Sydney, January 9 (SO News / Agency) Thanks to the brilliant half-centuries of Jack Crowley (77) and Ben Stokes (60) and the brave performance of the lower order batsmen, the fourth Ess Test match against Australia was won by 9 wickets. Despite losing to the draw on the fifth and final day, Sunday. Australia lead the five-match series 3.0 despite the Test being drawn.
Australia had set a target of 388 runs in front of England. England started the day 30 runs without losing a wicket before Australia took all 10 of England’s wickets to take a 4-0 lead. But despite all the efforts, the Australian team managed to take only nine wickets and fell one wicket short of victory.
Crowley played 100 balls and hit 13 fours for 77 runs. Although Haseeb Hameed and David Mullan got out cheaply. Hameed scored nine runs and Milan scored four runs. Crowley was dismissed for the team’s score of 96. Captain Joe Root returned to the pavilion on 156 after scoring 24 off 85 balls. Stokes was dismissed for 193 runs after scoring 60 runs off 123 balls with 10 fours and a six. Jos Buttler was dismissed for 218 as the sixth batsman after scoring 11 off 38 balls. Pat Cummins got Butler lbw to Mark Wood lbw for a wicket.
Jonny Bairstow, who made a century in the first innings, after scoring 41 runs in 105 balls, caught Marence Labuchin off the ball of Scott Boland. England’s eighth wicket fell on the score of 237. Australia was now looking victorious. But Jake Leach and Stuart Broad continued to struggle by adding 33 runs for the ninth wicket. Part-time leg-spinner Steven Smith dismissed Leach to break the partnership. Leach scored 26 runs off 34 balls with the help of two fours.
Broad scored eight runs off 35 balls while James Anderson remained not out after playing six balls. On behalf of Australia, Scott Boland took three wickets for 30 runs while Cummins and Lyon took two wickets each. Usman Khawaja, who scored centuries in both innings for Australia, was awarded the player of the match award.