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Day 4 – What Happened
Usman Khawaja scored his second century match to help Australia claim 265 points on the fourth day of Saturday’s fourth Ashes Test, giving England an unlikely victory goal of 388.
England’s hopes of avoiding a 4-0 deficit in the series appear to rest on stubborn batting and the weather, which will continue on the final day of the 30th after Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley survive 11 times in front of the stump and not lose.
The day belongs again to Khawaja, who returned to Test cricket after 2.5 years as a temporary replacement for Travis Head when the middle batsman tested positive for COVID-19.
The 35-year-old has reinvigorated Australia’s squad with a 179-game revival with all-rounder Cameron Green after England had stopped making a second announcement of the match.
Calm and stylish, Khawaja added 101 of the 137 he scored in the first inning, hitting the ground twice to reach the milestone for the 10th time.
“A surreal moment,” said Khawaja, who has now played against England for three centuries at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
“I’ve never played back-to-back hundreds of times in first-class cricket, let alone Test cricket.
“It’s a good tick to put the team in a situation where we can hopefully win a Test match tomorrow,” he added. “very special.”
He is the third batsman to hit both innings in a Ground Test match for centuries, joining compatriot Doug Walters against the West Indies in 1969 and Ricky Ponting against South Africa in 2006.
After being sacked 294 times in the first 40 minutes of the day, England struck a decent bowling punch in Australia and eliminated the top four with just 86 points.
However, that only brought Khawaja and Green together, who were on the verge of giving Australia a 400-point lead when the latter fired a 74 to Jack Leach to finally break the partnership. Advantage.
Leach (4-84) then put Alex Carey behind on the next ball, but Australia’s Pat Cummins denied the spinner a hat-trick chance, refusing to make it up and calling Khawaja back in the locker room in a statement.
Australia’s four wickets were taken by Ollie Pope, who replaced injured Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow with wickets.
Bairstow scored England’s only series of a century in the first inning, with Butler and all-rounder Ben Stokes scanning for injuries before the game, but all will be batting on Sunday.
“I’m sure the lads will do everything they need to do tomorrow,” said acting England coach Graham Thorpe.
“They’ll all hit the ball and I’m sure they’ll all do well.”
The weather may still have an effect on that as the storm swept the Pacific coast, but if they miss Sydney’s eastern suburbs, England’s job looks tough.
The most successful fourth inning in the SCG Cricket Test’s 140-year history was the overhaul of Australia’s 287-run goal against South Africa in 2006.
Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Manus Labouchagne, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Cameron Green, Alex Carey ), Pat Cummins (centre), Mitchell Stark, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.
UK: Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson.
Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (w), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland, Usman Khawaja, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Swepson
UK: Haseeb Hameed Zak Crawley Dawid Malan Joe Root (c) Ben Stokes Jonny Bairstow Jos Buttler (w) Mark Wood Ollie Robinson Jack Leach James Anderson Stuart Broad Chris Woakes Dominic Bess Ollie Pope , Rory Burns , Craig Over Dayton, Daniel Lawrence
When and where to watch the Ashes of Australia VS England 2021-22?
The match will be broadcast live Sony Sports Network and will be in Sony LIV App from 5am.