pushed through, it's slightly short and innocuous and Anderson pats it down into the turf - England salvage a draw in the shadows at the SCG! Australia left a wicket away from victory, as the pursuit of 5-0 falls by the wayside
7.10pm: Phew! England pull off a great escape in Sydney, which remains their go to ground in Australia this century (two wins, three defeats and a draw). Not saying that much, I suppose, but you sense it would have been especially crushing to have lost in the dying embers here, having gutsed it out for 100 overs in the fourth innings. Australia won't be cracking open the tub of whitewash this time around, and it might chafe a little after they controlled the game for the large part. But they've got the urn, plus another four WTC points, and can have another crack in Hobart starting on Friday. Anyway, thanks for sticking with us right to the bitter dregs of a rain-affected Test. Alex's report will be piping hot for your delectation, and the team will be back for more in a few days' time. For now, from myself and Matt, Binoy George, Alex, Gnasher and the rest, it's goodnight and good luck. Bye!
7pm: Time for the presentations, starting with England captain Joe Root: "It was really important [to see it through]. Been a difficult tour, we've found it tough, but proud of the determination and character in finding a way to get a result. Said we wanted to put some pride back into the badge and give something back to people at home. Still a long way to go as a team, but Jonny [Bairstow] played as well as he has in an England shirt, Zak Crawley looked very fluent. Guys have had injuries, so we showed a great amount of heart and character to come through. [Crawley] He's got a very good game, a simple technique that should stand up well. He's got the qualities to survive at this level. [Injuries] Jos Buttler's going to be going home, quite a bad injury, a shame for him and the team. The way he stood up through the rest of the game is testament to his character."
Here's Pat Cummins "Yeah, really keen [for 4-0] but that was a great game of Test cricket. Bit less weather might have got us there. Hard fought game, that's why we love it. [Captaincy] I've learned the weather forecasts are hopeless! Was supposed to rain all day on day four. Really good to get close to 400 [ahead], the wicket wasn't playing too many tricks, they've got some class batters. Thought we had plenty of time. Lucky to have five genuine bowlers, plus Smithy and Marnus. [Smith gambit] Talked his way in. It's a running joke as to who the first-choice leggie is. He's been bowling beautifully in the nets, so thought I'd give him a crack."
And Usman Khawaja is named Player of the Match for twin hundreds in his Test comeback: "No, it can't [get better]. Terrific game, we would have loved to win but great fight from England. Could have gone either way, couldn't have asked for much more. [Fluent batting?] Didn't feel that way, thought Smith was batting beautifully. I was just like 'let's get a partnership, the wicket's a bit green', thought 300 first innings would be a good score. I'm enjoying the game, lot of ups and downs. I know I could go out next time and get two ducks. When things go well, it's really satisfying. Lot of cricket coming up, fingers crossed I'll stay healthy. We've played beautifully to this point, almost gone 4-0 up. Couldn't have asked for much more this series, hopefully next game we can win that, then win a few games away. World Test Championship, everything counts."
6.55pm: How's the ticker? More SCG frustration for Australia, though they came a lot closer than 12 months ago against India. Ten wickets needed on the day, six going into the final session, and it went right to the wire - a draw won't change the overall result, but England can take pride in an improved performance. Only the second time they have avoided defeat in their last 14 Tests in Australia, and maybe something to build on ahead of the Hobart Test
Max: "What an incredible test match. Where was this English fight in the first three? Enthralling stuff, could we have more of that please?"
Alok: "A lot of questions will be asked on the timing of the declaration..."
Django: "Bravo! Wood aside, every other player contributed there, even the 58 balls Hameed soaked up. "
Graham Macdonal: "I know it's easy now in hindsight, but I said yesterday that batted way too long yesterday. This England batting were finding batting form "
tossed up a foot or so outside off stump, Anderson is on to the front dog to defend
gives this plenty of air but Anderson gets well forward and clamps down on it securely
"Smith vs Anderson," whoops Ashu. "That is matrix revisited"
flatter, the legbreak spins in a fraction, Jimmy is back and across to cover it
tossed up nice and full, he stretches out to defuse this one
length ball, spinning in on the stumps and jabbed away leg side going back
Smith to Anderson. Normally the other way around. Everyone around the bat. Six balls to go (potentially)
We're going to the final over, people! (If only there was something riding on it - other than WTC points)
gives it some air, one last time from Lyon... and Broad lunges out to smother it again
goes a bit straighter, nudged away on the stumps
"The big question is... Will Anderson bring out the reverse sweep?" chuckles Neil
floated up, straightening a smidge on off stump, defended
beats the outside edge with one that spins! Carey then nudges off the bails, and they're appealing for a stumping... but the back foot was grounded
flatter and angling in, again he covers the line in defence
tossed up full on off stump, Broad stretches out to block
James Anderson is last man in. Lyon to bowl the penultimate over of the day
finds the outside edge, and Leach is gone! Steven Smith breaks through with two overs left! Tossed up like a grenade into the footmarks, but it actually goes pretty much straight on to kiss the outside edge, with Leach playing for turn - loops
straight into the waiting hands of Warner, despite a small deflection off Carey's gloves! More drama, and Australia are one wicket away
flattish and wide of the stumps, Leach cuts and gets it through the ring of catchers for a couple
flights the leggie and Leach hangs back again, jabs it safely down in front of the lurking short leg
spinning in and he goes back to this one, blocked again
tossed up full, aiming for the footmarks outside off stump, smothered
round the wicket, looped up full outside off stump, Leach plunges out to block
Steven Smith, the vice-captain, is the man called upon. Eight close catchers, as well as the keeper. Three overs left
The umpires are having a chat with Cummins now, and it seems like the light is too bad for Australia to bowl the quicks
pushed through and again he blocks doggedly on the front foot
angled in and Broad chops down on it, straight to silly mid-off on the bounce
|Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Australia led the 5-match series 3-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2446|
|Hours of play (local time)||10:00 start, Lunch 12:30-13:10, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00|
|Match days||5,6,7,8,9 January 2022 - day (5-day match)|
|Points||Australia 4, England 4|