Ashes 2021-22 fourth Test, day five: Australia v England – live! | Sport

62nd over: England 162-4 (Stokes 40, Bairstow 4) Lyon to Stokes: yet one more maiden. In the house of eight overs, Lyon and Boland have conceded solely 11 runs and made any ideas of an England win look foolish.

61st over: England 162-4 (Stokes 40, Bairstow 4) Boland to Bairstow: one other maiden.

“Hope you’re well,” says Dave Sadler. Not dangerous, thanks! “I am an ambitious England fan sat in the humidity at the SCG. I was working out how many runs an over we needed to win. It was about five a few overs ago and we were ticking along. And then Boland came in (with Lyon) and we’ve barely scored a run. His pace isn’t that special, what is it that the England batters can’t deal with? It seems remarkable that Aus have pulled someone out the Sheffield Shield who then dominates in such a fashion.” It’s true, there is a component of thriller about him, as he’s principally not more than 80-82mph. But he bowls a heavy ball, each ball – placing his burly body into it. And he’s so rigorously correct that the batter will get no respite.

sixtieth over: England 162-4 (Stokes 40, Bairstow 4) Lyon, who’s discovering some flip, attracts an inside edge from Stokes. It trickles away for 2 however will solely encourage Lyon, who can certainly scent some wickets right here.


59th over: England 160-4 (Stokes 38, Bairstow 4) So it’s again to Stokes and Bairstow, the ginger ninjas who made a sport of it by rescuing England from the depths of 36-4 within the first innings. And Bairstow is almost run out! Going for a second to backward sq. – he’d be gone if Alex Carey had gathered the throw neatly.

It’s been phenomenal stuff from Boland. He now has two for 17 from 15 overs, whereas Starc and Cummins, each way more tried-and-Tested, have none for 91 from 24 between them.

Bairstow dives to make his ground.

Bairstow dives to make his floor. Photograph: Jason McCawley – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images


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Wicket!! Root c Carey b Boland 24 (England 156-4)

Boland will get his man! A basic nick, reward for his relentless accuracy. And in that break up second the scales tip in favour of an Australia win.

Boland snares Root.

Boland snares Root. Photograph: Rick Rycroft/AP


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58th over: England 156-3 (Root 23, Stokes 38) Root takes a single off Lyon and Stokes, on the assault once more, belts him over mid-on for 4.

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57th over: England 151-3 (Root 23, Stokes 34) Boland bothers Root once more, beating him on the within edge with the nip-backer and going up for an enormous enchantment. Cummins thinks a few assessment earlier than deciding towards. He’s most likely proper, nevertheless it’s stunning as he has three evaluations to play with and Root is the person most able to batting all day right here. I’m wondering if Cummins was dissuaded by the well-known second at Headingley in 2019 when Tim Paine burned Australia’s final assessment and paid the worth.

56th over: England 150-3 (Root 23, Stokes 34) It’s a double change as Green provides technique to Lyon. He’s on the spot to Stokes, who’s cautious, as properly he could also be after being LBW b Lyon within the first innings, and that’s a maiden.

A few issues I missed, sorry. That pull from Stokes within the 53rd over introduced up the fifty partnership – it’s now 54 off 22 overs or so. And I didn’t say due to Sam Perry, whose elegant phrases stored us entertained for the primary half of the day, or, in my case, the entire of the night time.

fifty fifth over: England 150-3 (Root 23, Stokes 34) Here is a bowling change. Cummins takes Starc off and brings again Scott Boland, the person with the fairytale Test profession. He’s immaculate as regular: 5 testing balls to Root within the channel, adopted by one which jags away and simply evades the surface edge.

54th over: England 150-3 (Root 23, Stokes 34) Still no bowling change from Cummins for the reason that resumption, which isn’t like him. Green doesn’t repay his religion on this over, repeatedly dropping too quick. Root performs a measured minimize for 2, then a much less measured one that might carry 4 if it wasn’t rudely interrupted by a flying save from Nathan Lyon within the gully. Root then performs a watchful pull for a single. He does play at a variety of deliveries, which makes nice viewing, however it’s got him into bother on all of his journeys to Australia.

