Australia vs England 4th Test Match Draw: England’s lower-order batsmen took on Australia’s bowlers amid dimming light as the visiting team managed to draw the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday. Jack Leach (26), Stuart Broad (08 not out) and James Anderson (00 not out) saved England from defeat by batting the last 10 overs under extreme pressure.
Scott Boland (3 for 30), captain Pat Cummins (2 for 80) and Nathan Lyon (2 for 28) took Australia to the threshold of victory, followed by Steve Smith (one wicket for 10 runs). With two overs remaining, Leach was dismissed. However, the team could not get the last wicket in the last over. Broad and Anderson saved England from defeat by remaining two overs, which scored 270 for nine in 102 overs. The team was chasing a target of 388 runs. With this, the England team broke the sequence of three consecutive defeats in the current series.
England put up perhaps their most committed performance of the series with the bat as the match was headed for a draw but before the final hour Cummins took the lead by dismissing Jos Buttler (11) and Mark Wood (00) within three balls. done. At this time the team’s score was 218 runs for seven wickets in 85 overs. Boland, who made a great start in Test cricket, got the first-innings centurion Jonny Bairstow (41) caught by Marnus Labuschagne. This was Boland’s 14th wicket in the second Test.
Broad and Leach then kept Australia’s bowlers out of success for more than eight overs. Amidst the dim light, Australia had to bowl the last three overs with spinners Lyon and Smith. Smith got Leach caught by Warner but Broad and Anderson played the last two overs to draw the match.
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Earlier, despite the injury in the left side, Stokes scored 60 runs in 123 balls with the help of 10 fours and a six. He also scored 66 runs in the first innings. Lyon got Stokes caught by Smith at slips. Before the final hour, Cummins caught Butler and Wood leg before. Boland showed Bairstow the way to the pavilion but Leach, Broad and Anderson drew the match despite the presence of nine fielders around the bat. England’s team went ahead with 30 runs without losing any wicket but lost early in the morning session to openers Haseeb Hameed (09) and David Malan (04).
Wicketkeeper Alex Carey gave life to Hameed off Cummins’s ball but he could not take advantage of it and after adding just one run to his yesterday’s score, he was caught by Carey on Boland’s delivery. Lyon bowled Malan in his third over to make England’s score 74 for two.
Opener Jack Crowley took an aggressive approach. He completed his half-century in 69 balls with the help of eight fours. Crowley, however, got lbw off Cameron Green after scoring 77 off 100 balls with 13 fours. Joe Root (24) and Stokes put on 60 runs in 26 overs but Boland got the England captain caught by Carey before the tea break.