The fourth test match played between England and Australia in Sydney ended in a draw. With this, Joe Root’s team was saved from suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Kangaroos. The visiting team is trailing 3-0 in the five-match Test series and was in bad shape in the fourth Test as well. He was in danger of defeat, but his lower order batsmen, showing struggle, somehow got the match drawn. In the second innings, the England team scored 270 runs for 9 wickets. Stuart Broad remained unbeaten on 8 and James Anderson on 0.
Tailenders showed struggle:
Like the previous matches in the series, the England batsmen could not do much. Opener Jack Crawley played the highest innings of 77 runs for the team. Apart from this, Ben Stokes scored 60 and Jonny Bairstow, who scored a century in the first innings, scored 41 runs.
While captain Joe Root scored 24 and Jack Leach scored 26 runs. England had lost eight wickets on the last day with more than 10 overs left. In such a situation, it seemed that the Australian team would be able to win this Test as well, but Jack Leach and Stuart Broad batted almost 10 overs to save England.
With two overs left for the match to end, Jack Leach was dismissed. After this, once again there was hope in the Kangaroo camp, but James Anderson and Broad were not out. Thus the match ended in a draw.
Thrill of the third and final season:
In the third and final session of the fifth day, England’s innings started at 174/4. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow were at the crease. Stokes (60) is sent back to the pavilion by Nathan Lyon. Then there was 27.2 overs left to play. With 17 overs left in the day, Kangaroo skipper Pat Cummins added to England’s troubles by dismissing Jos Buttler (11). In the same over, Cummins dismissed Mark Wood (0) and England’s score was 218/7.
Fifth match from Friday in Hobart:
Bairstow and Jack Leach struggled for a while, but Scott Boland dismissed Bairstow (41). Now Australia were just two wickets away from registering a memorable win, while England had to bat in 10.2 overs to save the match. With three overs remaining, due to poor light, the umpires decided that only spinners could bowl.
Steve Smith came to bowl the attack and on the last ball of the 100th over he dismissed Jack Leach (26). In the end, Brad and James Anderson batted 2 overs to draw the match. Usman Khawaja was adjudged man of the match for scoring centuries in both the innings. Australia lead 3-0 in the five-match series and the fifth match, starting on Friday in Hobart, will be a day-night Test.
Brief scores: AUS: 416/8d and 265/6d
England: 294 and 270/9