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Dhaka, Wednesday   19 January 2022

England cling on for draw on tense final day

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:12 PM, 9 January 2022   Updated: 04:36 PM, 9 January 2022

England cling on for draw on tense final day

England cling on for draw on tense final day

The way the English batting line-up has repeatedly broken down in the current Ashes, everyone thought that Australia would win the fourth Test as well. But England clung on for a tense draw on the final day of the fourth Test in Sydney to end Australia's hopes of an Ashes clean sweep. Usman Khawaja became player of the match following his twin centuries.

In reply to Australia's 388, England scored 270/9 before the final day's play called off. Australia are leading the five matches series 3-0.

The tourists were 13 balls from safety when Jack Leach edged Steve Smith behind, leaving it to Stuart Broad and last batter James Anderson to guide England home.

With the light fading and every Australia fielder around the bat, Broad and Anderson blocked out Smith and Nathan Lyon to secure a hard-fought draw, closing on 270-9.

England started the last day with overnight 30/0. After adding 16 runs on the day, opener Hasib Hamid returned to the dressing room scoring 9 off 48 balls.

David Malan (4 off 29 balls) and captain Joe Root (24 off 85 balls) also returned to the dressing room. Opener Jack Crawley made 77 runs off 100 balls. Johnny Bairstow and Ben Stokes tried for a while in the middle.

Ben Stokes hit 60 off 123 balls and Bairstow was dismissed for 42 off 105 balls. Jack Leach made 26 off 34 balls to bat at No. 9. In the end, Broad and Anderson drew the match unbeaten.

Boland continued his extraordinary start to Test cricket with 3-30, while captain Pat Cummins took two wickets in three balls to rattle England.

It was a thrilling end to an entertaining match, with England's players barely able to watch in the dressing room as Anderson played out the final over.

Brief Score:

Australia First Innings: 416/8 Dec (Usman Khwaja 137, Steven Smith 67; Stuart Broad 5/101)

England First Innings: 294/10 (Johnny Bairstow 113, Ben Stokes 66; Scott Boland 4/36)

Australia 2nd Innings: 265/6 Declare. (Usman Khawaja 101 unbeaten, Cameron Green 64; Jack Leach 4/84)

England 2nd Innings: 270/9 (Jack Crawley 77, Ben Stokes 60, Johnny Bairstow 41; Scott Boland 3/30)

Result: Match drawn.