53rd over: England 147-3 (Root 20, Stokes 34) Starc continues and it’s Root’s flip to get a innocent edge, a thick one off the within of the bat as he pushes to leg. He takes a single, leaving Stokes to assist himself to a straight punch for 2 and a pull for 4. These pulls are making him grimace, however he’s nonetheless taking part in them. Is he dreaming of a win?

52nd over: England 140-3 (Root 19, Stokes 28) Green overpitches for as soon as and Stokes cashes in with a crunching cowl drive for 4. He has batted higher right here, with a facet pressure, than he did within the first three Tests when absolutely match.

Halfway to the draw!

51st over: England 136-3 (Root 19, Stokes 24) Starc finds a sliver of motion, squares Stokes up and attracts a vanguard, nevertheless it goes down not up. Stokes replies with a rock-solid push to mid-on for a single. And England have made it to midway when it comes to overs – whereas, after all, reserving the precise to break down at any time.

Stokes remains at the crease.

Stokes stays on the crease. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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fiftieth over: England 135-3 (Root 19, Stokes 23) Green to Root: dot, dot, dot… maiden. And England have made it to 50 overs, with one other 52 to go if the rain stays away.

forty ninth over: England 135-3 (Root 19, Stokes 23) Stokes, going through Starc for the primary time on this spell, will get a brief ball and thinks he would possibly as properly pull it for six. Say what you want about England, they’ve gained the battle of the sixes on this match – the rating is England 8, Australia 5. As but, although, neither facet has managed a seven.

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forty eighth over: England 129-3 (Root 19, Stokes 17) At the opposite finish, Cummins goes with Cameron Green, so it’s top at each ends. Three singles and no alarms off his over.

forty seventh over: England 126-3 (Root 17, Stokes 16) It’s Mitchell Starc to reopen the proceedings. He’s principally outdoors off stump, the place many batsmen would depart him alone – however not Joe Root, who lives and dies by the glide. He lives by it now, serving to himself to a 4, good and managed.

forty sixth over: England 126-3 (Root 17, Stokes 16)

Starc begins the second session and he’s tight sufficient till he lastly affords Root some width, and the English captain obliges with a boundary.

It will likely be Tim de Lisle subsequent! Thanks for having me.

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Play to recommence at 2.10pm native

Daniel Brettig 🏏

SCG restart at 2.10pm #Ashes

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That’s in 9 minutes

Isla on England’s supposed 0% probability of successful by way of CricViz: Hi Sam, as a mathematician, can I say that’s potential, if there’s no decimal level and numbers behind the decimal level. That is: a chance of lower than 0.5%. Though as a cricket fan I’d give England a barely larger chance of successful – nonetheless keep in mind Butcher’s massive hundred chasing down 370-odd, and Crawley appears to be within the temper. Cheers, Isla

From Gavin: “The ground PA is now playing “I can see clearly now, the rain has gone”. So I feel we’ll be taking part in once more quickly.”

Forecast wanting good for the subsequent few hours

Chris Stocks

Covers off on the SCG and appears like that is likely to be it for the subsequent few hours when it comes to rain if the forecast is right. England may have had a number of overs knocked off although at any time when we do restart #Ashes

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Covers are coming off!

I’ll comb round for details about resumption of play, and any overs misplaced…

Possibly getting a little bit higher on the SCG

Will Macpherson

Still raining, however getting lighter on the SCG.

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But the large covers are nonetheless on…

From James: “Hi Pez, as this match is heading towards a draw, obliterating my excitement about the continuing march towards 5-0, I’ve just had a random thought hit me in the early stages of a rain delay. Why, when recounting the score of a series, do we omit the draws from the results? Cricket seems unique among the sports in saying that only a game won by either teams is a ‘result.’ If a draw happened, was it not the result of the game, did the game never happen, is it to be technically legally forgotten? If this match were a draw, couldn’t the series be rightfully recorded as being at 3-0-1? I think it’s purely an aesthetic thing because upon writing that out it looks yuck.”

I feel your suspicion is right, James. It appears yuck. And it’s in any other case implicit, supplied one is aware of what number of Tests had been within the collection. On high of that, would we have to delineate between rain-affected attracts, deserted matches, and plain attracts?

Then once more, possibly cricket wants extra numbers?

From Steve Gannon at 1.20pm, by way of e-mail: “1:20 pm. It’s the edge of a shower with clear radar from behind. Shouldn’t be long. Steve.”

Hope you’re proper, Steve!

In truth, “so dark the groundsmen or already laying out the hessian,” says Adam Collins

Will Macpherson

The covers are occurring, and the floodlights are being fired up at lunch. Don’t suppose it is raining but however feels prefer it may.

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LUNCH: England 122-3 (Root 13, Stokes 16)

An even session the place each side will really feel in with a shout for his or her desired outcome.

We’ve seen a little bit little bit of variable bounce, however not an excessive amount of in order to make life unmanageable for the guests. After the early lack of Hameed, quickly adopted by Malan, we had been handled to among the most wonderful batting from Zak Crawley, who really seemed world beating as he carved Cummins, Starc, Boland and co to all components. At one level he had 77 from 91 runs, earlier than Cameron Green – it’s honest to say – outsmarted him with a yorker. To that time Crawley had been imperious on each back and front foot, however significantly the latter.

Root and Stokes have since steadied proceedings, wanting stable sufficient towards Australia’s rotating quintet. Mitchell Starc has been held again, whereas the others have maintained their strains and lengths, anticipating some misbehaviour within the pitch. The ghosts of India final 12 months are nonetheless there, most evident when Alex Carey recorded one other very take-able dropped probability, which can rightly provoke dialog about his protecting credentials.

Three wickets is an honest return for many classes of cricket, however there’s loads of hope for England. This one appears prefer it’s going deep. Strap in (or, take pleasure in it nevertheless you want, actually).

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forty fifth over: England 122-3 (Root 13, Stokes 16)

Root pushes the second into the hole on the off-side, so Stokes will likely be left to see it out. Lyon will get one to slip in to Stokes’ pads, however he will get sufficient bat on it to be secure. There’s a maintain up in play whereas Lyon brings deep sq. in. Stokes prices(!) however Lyon drags down and Stokes defends. One to go. It’s the straight one, Stokes handles it. Lyon and Root snigger. Lunch!

forty fourth over: England 121-3 (Root 12, Stokes 16)

Root is struck once more on the within thigh. Only simply! Root falls ahead a little bit and walks away, speaking to himself, crouching over (as you do). Cummins actually is aware of easy methods to discover Root’s nether areas. The subsequent appears like Root has nearly chopped on, nevertheless it’s caught between his legs. Root then misses out on tickling one positive – Cummins may be very straight to him. I’m wondering if the broad one will come. It doesn’t, it’s a fraction quick, and Root helps a pull shot all the way down to deep backward sq. for one. It’s a no-ball too. Cummins bounces Stokes, Stokes pulls it arduous, and Boland misfields it into the boundary. He’s performed {that a} good two or thrice. Fifth ball, Stokes clips it to Harris at quick leg however Harris drops it! It was straight to him – hit firmly sufficient – however in, then out. He tried to clutch it into the breadbasket, wrapping his legs and arms round it, nevertheless it discovered its means out. One extra ‘until lunch.

