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4th Test, Melbourne, December 26 - 30, 2017, England tour of Australia and New Zealand
327 & 263/4d

Match drawn

Player Of The Match
Australia 1st Innings
England 1st Innings
Australia 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Australia 1st Innings 
lbw b Woakes26951532027.36
c †Bairstow b Anderson10315121613168.21
c †Bairstow b Broad17651072026.15
b Curran761562118048.71
lbw b Broad611482278041.21
b Woakes918191050.00
b Anderson2436554066.66
c Cook b Broad418300022.22
lbw b Broad46101066.66
not out 11224008.33
lbw b Anderson01017000.00
Extras(lb 1, nb 1)2
TOTAL119 Ov (RR: 2.74)327
Fall of wickets: 1-122 (Cameron Bancroft, 34.3 ov), 2-135 (David Warner, 47.4 ov), 3-160 (Usman Khawaja, 57.1 ov), 4-260 (Steven Smith, 96.2 ov), 5-278 (Mitchell Marsh, 100.5 ov), 6-314 (Shaun Marsh, 109.6 ov), 7-318 (Tim Paine, 112.2 ov), 8-325 (Jackson Bird, 113.6 ov), 9-326 (Pat Cummins, 115.2 ov), 10-327 (Nathan Lyon, 118.6 ov)
47.4 to DA Warner, edged, and he's gone this time! It's a thin tickle and Bairstow grabs it low down. Round the wicket, that nagging line outside off and Warner has a fiddle. This time there will no abrupt turn as he walks off.. 135/2
112.2 to TD Paine, another drag-on! Paine swivels into a pull, and pays the price as the ball stays a touch low, flicks off the toe and cannons into the base of his leg stump! Signs of the wicket's two-paced nature, maybe? But that is Anderson's 520th Test wicket, which puts him clear of the former world record-holder Courtney Walsh. 318/7
118.6 to NM Lyon, full, straight given...Lyon has reviewed but he's also walking off! Does swing quite late. Probably clipping leg stump at worse. Certainly no edge. Umpire's call on hitting leg stump. Taking a decent chunk of it. 327/10
57.1 to UT Khawaja, dangled outside off stump, and Broad has a wicket at last! The line and length was what lured Khawaja, just a hint of movement exacerbating the temptation, and Bairstow gathers the edge. Broad's first wicket for some 70 overs, I believe, and the end of a grim innings from the off-colour Uzzie. 160/3
109.6 to SE Marsh, a big appeal from Broad and England have reviewed! Broad reckons it's plumb, but that's rarely a fair indication. Certainly very full, and if there's no inside edge this is tight... sure enough, it is pad first. Hang tight... and it is out! Hitting the top of off, and that's a credit to the revised line of attack, bringing the stumps into play. Shock horror, it's been England's morning.... 314/6
113.6 to JM Bird, big appeal and up goes the finger! Bird is walking immediately, but Cummins has called for the review, and why not, seeing as they've got a spare. No bat involved though, so this is surely dead. Wicket to wicket, recalibrating the line from off to middle, and the tailender had no answer. 325/8
115.2 to PJ Cummins, edged, taken low down at slip! Nicely done by Broad, pushing full outside off, Cummins goes for the drive, the edge reaches Cook very low. And now the umpires are checking if it's carried. The soft signal is out. Cummins is almost off the ground. Safely into the hands. Well taken by Cook. That will be a quick confirmation by the third umpire.. 326/9
34.3 to CT Bancroft, big appeal and up goes the finger! Bancroft knows a second opinion is futile. This was angled in, beat the inside edge, thumped the back pad, plumb in front of middle, to end a curiously durable innings from a man who never looked comfortable. 122/1
100.5 to MR Marsh, another drag on! England have worked out their tactics. Short outside off, Marsh aiming to play square through the off side, gets a bottom edge into the pitch which then bounces into the timber. Slow-pitch dismissals. 278/5
