Fifth Test match

Australia v England 1920-21

Australia won the last Test match by nine wickets, completely outplaying their opponents, and with their fifth victory in one season set up a record that may never be beaten. Whatever remote chance the Englishmen might have had was gone when on batting first they were got rid of for 204. From such a start - on the Sydney ground in fine weather - there was little hope of recovery. Hobbs ought not to have played, his injured thigh still causing him a great deal of trouble, and in the circumstances he did well to score 40 and 34.

The Australians began by losing Collins and Bardsley for 22 runs, but at the end of the first day they had carried their score to 70 and thenceforward they were always winning. Macartney played a magnificent innings - his first hundred in Test cricket against England. He was batting for just over four hours, hitting twenty 4's in his 170. Gregory also played very finely, his partnership with Macartney for the fourth wicket putting on 198 runs and going far towards deciding the result of the match.

Two wickets - those of Woolley and Makepeace - fell for 24 runs in England's second innings before the drawing of stumps on Saturday, and six were down for 91. The game seemed all over, but Douglas withstood the bowling for nearly two hours and three-quarters and it was not till early on the fourth day that the end was reached. Making amends for failure in the first innings, Bardsley and Collins scored 91 together when the Australians went in to get 93. Taking seven wickets Mailey brought his number in the five Test matches up to 36. This beat Barnes's 34 in the tour of the M.C.C.'s team in 1911-12.

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