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Australia vs England, 4th Test Match Summary

AUS vs ENG, 2017 - Test Summary

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Match Ended   
327&263/4 (124.2)
Australia drew with England
  • Player of the Match
    Alastair Cook
AUS 327/10
Bat Top Batsmen
103 (151)
  • 13x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 68.21SR
76 (156)
  • 8x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 48.71SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 1.82
28
OVERS
51/4
R/W
29
OVERS
61/3
R/W
ENG 491/10
Bat Top Batsmen
244 (409)
  • 27x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 59.65SR
61 (133)
  • 7x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 45.86SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 4.01
29.1
OVERS
117/4
R/W
30
OVERS
95/3
R/W
AUS 263/4
Bat Top Batsmen
102 (275)
  • 6x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 37.09SR
86 (227)
  • 8x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 37.88SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 0.33
3
OVERS
1/1
R/W
Bowler
ECON 1.83
24
OVERS
44/1
R/W
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That brings us to the close of the MCG Test. It promised a lot and it seemed like England have a good chance of winning the game but the hosts showed great temperament and composure to salvage a draw. The tourists have avoided a clean sweep and will be aiming to come out all guns blazing in the final Test in Sydney. Expect Australia to give it their all as well. Join us for the final Test on 4th January at 1030 local (2330 GMT, previous day) to catch all the action. Let's hope 2018 begins with a bang. Wish you all a Happy New Year in advance. Till then, cheers and enjoy!
Australia skipper, Steven Smith says that it is good to get a draw. Adds that Mitchell Marsh did a good job and ate up a lot of balls to help their cause. Mentions that it was a pretty slow wicket and it was tough to get the batsmen out. Adds that reverse swing did come into play but it was a nice wicket to bat on. Appreciates Cook for his double ton. Adds that the English opener was good with his shots down the ground and also admires his cuts and pulls. Informs that Starc still remains uncertain for the next game. Ends by saying that he is really looking forward to the final Test at his home ground (Sydney).
England skipper, Joe Root starts by saying that they were really well placed at Lunch today and had a good opportunity. Credits Steven Smith for his outstanding innings. Adds his counterpart is in great form and it is very difficult to get him out. Informs the pitch had nothing on it which only made the task all the more difficult for their bowlers. Reckons they exhausted every option and tried whatever they could to win. Appreciates the support that they got from The Barmy Army throughout the course of the game and calls it as the best fan group in the world. Is proud of his boys as it wasn't easy for them to come into this game with 0-3 down but the way his team played, he hopes that they can put up a similar show in the next match.
Man of the Match, Alastair Cook is happy with the double ton but feels if they could have pushed for a win, it would have pleased him even more. States it's been a tough tour for him and is happy to get a big one here. Opines it was a good wicket to bat on and had hardly anything for the bowlers. Hopes that they go well in Sydney too.
The home side was under pressure to deliver. They lost two quick wickets fairly early but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The two best Australian batsmen, Warner and Smith joined forces. The rain came down pelting in the afternoon session on Day 4, proving to be a blessing in disguise for them. One and a half sessions got washed out and with that, England's chances of forcing a win diminished. The visitors failed to get early wickets in the morning today and the home side gradually moved into the lead. Two quick wickets before lunch did give the Englishmen a glimmer of hope but Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh came out on top to close the game on even terms. Stay with us as the presentation is coming up...
England responded well with the bat. The two most experienced campaigners, Cook and Root took it upon them. It was the ex-English skipper who was in the thick of things. He mixed caution with aggression by scoring a majestic double ton and carried his bat through. Cummins, Hazlewood and Lyon bowled their hearts out, got rewards as well but Cook's 100-run 9th wicket stand with Stuart Broad deflated the morale of the opposition, thereby earning the tourists a 164-run lead.
Earlier, after Australia won the toss and opted to bat, the opening pair of David Warner and Cameron Bancroft gave them an ideal foundation. The former carried on to score a breezy ton, courtesy some lady luck (as he got caught off a no ball on 99). Credit to Smith as he batted with a sore bottom hand and played a sensible knock but it was a rare occasion to see him not converting his fifty. After his departure, there was a collapse, which meant that they finished with a below-par total on a placid surface, losing 7/67. Broad and Anderson were the wreckers-in-chief in inflicting the same.
The Australian skipper has once again responded under pressure, an uncharacteristic knock from him but just shows the versatility of this man. Putting the team above oneself came to the fore and he bailed his side out of shallow waters. It was Warner who gave him really good support to carry on the blockathon-love-saga but faltered against the part-time spin of Root and threw his wicket away. During that period, the English bowlers had their tails up and ran in with intent, especially Anderson and Broad. Shaun Marsh departed in quick succession as well but the Aussie skipper was as cool as a cucumber. He combined with Mitchell Marsh to defy the Englishmen and did that with a lot of authority.