96.2 to SPD Smith, got him! Dragged on. This time it is his first Test wicket. His foot is okay, they aren't checking for the no-ball. Short outside off, Smith went to force it through the off side and gets a bottom edge into his stumps. For all the planning, short outside off works a treat!. 260/4
England 1st Innings 
not out 24440963427059.65
c & b Lyon1537491040.54
lbw b Hazlewood1737533045.94
c Lyon b Cummins611331937045.86
lbw b Hazlewood1443473032.55
c †Paine b Lyon2239453056.41
c SE Marsh b Lyon20141721142.85
c †Paine b Cummins2662933041.93
c †Paine b Hazlewood415221026.66
c Khawaja b Cummins5663888188.88
c Bancroft b Cummins01627000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 5, nb 3)12
TOTAL144.1 Ov (RR: 3.40)491
Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Mark Stoneman, 11.3 ov), 2-80 (James Vince, 24.1 ov), 3-218 (Joe Root, 68.5 ov), 4-246 (Dawid Malan, 80.2 ov), 5-279 (Jonny Bairstow, 89.6 ov), 6-307 (Moeen Ali, 93.1 ov), 7-366 (Chris Woakes, 114.5 ov), 8-373 (Tom Curran, 119.3 ov), 9-473 (Stuart Broad, 137.5 ov), 10-491 (James Anderson, 144.1 ov)
24.1 to JM Vince, full, straight, gone! That's stone dead. Gets in on the full length, at the stumps, perhaps just a shade of reverse - although more like seam movement - and Vince basically misses it. Oh dear, oh dear! The replay has shown he's got an inside edge! Vince had no idea he'd hit it, just asked Cook if it was sliding down. 80/2
80.2 to DJ Malan, ping! There we go, wicket to wicket, thumps the front pad, and up goes the finger! Hang on, that looks like a massive inside edge but Malan hasn't reviewed! Like Vince before him, he's lost the nerve endings in his fingers. A big, big moment in the match, but due reward for Hazlewood's pace and persistence, instantly on the money from round the wicket. 246/4
119.3 to TK Curran, huge appeal for caught behind, Dharmasena says not out and Smith reviews almost before the appeal has finished. Back of a length ball, past the outside edge, and yes there's a Hot Spot on the bat. A simple overturn. Another edge an umpire didn't spot. 373/8
11.3 to MD Stoneman, aggression from Stoneman and he's paid the price! Down the wicket, looking to hit against the spin, but he chips a fast leading edge high to Lyon's right, who sticks out a mitt and plucks a blinder! There's the justification for Lyon's early introduction, and England's solid day's work has its first wobble. 35/1
89.6 to JM Bairstow, and he's struck! Huge wicket for Australia. Another loose shot. It was a short outside off stump, Bairstow goes back and aims through the off side, gets a top edge to Paine. Excellent take from the keeper. 279/5
93.1 to MM Ali, super catch! Another wicket for not a great delivery. Short outside off, Moeen rocks back and doesn't try to keep the ball down, drives in the air and it's grabbed out of the air at short cover by Shaun Marsh. 307/6
68.5 to JE Root, the breakthrough! That's a shocker from Root. Dropped in short, Root goes for the pull and just offers a top edge to deep square leg who is about two-thirds of the way to the boundary. 218/3
114.5 to CR Woakes, and the short ball has done the trick! That's a bit of a waste from Woakes. Short on leg stump, he's almost through his pull too early and it glances off the glove to the keeper. Reward for Cummins' hard work. 366/7
137.5 to SCJ Broad, slashed high and hard into the deep ... Khawaja hurtles round to scoop a tremendous take, low to the ground. The umpires are conferring to make sure it carried... but the soft signal is out, so let's see ... nope, that has burst through his hands on impact, so Broad will bat on! Or will he? They are taking an age to overturn it, and the upshot is that the TV replay is inconclusive! That's a very controversial finish, reminiscent of a Steve Waugh catch off Lara in the Caribbean some years ago - 1998-99, I believe. 473/9
