the Test match. I didn't feel fantastic (at the start of the innings) and had a little bit of luck.

"But it was nice to spend some time at the wicket, and it will be important to make more runs in the next two Test matches."

What will be the result of the fourth Ashes Test?

  • England win
  • Draw
  • Australia win

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