Twitter Reactions: England eke out pride salvaging draw in SCG Test after nerve-wracking finish
Zak Crawley and Ben Stokes scored half-centuries, making sure that the Brits didn't slump to their fourth loss in the series.
Updated - Jan 9, 2022 1:47 pm
England, captained by Joe Root, found themselves staring down the barrel in the Ashes after losses in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. The Boxing Day Test that ended in a tad over two days must have dented their confidence big time. However, the Three Lions managed to churn out a draw in the New Year’s Test at the SCG. The Brits managed to somehow hold on and evade another defeat.
Crawley, Stokes march on
Coming into the fifth day, the prospects of England scoring 358 runs looked bleak, although they had all their 10 wickets in hand. Zak Crawley and Haseeb Hameed put on 46 runs for the opening wicket after which Scott Boland got rid of the latter. Dawid Malan couldn’t get into double digits as Nathan Lyon castled him. Crawley looked at his fluent best as he notched a half-century off 69 balls.
Cameron Green delivered the body blow, getting rid of Crawley, who made 77 with 13 fours. Thereafter, Root and Ben Stokes put their heads down and stitched together a 60-run stand for the fourth wicket. Root fought hard in his 85-ball 24 before finally finding an outside-edge off Boland. Stokes and Bairstow tried to resurrect the innings with a crucial 37-run stand for the fifth wicket.
England survive the heat
Stokes was going great guns, having scored 60 with 10 fours and a six. But Lyon pinned him and the dismissal put more pressure on the England batting. Thereafter, Pat Cummins came to the party and removed Jos Buttler and Mark Wood in double quick time. The onus was then on Jonny Bairstow, the Brits’ centurion in the first innings, to stave off the in-form Australian bowling lineup.
Boland got rid of the big fish after the Englishman scored 41 with three fours. With two wickets in hand, England had to play out 11 overs to save the Test. Jack Leach, however, didn’t give up the ghost as he scored 26 off 34. But Steve Smith dismissed him with two over left in the game. Nevertheless, Stuart Broad and James Anderson made sure that Australia couldn’t get their last wicket.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to the SCG Test match
Brilliant fight from @englandcricket. This squad has had everything thrown at them and to fight out a day like that with that bat shows huge character and resilience. Well done the golden oldies @StuartBroad8 and @jimmy9 at the end!! #Ashes https://t.co/QrJMp7VTEn
— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) January 9, 2022
— Sarah Taylor (@Sarah_Taylor30) January 9, 2022
— SAYYED IQBAL ABDULLAH (SIA) (@iqqiabdullah) January 9, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 9, 2022
Surely there are so many people in Sydney regretting not watching that days cricket?!
— Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) January 9, 2022
What an effort from the boys!
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) January 9, 2022
— Amol Muzumdar (@amolmuzumdar11) January 9, 2022
The joys of Test cricket… No words needed.. #TheAshes
— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) January 9, 2022
Love a Day 5 showdown…2 wickets left with just over 10 overs to remain. Long live Test cricket 🏏 #ashes
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) January 9, 2022
— Fawad Ahmed (@bachaji23) January 9, 2022
@patcummins30 is in my top 3.
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) January 9, 2022
Not a bad rock that by Pat….😳#Ashes
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) January 9, 2022
— vineet jacob (@JacobVineet) January 9, 2022
I’d always usually be batting for a draw in my me-in-the-Ashes imaginations/shadow batting as a kid (and in all honesty the odd time now). That’s the match that kinda explains why. Something about battling for a draw, surviving that is so special #Ashes
— Josh Robinson (@RobboandSports) January 9, 2022
— Muhammad Abbas 🇵🇰 (@ma1258743) January 9, 2022
Well played lads, some proper fight there. More like it. #Ashes
— left arm average (@aaabenjwhite) January 9, 2022
The way @cricketcomau fought was so good!!!
Bowling on a flat placid track wasn't easy at SCG!!
— Samuel Shine Soans (@imShineSoans) January 9, 2022