The fourth test between England and Australia ended in a draw at Melbourne as the host successfully took the last day’s play for a draw and saved itself from an imminent defeat. Another vital fact about the last days was the occurrence of frequent downpour that could only make 44 overs of play possible today.
Just When England were sniffing victory, rain played spoilsport and Australia happily headed the match for a draw in the remaining overs. After losing Shaun Marsh (4), Australia’s scorecard came down to 178 for 4, and were really in troube, but Mitchell Marsh (29*)and Steven Smith (102*) stood like a wall and safely played the next 48th over extending over one and half session to secure draw.
Overall, this test will be remembered for Alastair Cook and Steve Smith’s brilliant batsmenship in tougher conditions. With one more test still remaining; some more good performance from England is expected. The fifth and final test of the Ashes Series 2017 will start from 4th January onwards at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.
Australia Have Won Ashes Series 2017
At present, Australia have already won the series 3-0. It would be interesting to see if reinvigorated England could salvage some pride at the last test in Sydney or not. Today morning, at the time of announcement of draw, Australia were playing at 263 for 4 with 99 runs lead.
England’s all attempts went in vain as Steve Smith’s brilliant century kept visitors’ on their toes. He hit one fantastic shot after another off James Anderson and Stuart Broad as the visitors looked fully clueless in front of him.
Credit also goes to Warner for negotiating the seam very astutely during the first hour of play alongside the Aussie skipper. David Warner (86) also showed his class playing another important knock for his team.
Right handed Smith raced to his landmark century with a single through point at the 122nd over just a few deliveries before the two captains shook hands agreeing for a draw.
Alastair Cook Vs Steve Smith Vs David Warner at Ashes
His well-crafted knock has six hits to the fence and facing 259 deliveries. It clearly reflects the kind of patience and persistence that he displayed throughout the innings.
Now, Steve Smith has 23 test centuries including six tons that he got this year itself. During this innings, he also accomplished a rare feat of hitting four consecutive tons in Melbourne. Only Sir Donald Bradman could do it previously before Smith. However, Alastair Cook was adjudged Man of the Match for his marathon knock.
Australia (327/10) : Warner: 103, Smith: 76, & 263/4 (Smith: 102*, Warner 86); Broad 4/51
England (491/10): Alastair Cook: 244, Root 61; Cummins 4/117
Result: The Match Ended in a Draw
(By: Atish Home Chowdhury)
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