result
4th Test, Melbourne, Dec 26 - 30 2017, England tour of Australia and New Zealand
(124.2 ov)327 & 263/4d
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
244
alastair-cook
4:32
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• Report by Brydon Coverdale

Steven Smith caps epic 2017 with hundred to deny England

England's hopes of a consolation victory in Melbourne disappeared with another Steven Smith century

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Scorecard summary
Australia327/10(119 overs)1st INNINGS
David Warner103 (151)
Steven Smith76 (156)
England491/10(144.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Alastair Cook*244 (409)
Joe Root61 (133)
Pat Cummins4/117(29.1)
Nathan Lyon3/109(42)
Australia263/4(124.2 overs)2nd INNINGS
Steven Smith*102 (275)
David Warner86 (227)

5.07pm Anyhow, that just about wraps it up from here. Thanks for your company and your feedback. Brydon Coverdale's match report will appear here shortly, and we'll have a full house of punditry in the end-of-match breakdown, with George Dobell, Jarrod Kimber, Melinda Farrell and Dan Brettig all sharpening their quills (and polishing their lenses). From myself and Gnasher, have a very happy New Year, and join us again in Sydney for the fifth and final Test next week.

5.05pm GregM: "Talk of the greatest batsman after Bradman should always include Border. The quality of bowlers he faced - Roberts, Garner, Holding, Marshall et al...not to mention Imran Khan, Wasim Akram etc...Smith's achievements are stacking up by the day, but he isn't facing this kind of bowling." A fair point well made. As has been previously pointed out, comparisons are on the one hand pointless, but personally I find them fascinating!

4.58pm Smith is the talk of the town today, but the man of the match is Alastair Cook, whose astonishing 244 not out dominated the second and third days.

Joe Root is talking to BT Sport. "It's as flat a wicket as you'll ever see. If you played on that for another four days the result would be the same. Credit to our guys for the wickets that they did take."

"I got my birthday present," Root says of Warner's wicket. That's something at least.

Bipin : "I really don't understand this need for comparison. Bradman to smith , Sachin to Kohli , etc etc..they are good and played exceptionally well during their period and that's it. Why bring someones glory down by comparing them to a player who never played in their era vice versa. Yes we can talk about all these players when we are talking about great players." Who does it diminish to invite the comparison? Just shooting the breeze at the end of a, err, less than gripping final day.

Chris: "To get an idea of a batsman's greatness, compare them to their peers with similar nmber of Tests. Bradman's average was 39 runs highest than his nearest peers (Sutcliffe). That is, 64% higher than them. Smith's is 10 runs higher than his nearest peer (Kohli ). Less than 19% higher."

Dave: "Kohli is imperious but it's worth noting that he would need to score more than one thousand not out in his next inning to equal Smith's average "

4.54pm Matt: "Nothing Steve Smith can't do - a racehorse he part owns called Hogmanay just won at Randwick - at $14! Yep, I was on...."

Sahil: "Also England's first draw Down Under since the Gabba 2010" Yes, that too... more to the point, it ends a grim run of eight defeats in a row, and banishes the spectre of yet another 5-0 whitewash, which is a very pyrrhic victory, but they'll take it!

4.50pm Out come the rest of the Australia squad to shake hands with England's players, who are heading over to the Barmy Army to, quite rightly, acknowledge their unstinting support. A crowd of 14128 on this final day, and a massive 262,616 for the game, and they've made almost all the noise, all the time.

Syed Hasan Asif: "Why did not go for his 6000 runs? It doesnt make sense!!! Did he not know ?" I have no doubt he'll get another shot at that milestone. He's got a few miles in the tank yet...

Match drawn Move on, nothing left to see here. Out come the handshakes, and England have stopped the rot, but they couldn't stop Steve Smith. Another brilliant hundred, his third of the series, and each subtlely different from the last, has denied them a shot at their first victory in Australia since January 2011.

Mick from Maryb: "Bradman may not have played as diverse an opposition but he played on uncovered pitches with a tiny and light bat and slow outfields where you had to clear a fence on a full size oval, not a rope 10 metres in (unless you are in New Zealand where the boundaries are not much more than 10 metres away!). Eras are incomparable. Bradman deserves the awe that is reserved for him."