That's it! Steven Smith has decided that it is enough. The opposition skipper agrees as well and there are customary handshakes all around. It proved to be a tame DRAW in the end but there were some action-packed highlights in this match. Cook's double ton stands out but Smith's ton to save the game for his side is also worth in gold. The English players are facing towards The Barmy Army and are appreciating their unconditional support.
124.2
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Sits deep in the crease and works it to the leg side.
124.1
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Tossed up delivery, Marsh comes forward and blocks it.
Over 124 : 263/4
4 Runs
    S. Smith
    102 (275)
    M. Marsh
    29 (164)
    J. Root
    3-1-1-1
    123.6
    0
    Joe Root To Steven Smith
    Tossed up delivery, Smith lunges forward in defense.
    123.5
    0
    Joe Root To Steven Smith
    Fuller in length, Smith's blocks it yet again.
    123.4
    0
    Joe Root To Steven Smith
    A loud shout for an LBW denied! Fullish around leg stump, Smith tries to flick it but is pinged on the pads. Root's shout is not paid any heed to.
    123.3
    0
    Joe Root To Steven Smith
    Plays this one with the spin to mid-wicket.
    123.2
    b
    Joe Root To Steven Smith
    Four Byes! This one takes off from one of the rough patches around the leg stump. Smith tries to sweep it hard but misses. The keeper is beaten as well and the ball races to the fence behind.
    123.1
    0
    Joe Root To Steven Smith
    On middle and leg, defended towards short leg.
    Joe Root returns for a bowl.
    Over 123 : 259/4
    0 Runs
      M. Marsh
      29 (164)
      S. Smith
      102 (269)
      M. Ali
      13-1-32-0
      122.6
      0
      Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
      Quick and flat, answered with a straight bat.
      122.5
      0
      Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
      Spinning in sharply from wide outside off, Marsh lunges forward to defend but misses to get pinged on the pads. A chirpy appeal for an LBW follows but the umpire stays put. The impact was miles outside off.
      122.4
      0
      Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
      Fuller in length, Marsh blocks it out.
      122.3
      0
      Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
      The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
      122.2
      0
      Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
      Comes forward and blocks it right under his nose.
      122.1
      0
      Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
      Spinning into Marsh who dead bats it.
      Over 122 : 259/4
      0 Runs
        S. Smith
        102 (269)
        M. Marsh
        29 (158)
        T. Curran
        20-5-53-0
        121.6
        0
        Tom Curran To Steven Smith
        On a length on middle and leg, played with soft hands to square leg.
        121.5
        0
        Tom Curran To Steven Smith
        Fuller in length, attacking the stumps, Smith continues the blockathon.
        121.4
        0
        Tom Curran To Steven Smith
        The batsman defends it from within the crease.
        121.3
        0
        Tom Curran To Steven Smith
        Shortish delivery, shaping in towards Steven. He hops back keeps it out.
        121.2
        0
        Tom Curran To Steven Smith
        Hangs back again to a similar length ball and taps it towards mid on.
        121.1
        0
        Tom Curran To Steven Smith
        Good length ball around off, Smith shuffles across and buries it into the ground.
        Match Info
        • Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne
        • Weather Overcast
        • Toss Australiawon the toss and elected to bat
        • Result Australia drew with England
        • Player of the Match Alastair Cook
        • Umpire Kumar Dharmasena (SL), S Ravi (IND) and Joel Wilson (WI)
        • Referee Ranjan Madugalle (SL)
        Match Notes
        • Stumps: Australia 244/3 in 89.0 overs
        • New ball taken: Australia 242/3 in 85.5 overs
        • S Smith 22nd Test fifty: 51 runs in 98 balls (5x4) (0x6)
        • 4th wkt Partnership: 50 off balls 89 between S Smith (34) and S Marsh (15)
        • Drinks: Australia 209/3 in 71.0 overs
        • Australia 200/3 in 66.5 overs
        • Referral 1 (57.2 ovs): ENG against S Marsh (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 2, ENG: 2) (Retained)
        • Australia 150/2 in 54.2 overs
        • Tea: Australia 145/2 in 54.0 overs
        • Drinks: Australia 131/1 in 41.0 overs
        • D Warner 21st Test hundred: 100 runs in 130 balls (13x4) (1x6)
        • D Warner completes 6000 runs in Test
        • Lunch: Australia 102/0 in 28.0 overs
        • 1st wkt Partnership: 102 off balls 165 between C Bancroft (19) and D Warner (83)
