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Talking Points from Fourth Ashes Test at Sydney

All the talk of 5-0 can slowly calm down as England played their hearts out on the final day of the fourth Ashes Test at Sydney to earn a well-deserved draw. The English batted for more than 100 overs in their final innings and can now move to Hobart with some sort of confidence.

Here’s how the fourth Ashes Test at Sydney panned out.

 

STUART BROAD HAD A POINT TO PROVE

Having been left out from the XI in two previous Tests, England unleashed a hungry 35-year old Stuart Broad for this fourth Ashes Test. The Sydney Cricket Ground over the years has found some low and slow tracks with the advent of drop-in pitches but this wicket had a bit of zip in it on the first few days. Stuart Broad did his utmost best to extract everything from the surface and ended up with 5/101 in the first innings.

 

UZZIE IS BACK

Usman Khawaja was surprisingly not picked for the 2019 Ashes tour and the southpaw showed Australia what they were missing in the past few years. In a series, where run-scoring has been difficult, Khawaja rocked up at the SCG and scored a century in each innings. Nobody could have written the script any better for Khawaja as his wife and his daughter were present to watch him score 137 in the first innings and 101* in the second innings.

 

JONNY BAIRSTOW PUTS ON A SHOW

It seems like every player who had a point to prove in this Test, passed with flying colours. Another such player was England’s Jonny Bairstow. He was England’s highest run-getter in the previous Ashes tour but since has been in and out of the Test arena. He has played over 70 Tests and averages a shade over 30. Those numbers aren’t promising but what you can’t ridicule is his passion whenever he is in the middle. Perhaps England missed a trick by not starting him in the first Test itself given his track record in Australia. His innings of 113 in the first innings and a gritty 41 in the second helped England draw this Test at the SCG.

 

WHITEWASH AVOIDED

The phrase 5-0 was floating around quite casually in Australia for the past few months. The way the English side has played so far, nobody could say that a whitewash was too far-fetched. But credit needs to be given to the visitors as they were battered, bruised but were not knocked out in the fourth Ashes Test. They fought till the very end of this Test and it needed James Anderson to block six deliveries on the final day to get his side a hard-fought draw.

Read: Why is English Cricket Struggling in the Longest Format?

 

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