124.2
Ali to Marsh, no run

worked to the leg side

Varun: "Don't understand the comparison with Sir Don Bradman. Yes he averaged 100 but he played most of his cricket against a single team i.e. England and played mostly in England and Australia. Players like Sachin have played against every cricket playing nation and in all the countries against all types of bowlers. So, there is literally no comparison." Well quite. On we go

124.1
Ali to Marsh, no run

defended. Of course

end of over 124Maiden
AUS: 263/4CRR: 2.12 
Steven Smith102 (275)
Mitchell Marsh29 (164)
Joe Root 3-2-1-1
Moeen Ali 13-2-32-0
123.6
Root to Smith, no run

forward again

123.5
Root to Smith, no run
123.4
Root to Smith, no run

an appeal! A genuine appeal... struck on the front pad, but not quite adjacent enough

123.3
Root to Smith, no run

pushed into the off side

123.2
4b
Root to Smith, 4 byes

slipping down the leg side, an attempted sweep makes no contact but succeeds in putting off Bairstow

123.1
Root to Smith, no run
end of over 123Maiden
AUS: 259/4CRR: 2.10 
Mitchell Marsh29 (164)
Steven Smith102 (269)
Moeen Ali 13-2-32-0
Tom Curran 20-6-53-0

Geoff: "You think that Smith is Bradman compared to the rest of the batsmen going? That's ludicrous, Kohli is well and truly neck and neck with him and Kane Williamson is certainly not far back. Very shortsighted opinion you've developed there" I'm talking Tests only, for clarity. Kohli is right up there, of course

122.6
Ali to Marsh, no run

fenced off the back foot to point

122.5
Ali to Marsh, no run

half a squeak of an appeal, but struck way outside off stump

122.4
Ali to Marsh, no run

forward yet again, giving nothing away at this late stage

122.3
Ali to Marsh, no run

big stride, head over the ball

122.2
Ali to Marsh, no run

stretching forward once again

122.1
Ali to Marsh, no run

on the back foot, and blocked

The Barmy Army are giving it some late heft in the stands. They've enjoyed themselves more than their team today

end of over 122Maiden
AUS: 259/4CRR: 2.12 
Steven Smith102 (269)
Mitchell Marsh29 (158)
Tom Curran 20-6-53-0
Moeen Ali 12-1-32-0
121.6
Tom Curran to Smith, no run

turned off the hip to the leg side

121.5
Tom Curran to Smith, no run

Sproj : "It isn't absurd to compare Bradman and Smith, Bradman didn't play as diversified an opposition as today's batsmen. If he did, his average would likely be slightly lower. Still better than all but probably not as significantly so. Yes, I'm Australian." Probably true. Never played in South Africa, Asia, West Indies etc. Pure speculation what difference that would have made, of course

121.4
Tom Curran to Smith, no run

tapped to the leg side

121.3
Tom Curran to Smith, no run

slower ball, outside off, deflected to point

121.2
Tom Curran to Smith, no run

standing tall on the back foot

121.1
Tom Curran to Smith, no run

leaning forward to defend

Best performances - batters
Alastair Cook portrait
AN Cook ENG
244 runs (409)
27 fours
0 six
Control92%
Productive shot
flick
53 runs
3 fours
0 six
1112392843251868
David Warner
DA Warner AUS
103 runs (151)
13 fours
1 six
Control90%
Productive shot
cover drive
25 runs
2 fours
0 six
901591562029
Best performances - bowlers
Stuart Broad portrait
SCJ Broad ENG
O
28
M
10
R
51
W
4
ECO
1.82
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Pat Cummins portrait
PJ Cummins AUS
O
29.1
M
1
R
117
W
4
ECO
4.01
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of Australia and New Zealand
Season2017/18
Player Of The Match
Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook
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)
Test debut
Tom Curran
Tom Curran
Umpires
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Kumar Dharmasena
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Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
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Joel Wilson
Reserve Umpire
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Sam Nogajski
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
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