England players thank `spoilsport` Old Trafford rain following Ashes retention

Sydney, Aug 6 (ANI): As England retained the Ashes after rain forced an early end to the third Test at Old Trafford, many of its players celebrated and expressed happiness at the development on Twitter.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, British atheist Richard Dawkins, however, criticized the lack of sportsmanship after players rejoiced at rain stopping play.

Fast bowler Stuart Broad tweeted that it felt magnificent to have retained the Ashes while spinner Graeme Swann said that although he had cursed the rain in Manchester many times, today he would want to take it home to meet his grandma.

Meanwhile, Ian Botham expressed his happiness too and Michael Vaughan said Ashes 'raintained'.

Paul Collingwood asked in a song, why does it always rain on me, is it because I am an Aussie while the British Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated the team for their feat.

It was an anti-climax to what might have been a gripping afternoon but there was jubilation from England, who had thrashed Australia at Lord's and won narrowly at Trent Bridge, the report said.

Australia had dominated in Manchester, reducing England to 3-37 but three balls after the resumption from lunch, rain arrived, and their tilt at victory was over, the report added.

The match was abandoned in mid-afternoon, allowing England to retain the Ashes thanks to an unassailable 2-0 lead with two matches to play, the report further said. (ANI)

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