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Australian pace bowler Scott Boland is likely to miss the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart after he reportedly injured his rib and elbow in the fourth Test in Sydney.

Boland, who made an impressive Test debut against his home crowd in Melbourne, was said to play the Sydney Test with pain.

Scott Boland to miss Hobart Test-Reports

According to a report by The Age, Boland was able to push through and continue bowling with the help of painkillers.

Boland has scalped 14 wickets from playing just three matches at an average of 8.64 apiece. He bowled a breathtaking spell of six wickets for seven runs in the second innings of the MCG Test as England were bowled out for 68.

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Australia won that match by an innings and 14 runs to clinch the series 3-0 and retain the Ashes for the third time in a row.

Australia and England played a riveting final day of the Sydney Test as the latter were successful in enforcing a draw and avoiding another whitewash.

England forced to draw against Australia in Sydney

England tail-enders Jack Leach, Stuart Broad and James Anderson displayed defiance as they didn’t surrender their wickets to the Australian bowlers.

In the last 10 overs of the game, Australia were just two wickets shy of scripting another victory against their arch-rivals and make it 4-0 . But  Leach and Broad combined to produce one of the best defensive batting shows as they blocked the balls from Cummins, Starc and Boland.

As the umpires signalled towards bad light, Cummins was left with the option to bowl spinners from both ends in the final three overs. Australia’s Test vice-captain Smith bowled alongside Nathan Lyon to get any chance of finding a wicket.

Leach was dismissed by Steve Smith in the 100th over as he edged to David Warner in the slip cordon.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad
James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Credits: England Cricket/Twitter.

Broad safely negated Lyon’s penultimate over by leaving the final over to his close friend Anderson to play.

Anderson blocked four balls successfully, as he was ready to play the final two deliveries, the broadcasters panned the camera towards the England dugout where an anxious Stokes was seen hiding his face behind his shirt.

Boland had got the wickets of Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow to bring the hosts back in that game before the tail-enders showed dogged resistance to salvage England a wonderful draw.

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