TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: England’s tenth-wicket partnership saves a Check match for the SEVENTH time in historical past… whereas new Aussie hero Scott Boland takes his bowling common to an unimaginable 8.64











The 102 overs England survived was essentially the most they’d confronted within the fourth innings of an Ashes Check to safe a draw for 50 years. At Trent Bridge in 1972, they closed on 290 for 4 from 148 overs, with opener Brian Luckhurst seeing off 268 balls for his 96.

Solely twice earlier than have England made extra runs within the fourth innings to safe a draw with 9 wickets down. At Auckland in 2012-13, they closed on 315 for 9, due to an unbeaten century from Matt Prior. Three winters earlier, they’d made 296 for 9 to carry off South Africa at Cape City.

In all, it was the seventh time they’ve saved a Check match with 9 down within the remaining innings.

Jimmy Anderson (left) and Stuart Broad (proper) of England stroll off after the match on the Sydney Cricket Floor resulted in a draw on day 5 of the fourth Check match on the Ashes

Joe Root’s second-innings dismissal for twenty-four meant he had failed to attain a half-century in a Check in Australia for the primary time since Perth 2017-18, six matches in the past.

Nathan Lyon has now dismissed Ben Stokes 9 instances in Check cricket. Solely his fellow off-spinner, Indian’s Ravichandran Ashwin, has dismissed Stokes extra usually, on 11 events.

England's Ben Stokes has now been been dismissed by Nathan Lyon nine times in Test cricket

England’s Ben Stokes has now been been dismissed by Nathan Lyon 9 instances in Check cricket 

Zak Crawley’s 77 was his highest Check rating in 18 Check innings since he appeared to announce himself with 267 towards Pakistan on the Ageas Bowl in August 2020. Since then, he had averaged 11.

When Steve Smith dismissed Jack Leach, it was his first Check wicket towards England since eradicating Alastair Cook dinner for 85 at The Oval in 2015. 

Scott Boland has a Check bowling common of 8.64 after including match figures of seven for 63 to his heroics at Melbourne.

Australia's Scott Boland has now taken his bowling average to an incredible 8.64

Australia’s Scott Boland has now taken his bowling common to an unimaginable 8.64

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