Ashes 2021/22, Aus Eng: After being pinned down in the first innings, England manages a draw on the last day of the Test match against fiery Australian bowling.
This particular test match was comparatively good for the visitors. Yes, they had a draw but more importantly, they showed the character. The spirit of Ashes is this match.
Scott Boland followed his dream debut match with yet another memorable performance of 7 wickets in the match. However, he did not get 7 in one innings but got four in the first and three in the second.
For England, Jonny Bairstow was the hero. A hundred in the first innings and 41 in the second innings showed the hunger to fight till the end.
SCG pitch showed lots of bounce, even more than usual. In that sense, batting was somewhat difficult but on both sides, it was an equally good effort.
The hosts are having dinner on a golden plate as every game gets them a new leader. The first match, Travis Head, Second Match, Jhye Richardson, third match, Scott Boland, and this one, Usman Khwaja.
What a match he had. Two centuries in the two innings of the match and that too playing his first match aster sometime. Many batters supported him from the other side but he was rock steady showing his worth.
Ben Stokes also played vital knocks in both innings and helped England gain momentum and sturdiness. Playing through back injury after the first innings, he didn’t bowl in the second innings, he did not get a wicket.
Haseeb Hameed struggles again and it’s time now to get Rory Burns back for the fifth Test. Also, a long-overdue change is dropping Jack Leach and playing Dom Bess. Yes, I know he picked four wickets in the second innings but he is not that effective.
Australia 3-0 up and one Test match to go. Will England avoid the whitewash or will Australia enforce a whitewash, that is to be seen.