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Marsh brothers. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Last Update on: January 7th, 2018 at 01:25 pm

England hopes of saving the match received a major blow on the fourth afternoon at SCG, as they lost both their openers inside the first six overs.

Having to roast in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees early in the day, as Australia registered a total of seven for 649, England were striving at 25 for two at tea. On the other hand, Alastair Cook became the sixth Test batsmen to reach the 12000-run mark.

Ashes 2017/18: Twitter Reacts as Australia Inch Closer to Victory

England lost another two wickets post tea making it even harder for them to save the match. Australian bowling attack was right on the money, as Lyon picked up two wickets well cushioned by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

Steven Smith had declared with Australia’s lead sitting at 303 runs after England had spent 193 overs on the field. Brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh had both reached their centuries on the fourth day, and the runs just kept piling up for the hosts.

Ashes 2017/18: Twitter Reacts as Australia Inch Closer to Victory

Leg-spinner Mason Crane finished with 193 for one in 48 overs making him the most expensive bowler ever by an England bowler on Test debut, and the fifth most expensive among all-comers.

Brief Score: Australia: 7 for 649 dec (Khawaja 171, S Marsh 156, M Marsh 101, Smith 83, Warner 56) by 210 runs

England: 346 and 4 for 93 (Joe Root 42*) Nathan Lyon 2 for 31.

Here is how the Twitter reacted after Australia edge towards another victory:

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