RESULT
4th Test, Sydney, January 05 - 09, 2022, England tour of Australia
416/8d & 265/6d
(T:388) 294 & 270/9

Match drawn

Player Of The Match
137 & 101*
usman-khawaja
Match centre 
Scores: Binoy George
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Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Australia 416/8(134 overs)
1st INNINGS
Usman Khawaja 137 (260)
Steven Smith 67 (141)
Stuart Broad5/101 (29)
James Anderson1/54 (30)
England 294/10(79.1 overs)
1st INNINGS
Jonny Bairstow 113 (158)
Ben Stokes 66 (91)
Scott Boland4/36 (14.1)
Pat Cummins2/68 (20)
Australia 265/6(68.5 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Jack Leach4/84 (21.5)
Mark Wood2/65 (15)
England 270/9(102 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Zak Crawley 77 (100)
Ben Stokes 60 (123)
Scott Boland3/30 (24)
Nathan Lyon2/28 (22)
end of over 102Maiden
ENG: 270/9CRR: 2.64 
James Anderson0 (6)
Stuart Broad8 (35)
Steven Smith 4-1-10-1
Nathan Lyon 22-10-28-2

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 "

101.6
Smith to Anderson, no run

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

101.5
Smith to Anderson, no run

tossed up a foot or so outside off stump, Anderson is on to the front dog to defend

101.4
Smith to Anderson, no run

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"

101.3
Smith to Anderson, no run

flatter, the legbreak spins in a fraction, Jimmy is back and across to cover it

101.2
Smith to Anderson, no run

tossed up nice and full, he stretches out to defuse this one

101.1
Smith to Anderson, no run

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)

end of over 101Maiden
ENG: 270/9CRR: 2.67 
Stuart Broad8 (35)
James Anderson0 (0)
Nathan Lyon 22-10-28-2
Steven Smith 3-0-10-1

We're going to the final over, people! (If only there was something riding on it - other than WTC points)

100.6
Lyon to Broad, no run

gives it some air, one last time from Lyon... and Broad lunges out to smother it again

100.5
Lyon to Broad, no run

goes a bit straighter, nudged away on the stumps

"The big question is... Will Anderson bring out the reverse sweep?" chuckles Neil

100.4
Lyon to Broad, no run

floated up, straightening a smidge on off stump, defended

100.3
Lyon to Broad, no run

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

100.2
Lyon to Broad, no run

flatter and angling in, again he covers the line in defence

100.1
Lyon to Broad, no run

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

end of over 1002 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 270/9CRR: 2.70 
Stuart Broad8 (29)
Steven Smith 3-0-10-1
Nathan Lyon 21-9-28-2
99.6
W
Smith to Leach, OUT

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

Jack Leach c Warner b Smith 26 (77m 34b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.47
99.5
2
Smith to Leach, 2 runs

flattish and wide of the stumps, Leach cuts and gets it through the ring of catchers for a couple

99.4
Smith to Leach, no run

flights the leggie and Leach hangs back again, jabs it safely down in front of the lurking short leg

99.3
Smith to Leach, no run

spinning in and he goes back to this one, blocked again

99.2
Smith to Leach, no run

tossed up full, aiming for the footmarks outside off stump, smothered

99.1
Smith to Leach, no run

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

end of over 99Maiden
ENG: 268/8CRR: 2.70 
Stuart Broad8 (29)
Jack Leach24 (28)
Nathan Lyon 21-9-28-2
Pat Cummins 22-5-80-2
98.6
Lyon to Broad, no run

pushed through and again he blocks doggedly on the front foot

98.5
Lyon to Broad, no run

angled in and Broad chops down on it, straight to silly mid-off on the bounce

Best performances - batters
UT Khawaja
UT Khawaja AUS
137 runs (260)
13 fours0 six
Control
88%
Productive shot
pull
35 runs
6 fours0 six
942126349133
JM Bairstow
JM Bairstow ENG
113 runs (158)
8 fours3 sixes
Control
83%
Productive shot
flick
28 runs
1 four0 six
9123819121220
Best performances - bowlers
SCJ Broad
SCJ Broad ENG
O
29
M
5
R
101
W
5
ECO
3.48
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
SM Boland
SM Boland AUS
O
14.1
M
6
R
36
W
4
ECO
2.54
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Australia
Usman Khawaja
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberTest no. 2446
Hours of play (local time)10:00 start, Lunch 12:30-13:10, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days5,6,7,8,9 January 2022 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
Australia
Paul Reiffel
Australia
Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
Australia
Paul Wilson
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Shawn Craig
Match Referee
Australia
Steve Bernard
PointsAustralia 4, England 4
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