Fourth Ashes Check, Sydney (day 5 of 5)
Australia 416-8 dec & 265-6 dec (Khawaja 101*, Inexperienced 74; Leach 4-84)
England 294 & 270-9 (Crawley 77, Stokes 60, Boland 3-30)
Match drawn; Australia lead collection 3-0

England clung on for a tense draw on the ultimate day of the fourth Check in Sydney to finish Australia’s hopes of an Ashes clear sweep.

The vacationers have been 13 balls from security when Jack Leach edged Steve Smith behind, leaving it to Stuart Broad and final batter James Anderson to information England house.

With the sunshine fading and each Australia fielder across the bat, Broad and Anderson blocked out Smith and Nathan Lyon to safe a hard-fought draw, closing on 270-9.

Zak Crawley earlier made a fluent 77 and Ben Stokes hit 60 regardless of nonetheless struggling together with his facet harm as England crept in the direction of security.

Boland continued his extraordinary begin to Check cricket with 3-30, whereas captain Pat Cummins took two wickets in three balls to rattle England.

It was an exhilarating finish to an entertaining match, with England’s gamers barely in a position to watch within the dressing room as Anderson performed out the ultimate over.

Australia could also be left to rue their late declaration on the fourth day, with rain that means they misplaced seven overs as they tried to pressure victory on Sunday.

The ultimate Check of the collection – a day-night match in Hobart – begins on 14 January.

England battle by way of engrossing last hour

England could have already misplaced the Ashes however right here they confirmed actual struggle and character all through the match.

Jonny Bairstow displayed grit together with his first-innings century and that vitality and dedication filtered again to the dressing room because the vacationers fought to repel Australia on an absorbing last day.

The small crowd on the Sydney Cricket Floor have been at their loudest within the last hour, as Australia tore in with the brand new ball.

Cummins, who had been subdued with the ball all through the day, trapped Jos Buttler lbw on assessment earlier than doing the identical to Mark Wooden two balls later with a supply that knocked the bowler off his toes.

That left it to Bairstow, nursing an thumb harm that will hold him out of the subsequent Check, and Leach, one of the heroes of Headingley 2019, to see off 15 overs.

Australia felt the stress, with Smith dropping Bairstow off Mitchell Starc, however they’d have felt victory was of their grasp when the identical batter popped a catch to brief leg.

Leach and Broad withstood some brief, quick, hostile bowling, all accompanied by the chirping of the gamers across the bat, earlier than a upset Leach edged Smith to slide.

It was left to Broad and Anderson, the veterans, to see England house and provides them one thing to smile about after a bruising tour.

Crawley stands tall

Positives have been few and much between for England, however Crawley’s efficiency within the morning session hinted at what could possibly be within the coming years.

Having began strongly the earlier night time, Crawley refused to let the bowlers settle. He pulled and drove the off-colour Starc earlier than flicking Lyon away to convey up a 69-ball half-century.

Simply as Bairstow and Stokes did on the third day, Crawley threw Australia off their plans, dominating the bowling together with his elegant strokeplay.

By the point he fell, trapped by a wonderful yorker from Cameron Inexperienced, he had scored 77. The opposite three England batters had scored 19 runs between them.

Crawley additionally shared a 43-run stand with fellow opener Hameed. That this was England’s third highest opening partnership within the final 4 Ashes collection underlines how lengthy their Check batting has been falling away.

Hameed battled admirably however struggled for the fluency Crawley was exhibiting on the different finish.

He was dropped by Alex Carey off Cummins however couldn’t make it depend, as a substitute fiddling Scott Boland behind for 9 to register his sixth consecutive single-figure rating. It appears extremely unlikely he’ll function within the last Check at Hobart.

Dawid Malan performed a poor shot to Lyon and was bowled, Root was left aghast as he nicked Boland behind and Stokes, having battled so bravely, virtually punched his bat as he despatched a easy catch off Lyon to Smith at slip.

England have nonetheless to move 300 on this tour, and whereas the attract Sydney will elevate their spirits, they are going to know that the identical batting issues nonetheless linger within the background.

‘Climate forecasts are hopeless’ – what they stated

England captain Joe Root, talking to Check Match Particular: “Aid is the overwhelming emotion and I am fairly proud too. We had lots thrown at us on this sport and the fellows have actually stood up and confirmed a number of character and delight.

“At present reveals how a lot it means to them. When you end up out of the collection it’s actually vital you entrance up and time and time once more present how a lot it means to you. I feel everybody has achieved that this week.”

Australia captain Pat Cummins: “That was an awesome sport of Check cricket. We obtained shut. The climate forecasts are hopeless. I realized that this week.

“I assumed we might left ourselves sufficient time. At present was good enjoyable.”

Participant of the match Usman Khawaja: “It may have gone both means. We could not have requested for way more.

“I am having fun with the sport. I find it irresistible. There are ups and downs. I do know the subsequent time I play I may get two geese.”

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: “It is solely a draw, there was one wicket in it, however for the morale of the gamers and followers, it means an terrible lot.”