England save themselves from Humiliation as they draw the SCG Test

England save themselves from Humiliation as they draw the SCG Test

England vs Australia, 4th Test, Sydney, Jan 5 – 9 2022, The Ashes

Match Result: Draw

Player of the Match: Usman Khawaja [137 & 101*]

Match Report:  Slap someone whoever says that there’s dead rubber in Test Cricket. That’s absolutely BS. Australia, 3-0 up, having dominated the game, had their ambitions of a whitewash shattered as England finally saved themselves from the humiliation of this Ashes tour with Jack Leach, Stuart Broad and James Anderson surviving 64 balls under floodlights to secure a nail-biting draw at the SCG.

Leach and Broad faced 52 of them, most of which were against Pat Cummins, Scott Boland and Mitchell Starc before bad light forced Australia to turn to spinners like Steve Smith and he almost became a saviour with the ball. He prized out Leach, his first Test wicket since 2016, caught at slip after England’s spinner had battled manfully for 34 balls without a single edge.
It left Broad and Anderson to survive six balls each from Nathan Lyon and Smith respectively and England’s veterans got the job done. It was only the second time in Ashes history a team had saved a match nine-down in the fourth innings, the first being the famous 2005 draw at Manchester. This match will probably go down as the best of this Ashes, but with still one test to go, we hope that we get to see more of such resilience from England.
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. 
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.
Usman Khawaja | Player of the Match: “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. 

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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