Ashes 2021-22: Twitterverse Reacts As England Hang Onto A Draw In Sydney As Australia Fail To Take Last Wicket
Ashes 2021-22: Twitterverse Reacts As England Hang Onto A Draw In Sydney As Australia Fail To Take Last Wicket.

The fourth Test match of the ongoing Ashes 2021-22 between Australia and England ended in an exciting draw, as the visitors hung on with just one wicket in hand on Sunday, January 9, 2022, despite the hosts desperately trying to register a win and keep their hopes of a 5-0 clean sweep alive.

Australia captain Pat Cummins won the toss and chose to bat first with the hosts scoring 416/8d with the first day of the match getting affected by rain. Usman Khawaja made 137 on his return to the Test team after three years. Steve Smith made 67, while the tail wagged as well. Stuart Broad picked 5/101 after playing his second Test in the series.

In reply, England managed 294 runs with Jonny Bairstow slamming 113 and Ben Stokes making 66 runs. Scott Boland continued his fairytale picking four wickets. Usman Khawaja slammed another century in the second innings, making 101*, while Cameron Green made 74, with Australia declaring at 265/6d and setting England a target of 368 runs to win the match.

Usman Khawaja, Australia, Ashes 2021-22
Usman Khawaja (Credits: Twitter)

England Struggle With The Bat, But Hang Onto A Draw On Day Five

Joe Root’s England had a huge task at hand to either chase the huge target or bat out for a draw and they managed to do one of the tasks successfully. Zak Crawley made 77 runs at the top, despite Haseeb Hameed and Dawid Malan falling in single-digit scores. Joe Root made 24, while Stokes made his second half-century of the match.

Bairstow also made 41, but in the end, Jack Leach (26) and Stuart Broad hung around enough, while James Anderson managed to play out the entire final over from Steve Smith to earn a famous draw for the visitors, a small morale booster after being thumped in three previous Test matches.

Ben Stokes. Photo- Getty
Ben Stokes. Photo- Getty

Usman Khawaja was named the Player of the Match for his 137 and 101*, though many thought Australia wasted valuable time waiting for Green to make his maiden century and should have declared once Khawaja reached his three-figure mark.

However, both cricket fans and experts unanimously lauded England’s courage and batters’ will to bat out of their skins to earn a draw for their team and avoid a possible white-wash in the Ashes 2021-22.

Here are some of the tweets: