Australia vs England, 4th Ashes Test Day 5 Stats Review: England avoid 5-0 scare as they survive with nine wickets down to draw the SCG Test

Australia vs England, 4th Ashes Test Day 5 Stats Review: England avoid 5-0 scare as they survive with nine wickets down to draw the SCG Test

Can England end the tour with a victory in Hobart?

Stuart Broad and James Anderson
Stuart Broad and James Anderson. (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

England finally managed to avoid a loss on their Australia tour as they drew the fourth and penultimate match of the series on the final day at Sydney. Runs from opener Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, and resilience shown by Jack Leach and Stuart Broad helped the tourists snatch a stalemate. The draw ended Australia’s hopes of a 5-0 whitewash over their arch-rivals which happened in the 2017/18 series as well.

Opener Haseeb Hameed’s miserable tour continued as he recorded his sixth successive single-digit score of the series when he got out for nine to Scott Boland. Crawley played out 100 deliveries for his score of 77 as he became a victim of all-rounder Cameron Green. Stokes and Bairstow were amongst the runs once again as both scored 60 and 41 runs respectively.

Jos Buttler scored just 11 runs and a win and 4-0 lead looked certainly on the cards for the hosts but England’s lower order had other ideas. Jack Leach mustered 26 runs off 34 deliveries as Stuart Broad blocked 35 balls to remain unbeaten at the end with not-out master James Anderson as England’s score read as 270/9.

The draw came as a relief for the visitors who are having a horrendous Ashes tour where they haven’t even scored 300 runs once in eight innings. With a 5-0 whitewash now out of the equation, Joe Root would like to end the tour on a high by winning the fifth and final day-night Test starting January 14, 2022 in Hobart. Australia will be looking to win by a 4-0 margin yet again as they did in the last Ashes series 2017/18 down under.

Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from Australia vs England, 4th Ashes Test Day 5:

101 – Nathan Lyon completed 100 wickets against England in Tests.

2016 – Steve Smith took his first Test wicket in the form of Jack Leach since the year 2016. He had dismissed Vernon Philander in the Perth Test match.

7 – Pat Cummins has now dismissed Jos Buttler seven times in his career. The Australian captain has also got wickets of Joe Root and Cheteshwar Pujara seven times each.

12 – Zak Crawley scored his first half-century in Tests after 12 innings.

13 – England has now won only once in their last 13 matches. They have lost nine and drawn three games.

3 – Scott Boland has now got Root out in three consecutive innings.

9 – Nathan Lyon has now taken Ben Stokes’s wicket on nine occasions in Tests. The off-spinner has dismissed Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali nine times each while he has snared India’s pair of Pujara and Rahane ten times each.

10.00 – England opener Haseeb Hameed has averaged 10.00 this series. He has scored just 80 runs in eight innings.

7 – Buttler has now got out to Cummins seven times in Tests which is the most in Test cricket. India’s Ishant Sharma has accounted for Buttler’s wicket six times.

14 – England is now winless in their last 14 Test matches in Australia after the 2010/11 Ashes series. They have lost 12 encounters and drawn twice.

9 – Stokes has now gotten out to Lyon nine times in his career. India’s R Ashwin has Ben Stokes number 11 times.

24 – Stokes equalled Kevin Pietersen at the top for hitting most sixes (24) in The Ashes.

6 – Haseeb Hameed recorded his sixth consecutive single-digit score in Tests.

13 – Joe Root has now become the player with most Tests (13) played in Australia without a victory. New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori had played 12 matches without tasting success down under.