Survival is glory: Internet lauds England for Ashes Sydney Test draw vs Australia
England scored 270 for 9 in the fourth innings while chasing 388
Jack Leach, Stuart Broad and James Anderson played the last 10 overs of the fifth and final day of the Test
Australia currently lead the series 3-0, with the fourth Test scheduled in Hobart
Australia’s chances of whitewashing England has been dashed after the touring English side secured a thrilling draw in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney on Sunday. Chasing a daunting 388 runs target, England, who gave away 122 runs first innings lead, batted with determination as they finished at 270 for 9 in the second innings on the fifth and final day of the fourth Test.
But that was enough as, in the end, the job of denying Australia from making it 4-0 was left to the tailenders. Jack Leach, Stuart Broad and then Jimmy Anderson batted out the final 10 overs under immense pressure after Pat Cummins and Scott Boland took three quick wickets in the final session before Steve Smith removed Leach with two overs remaining to set up a nervous finale to a gripping test match.
It is only the 24th time in the history of Test cricket that a team saved a match after losing nine wickets in the fourth innings. Broad and Anderson who played more than 150 Test matches battled out the final two overs on day 5 to not allow Australia to extend their series lead to 4-0. Australia are currently leading the series 3-0 and retained the Ashes. The fifth Test is scheduled to start in Hobart on January 14.
As England held Australia to a draw in Sydney, people on Twitter has gone crazy.
Resuming the third and final session on Day 5 at 174/4, Ben Stokes and centurion of the first innings Jonny Bairstow added 19 more runs to the total before Nathan Lyon dismissed Stokes (60). England then had 27.2 overs to survive to walk away with a draw.
Earlier in the session, Stokes did not appear to let the pain of his left side injury curtail his attacking shots as he crushed ten boundaries and a six as part of his 60 runs, to go with his 66 in the first innings.
Zak Crawley scored 77, opening the innings as Dawid Malan and Haseeb Hameed once again failed along with captain Joe Root. England were nowhere in the game after their dismissals. After that, it was just a matter of time for Australia to win the match. Jos Buttler's dismissal further dented their confidence.
But in the end, Leach, Broad and Anderson put up a rare example of resistance as England denied Australia a chance of winning the Ashes series 5-0.