Damian: “Morning. I agree with Mr. Parker about Mr. Starbuck’s coffee, but I’d like to let him know that I always found that the fur round his hood was a poor design choice when it got really damp.Yours etc, Damian”

forty fourth over: England 115-3 (Root 11, Stokes 12)

Lyon v Stokes. There are two dots, so one thing has to alter, doesn’t it? No. Stokes defends once more. Lyon will need to preserve him right here. So he’s fast and flat, and Stokes defends. This is the place Stokes tries one thing totally different. Lyon tosses up, and I’m fallacious, Stokes defends. Was a half-volley. Stokes then misses out on a brief and broad one. A maiden. Quick over.

forty third over: England 115-3 (Root 11, Stokes 12)

Root simply evades an LBW, squeezing the underside nook of his bat onto one that might’ve been plumb in any other case. Cummins is selecting issues up right here, 12 minutes to lunch. It’s Stokes now, and he’s leaving earlier than receiving a leg bye to deep sq.. Root then pulls Cummins handsomely, sublimely, over backward sq. for 4. He digs out the final.


Gower completely outta management on comms. Not content material with throwing Alex Carey to the ground, he’s simply steered Russia would possibly nuke Australia. Love it.

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forty second over: England 109-3 (Root 6, Stokes 12)

Stokes gained’t keep in a single spot, it’s cat and mouse and so forth. He comes down the wicket and wristily flicks it previous Lyon for 2. He’s down once more however Lyon sees it, dragging it down, and Stokes has to lunge to defend. Good from Stokes – he doesn’t need Lyon to settle.

From Thomas Bancroft: I’m cricket and whisky loving jazz musician who has performed a gig on the Bunnahabhain Distillery within the Islay Jazz Festival. It is pronounced Boon-a-Haar-ven with the final 2 syllables rhyming with the title Marvin. After a gig a number of of us had been taken as much as the distillery managers workplace and given a nip of 40 12 months outdated particular cask Bunnahabhain. Jazz, check cricket, and single malt – all comparable participating pursuits. Best, Tom Bancroft (he left his quantity however I’ve deleted it)

forty first over: England 107-3 (Root 6, Stokes 10)

Now to Cummins v Root, there’s one which takes the pad down the leg facet, Carey falls to his left to gather it, however none of it’s actual – only a flick of the pad. We’re now seeing vistas of a brooding Sydney sky – it appears stormy. The Penrith boy shoots for the yorker however Root is there, simply wanting a little bit caught on the crease. A single could be helpful. Always unusual when Root is stored quiet. But he’s right here, and it’s a maiden.

Will Macpherson

40 overs in, England have a second batter in double figures

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fortieth over: England 107-3 (Root 6, Stokes 10)

Lyon is bowling to Stokes, and that’s what he’d need. Actually, who am I to know what Lyon would need? It’s a meditation in flight versus ahead defence. Stokes then mixes it up and goes again to the identical ball. So far, so secure. Then Lyon goes faster, flatter, straighter – Stokes is onto it. That’s the killer ball. Lyon begins the dance once more however Stokes is having none of it – he’s throughout and sweeping him over sq. leg for 4. A great waltz.

thirty ninth over: England 103-3 (Root 6, Stokes 6)

Cummins is into the assault now. His first comes again a fraction and Root inside edges onto his pad. “Ohh!” exclaim the Australians. Root is extra watchful on the subsequent, his head staying down by means of the stroke that little bit longer. Cummins challenges fourth stump once more. Root is half-in, half-out, he open faces it to gully. Root corrects once more. Same line, however straighter in defence down the bottom. I like this: we had Green v Crawley earlier on the undercard, now Cummins v Root because the headliner. Cummins will get one other to seam in and take Root’s inside thigh. Hope his has a pad there – I’m positive he does. Cummins making it discuss.

thirty eighth over: England 103-3 (Root 6, Stokes 6)

Two close-in for Root now, going through Lyon. Root works him to deep mid-wicket. One now close-in for Stokes. Lyon is fast and flat. Stokes can’t discover a hole.

thirty seventh over: England 102-3 (Root 5, Stokes 6)

It’s Green – second slip (Smith) strikes to leg gully. They need to bowl straight. Green is across the wicket, angling in at Stokes’ off stump. Stokes then squeezes one off the within edge simply previous the grasp of Harris at quick leg. He will get two. Stokes challenged by Green right here.

thirty sixth over: England 100-3 (Root 5, Stokes 4)

Lyon’s again on. He’s straight on the cash. Root is to date completely satisfied to sit down again, although one expects he’ll use his toes quickly. I’m nonetheless unhappy Crawley is out. Lyon’s giving it air right here, Root shouldn’t be accepting. It goes like that for the again half of the over.