        • Australia 102/0 in 27.3 overs
        • D Warner Test fifty: 51 runs in 64 balls (6x4) (0x6)
        • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off balls 102 between C Bancroft (11) and D Warner (39)
        • Australia 50/0 in 16.6 overs
        • Drinks: Australia 37/0 in 14.0 overs
        • Tom Curran makes his Test debut for England
        • Stumps: England 192/2 in 57.0 overs
        • A Cook 32 Test century: 103 runs in 164 balls (15x4) (0x6)
        • 3rd wkt Partnership: 100 off balls 180 between A Cook (47) and J Root (49)
        • England 151/2 in 48.0 overs
        • 3rd wkt Partnership: 50 off balls 91 between A Cook (27) and J Root (21)
        • Drinks: England 127/2 in 38.0 overs
        • A Cook dropped on 66 by S Smith in 33.5 overs
        • England 102/2 in 31.3 overs
        • A Cook Test fifty: 53 runs in 89 balls (8x4) (0x6)
        • Tea: England 72/1 in 23.0 overs
        • England 53/1 in 16.4 overs
        • Innings Break: Australia 327/10 in 119.0 overs
        • Referral 4 (118.6 ovs): N Lyon against ENG (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 1, ENG: 2) (Retained)
        • Lunch: Australia 326/8 in 115.0 overs
        • Referral 3 (113.6 ovs): J Bird against ENG (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 1, ENG: 2) (Retained)
        • Australia 314/6: S Marsh lbw b Stuart Broad 61(148)
        • Referral 2 (109.6 ovs): ENG against S Marsh (LBW) Successful (AUS: 2, ENG: 2)
        • Australia 303/5 in 107.1 overs
        • Drinks: Australia 284/5 in 103.0 overs
        • 4th wkt Partnership: 100 off balls 234 between S Smith (63) and S Marsh (36)
        • Australia 250/3 in 93.2 overs
        • Stumps: England 491/9 in 144.0 overs
        • S Broad 12th Test fifty: 52 runs in 59 balls (7x4) (1x6)
        • England 500/8 in 133.3 overs
        • 9th wkt Partnership: 50 off balls 61 between A Cook (24) and S Broad (26)
        • A Cook 5th Test double century: 202 runs in 360 balls (23x4) (0x6)
        • Drinks: England 406/8 in 127.0 overs
        • England 403/8 in 126.1 overs
        • Referral 1 (119.3 ovs): Australia against T Curran (Caught) Successful (AUS: 2, ENG: 2)
        • Tea: England 360/6 in 113.0 overs
        • 7th wkt Partnership: 50 off balls 113 between A Cook (26) and C Woakes (24)
        • England 350/5 in 110.4 overs
        • Drinks: England 318/6 in 99.0 overs
        • A Cook dropped on 153 by S Smith in 98.6 overs
        • A Cook: 150 runs in 260 balls (19x4) (0x6)
        • England 301/5 in 91.6 overs
        • Lunch: England 264/4 in 85.0 overs
        • England 253/4 in 82.0 overs
        • New ball taken: England 246/3 in 80.1 overs
        • Drinks: England 224/3 in 71.0 overs
        • England 200/2 in 61.0 overs
        • J Root 35th Test fifty: 53 runs in 108 balls (6x4) (0x6)
        • Australia 103/2 in 43.5 overs
        • Tea: Australia 103/2 in 43.5 overs
        • Rain Stoppage: Australia 103/2 in 43.5 overs
        • Australia 103/2 in 43.3 overs
        • Rain Stoppage: Australia 86/2 in 36.2 overs
        • Lunch: Australia 70/2 in 25.0 overs
        • 1st wkt Partnership: 51 off balls 93 between C Bancroft (27) and D Warner (24)
        • Australia 51/0 in 15.3 overs
        • Drinks: Australia 44/0 in 13.0 overs
        • Referral 1 (6.5 ovs): ENG against C Bancroft (Caught) Unsuccessful (AUS: 2, ENG: 1)
        • Innings Break: England 491/10 in 141.1 overs
        • Australia 250/4 in 117.4 overs
        • S Smith 23rd Test hundred: 100 runs in 259 balls (6x4) (0x6)
        • 5th wkt Partnership: 52 off 179 balls between S Smith (38) and M Marsh (14)
        • Tea: Australia 225/4 in 105.0 overs
        • Drinks: Australia 205/4 in 91.0 overs
        • Australia 201/4 in 88.2 overs
        • New ball taken: Australia 180/4 in 80.1 overs
        • Lunch: Australia 178/4 in 76.0 overs
        • S Smith 23rd Test fifty: 50 runs in 151 balls (4x4) (0x6)
        • 3rd wkt Partnership: 100 off 276 balls between D Warner (58) and S Smith (42)
        • Rain Stoppage: Australia 159/2 in 66.1 overs
        • Australia 152/2 in 65.0 overs
        • Drinks: Australia 138/2 in 62.0 overs
        • 3rd wkt Partnership: 50 off 174 balls between D Warner (23) and S Smith (27)
        • D Warner 26th Test fifty: 50 runs in 161 balls (4x4) (0x6)
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        Match Poll

        Who will win the Match

        PlayerRunsAvg.
        Steven Smith AUS687137.40
        Shaun Marsh AUS44574.16
        David Warner AUS44163.00
        Dawid Malan ENG38342.55
        Joe Root ENG37847.25
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        PlayerWicketsEco.
        Pat Cummins AUS232.87
        Mitchell Starc AUS223.18
        Nathan Lyon AUS212.36
        Josh Hazlewood AUS212.85
        James Anderson ENG172.11
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