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Australia vs England: The Ashes cricket live scores, blog, highlights – 5th Test, Day 4

6th January, 2018


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Australia v England

Sydney Cricket Ground, January 4-8, 2018

5th Test - Australia v England Test Series 2017/2018

England 1st Inn 346 all out
Australia 1st Inn 7/649 d.
England 2nd Inn 180 all out
England won the toss and elected to bat.
Australia win by an innings and 123 runs
England Over: 88.1  RR: 1.75
Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
T.K. Curran 23 40 5 0 57.50
Bowlers O M R W Econ
J.R. Hazlewood* 17.1 6 36 1 2.10
N.M. Lyon 35.0 12 54 3 1.54
Last Wicket: J.M. Anderson, 2 (c. Paine b. Hazlewood) - 9/180
First ball: 10am (AEDT)
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, NSW
TV: Live, Nine Network
Online: Live, Cricket Australia Live Pass
Umpires: Joel Wilson, Kumar Dharmasena
Overall record: Played 345, Australia 143, England 108, drawn 94

First Test: Australia won by ten wickets at the Gabba
Second Test: Australia won by 120 runs at the Adelaide Oval (D/N)
Third Test: Australia won by an innings and 41 runs at the WACA
Fourth Test: Match drawn

1. David Warner
2. Cameron Bancroft
3. Usman Khawaja
4. Steve Smith (c)
5. Shaun Marsh
6. Mitchell Marsh
7. Tim Paine (wk)
8. Mitchell Starc
9. Pat Cummins
10. Nathan Lyon
11. Josh Hazlewood

1. Alastair Cook
2. Mark Stoneman
3. James Vince
4. Joe Root (c)
5. Dawid Malan
6. Jonny Bairstow (wk)
7. Moeen Ali
8. Tom Curran
9. Stuart Broad
10. Mason Crane
11. James Anderson
Shaun Marsh of Australia bats during day two of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 24, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
6th January, 2018
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Australia are in a commanding position heading into Day 4 of the fifth Ashes Test, but will be keen shut England completely out of the match. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 10:30am (AEDT).

While the hosts can’t sweep the series after a draw in Melbourne, they have been back at their dominant best in Sydney, with England spending another 157 overs in the field for the return of just four wickets.

Even if the pitch and scoring rate has been a little slow, the tourists are a long way behind in this fifth Test. From the position they are in, a win looks impossible, the only way for them to avoid a 4-0 series loss being to draw.

That’s going to require a lot of application with the bat on a pitch likely to take turn more and more over the final two days, and with Nathan Lyon in superb form, it’ll be easier said than done to do what Australia did in Melbourne.

After the Poms fell short with the bat in their first innings, scoring 346 and being well below par, they have been made to pay over the last day and a half.

Usman Khawaja led the way with 171, but the only batsman to fail for Australia was Cameron Bancroft, as they went to stumps at 4 for 479, for a lead of 133.

At the crease are the Marsh brothers – Shaun is 98 not out, while Mitchell is 63. Both will be on the hunt for a century, but they need to do it quickly so Australia can firstly build their lead to more than 200 or 250, batting most of the first session, then get back into the field.

While this pitch isn’t as tame as the one presented in Melbourne, it’s still going to take a lot of time for the hosts to roll England and then potentially have a chase on Day 5. They likely going to want the best part of five sessions to do so, meaning there won’t be much mucking around this morning.

The one thing the Aussies may take into account is the weather forecast. Almost 40 degrees is on the menu for Sunday, so they won’t want to spend all day in the field, meaning Steve Smith may elect to bat on for a little longer.


Once Australia do declare, it’ll be up to England. They are demoralised and another two days in the field won’t have done any positives for their batting. It’s hard to see them surviving any great length of time, but stranger things have happened.

If they can see off the new ball, then runs may come easier against the quick bowlers, but it’ll still be a struggle to see off Nathan Lyon, who is likely to do a lot of bowling in the hot conditions.

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