James Anderson and Stuart Broad remained unbeaten until the end of the fourth Ashes Test.© AFP
Former captain Michael Vaughan praised the England team on Sunday for securing a draw in the fourth Ashes Test against Australia. Stuart Broad and James Anderson hit the last two overs on Day 5 when the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England ended in a draw here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. Vaughan praised the England side for showing “tremendous courage” on Day 5 of the fourth Ashes Test.
“That’s a step in the right direction. Tremendous courage shown by the England side this week.. A draw may not seem like much when you’re down 3-0 but to me it’s.. well done @root66 and the team. … that’s what spirit is all about,” Vaughan tweeted.
That’s a step in the right direction.. Great courage shown by the England side this week.. A draw may not seem like much when you’re down 3-0 but to me it’s.. well done @root66 & the team .. that’s what spirit is all about .. #Ash
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 9, 2022
The five-game series is 3-0 in favor of Australia and the fifth game starts Friday in Hobart and was to be a day-night game.
Resuming the third and final session on Day 5 at 174/4, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow added 19 more runs to the total before Stokes (60) was sent back to the pavilion by Nathan Lyon, meaning England 27, 2 overs had to avoid walking away with a draw on the last day.
With 17 overs to go on the day, skipper Pat Cummins did the job when he let Jos Buttler (11) award the leg-before wicket, and the task for England to survive the day became more difficult. In the same over, Cummins won Mark Wood (0) and England were reduced to 218/7.
Bairstow and Jack Leach held out for a while, but Scott Boland proved his mettle again when he had Bairstow (41) sacked and Australia just two wickets away from a memorable win, while England had to hit 10.2 overs to walk away with a draw.
With three overs left to survive, the lights went out and the umpires decided that only spinners could bowl. Steve Smith came on the attack and on the final delivery of the 100th over, he fired Jack Leach (26).
In the end, Broad and James Anderson hit 2 overs to help the visitors away with a draw. Broad and Anderson remained undefeated at 8 and 0 respectively.
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