144.1 to JM Anderson, well, it's taken just one ball! Round the wicket, short of a length at the body, and Anderson just turn it into the hands of Bancroft at short leg. Perfect for Australia. 491/10
Australia 2nd Innings 
b Woakes2742724064.28
c Vince b Root862273058037.88
c †Bairstow b Anderson1114231178.57
not out 1022754386037.09
c †Bairstow b Broad422281018.18
not out 291661983017.46
Extras(b 4)4
TOTAL124.2 Ov (RR: 2.11)263/4d
Fall of wickets: 1-51 (Cameron Bancroft, 15.4 ov), 2-65 (Usman Khawaja, 21.1 ov), 3-172 (David Warner, 69.2 ov), 4-178 (Shaun Marsh, 75.6 ov)
21.1 to UT Khawaja, edged and gone! Just enough nip off the seam from a perfect line, and Khawaja is caught in two minds on the crease as Bairstow gathers the nick!. 65/2
75.6 to SE Marsh, edged and Bairstow grabs a sharp chance on the stroke of lunch! Wow... what a finish to the session... England have persevered, and given themselves just a glimmer. Good delivery, in the channel outside off, took a fat deflection and flew quickly to Bairstow's left, where it was snaffled in one hand!. 178/4
15.4 to CT Bancroft, bowled him! Another drag-on! What a give-away, England were starting to look resigned to a long fruitless toil, but Woakes plugged away on a tight line and induced another aberration from the under-fire opener. 51/1
69.2 to DA Warner, spanked up in the air, and Warner has had a brainfart! Root brought in the field, tempted the slog over the covers, and Warner took the bait, a horrible slog, skied straight into the pocket of Vince! Reminiscent of Root's ego-twanging of Chris Gayle in the World T20 final... and is this the twist in the tale ...? Unquestionably the best birthday present that Root has so far received today!. 172/3
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Tue, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 244/3 (Steven Smith 65*, Shaun Marsh 31*, 89 ov)
Wed, 27 Dec - day 2 - England 1st innings 192/2 (Alastair Cook 104*, Joe Root 49*, 57 ov)
Thu, 28 Dec - day 3 - England 1st innings 491/9 (Alastair Cook 244*, James Anderson 0*, 144 ov)
Fri, 29 Dec - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 103/2 (David Warner 40*, Steven Smith 25*, 43.5 ov)
Sat, 30 Dec - day 5 - Australia 2nd innings 263/4d (124.2 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • DA Warner: 50 off 161 balls (4 x 4)
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 174 balls (DA Warner 23, SPD Smith 27, Ex 0)
  • Drinks: Australia - 138/2 in 62.0 overs (DA Warner 68, SPD Smith 32)
  • Australia: 150 runs in 64.6 overs (390 balls), Extras 0
  • Rain: Australia - 159/2 in 66.1 overs (DA Warner 83, SPD Smith 38)
  • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 276 balls (DA Warner 58, SPD Smith 42, Ex 0)
  • SPD Smith: 50 off 151 balls (4 x 4)
  • Lunch: Australia - 178/4 in 76.0 overs (SPD Smith 50)
  • New ball taken at 80.1 overs
  • Australia: 200 runs in 88.2 overs (530 balls), Extras 0
  • Drinks: Australia - 205/4 in 91.0 overs (SPD Smith 69, MR Marsh 8)
  • Tea: Australia - 225/4 in 105.0 overs (SPD Smith 87, MR Marsh 10)
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 179 balls (SPD Smith 38, MR Marsh 14, Ex 0)
  • Australia: 250 runs in 117.4 overs (706 balls), Extras 0
  • SPD Smith: 100 off 259 balls (6 x 4)
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberTest no. 2289
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days26,27,28,29,30 December 2017 - day (5-day match)
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