From Alex Gartland: Hi Sam, Can’t assist however suppose that Zak Crawley has purchased himself a number of extra video games he possibly doesn’t deserve on account of that knock. Is it price persisting with somebody who appears improbable as soon as each 5-10 innings however persistently fails to make scores? It is likely to be a James Vince scenario yet again. Cheers

Who else ought to have his spot? The younger man is nice sufficient, his opponents are much less so. He wants to stay now. That innings was a number of commonplace deviations larger than something any rival for his spot has been capable of muster.

thirty fifth over: England 100-3 (Root 5, Stokes 4)

Green nearly takes Stokes’ off stump in a lot the identical means he did within the first innings when the bail failed to maneuver. Stokes replies by straight driving him for 4 – he’s unmoved after the stroke. Always appears higher that means. He defends the subsequent and takes one hand off the bat – he appears pained.

From johnstarbuck: Sam, I do perceive the purpose concerning the so-called espresso retailers ‘Starbucks’’ and their feeble merchandise however would level out that they don’t have anything to do with my household. It was a considerably weak appropriation of the character Mr Starbuck, First Mate of the Peaquod in ‘Moby-Dick’ (an American basic) who was one thing of a Cassandra in that he forecast doom and gloom and was confirmed proper regardless that no-one believed him. The variety of occasions I’ve needed to level this out …. John Starbuck PS Pity about Crawley however properly performed for having a go.

Thank you johnstarbuck

thirty fourth over: England 96-3 (Root 5, Stokes 0)

Boland appears harmful once more. He’s again of a size and Root is watchful. Sorry, however that was a exceptional innings from Crawley – utterly at odds with the rhythm of the innings. There’s no hundred for him nevertheless it deeply underscored his means. Green v Crawley: we’ll most likely see that one once more. A maiden for Boland, by the way in which.

will griffin

again to the pure and undiluted nervousness watching england bat invokes

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thirty third over: England 96-3 (Root 5, Stokes 0)

Root strikes off a pair courtesy of a leg stump half-volley from Green. Nicely clipped, it’s finer than positive leg. Get Root off strike although, I need to watch Crawley. Thank you, Joe – have one to sq. leg. Can you consider it? He will get a brief and broad supply, however Crawley finds Lyon at level. Is that his first mistake? Possibly, as a result of he makes one other, Green yorking him gloriously to take away him. Told you they wanted to pitch it up!

Green celebrates claiming the wicket of Crawley.

Green celebrates claiming the wicket of Crawley. Photograph: Jason McCawley – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images

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WICKET! Crawley LBW Green 77 (England 96-3)

Yorker, it will get below his bat, and he’s LBW! Crawley evaluations extraordinarily unsuccessfully, it’s as out because it will get. That was a sensational knock from Crawley, properly performed younger man. Then once more, he’s most likely thrown away a double tonne.

will griffin

this knock from crawley is probably the most secure i’ve felt all collection

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thirty second over: England 91-2 (Crawley 77, Root 0)

Why do they preserve bowling on his hip? Who cares? Another flicked boundary for Crawley, this time from Boland’s bowling. I’d name that one “caressed”. He’s 77 from 91 runs. So Australia has a brief leg and quick sq. leg. Why would you retain bowling there? Starve him! I’m a man on the pc.

Dean Wilson

Joe Root has by no means received a pair in Test cricket. In truth he has at all times adopted a 1st innings duck with at the least a half century within the second.

January 9, 2022

thirty first over: England 87-2 (Crawley 73, Root 0)

Green is retained, so Lyon’s been eliminated after a wicket. Interesting. Crawley – you guessed it – whips him by means of mid wicket for 4. He then will get a single (“good cricket!”) and Root sees off the remainder.

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