Australia look to continue momentum as England search for answers in Sydney
While Australia aims to complete a 5-0 series sweep, England looks for motivation to improve on their performance in the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney.
The fourth Test between Australia and England is underway.
Sydney Cricket Ground is located in Sydney, Australia.
5–9 January, 10:30 a.m. local time
For the fourth Test, Australia will be missing Travis Head, who will be replaced in the XI by Usman Khawaja. With Josh Hazlewood still out, Scott Boland, the hero of the previous match, will get another shot. The Australian camp will be fired up, with the prospect of a 5-0 series whitewash in the back of their minds.
In place of Ollie Robinson, England has recalled Stuart Broad for the match. They will draw inspiration from his and James Anderson’s combined experience. If they are to avoid going 4-0 down in the series, their batting performances will have to improve by leaps and bounds. The captain, Joe Root, will once again be expected to score the majority of the runs.
When was the last time you did this?
After a collective bowling performance by the Australian bowling team, England were bowled out for 185 on a grassy Melbourne pitch.
In response, Australia managed a 267-point total, led by Marcus Harris’ 76. At the conclusion of day two, England had already lost four wickets and was in serious difficulty.
The visitors were bowled out for a meagre 68 runs on the third morning, losing the match by an innings and 14 runs. As Australia built an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, Scott Boland finished with figures of 6/7 in four overs in the innings.
What they said
Pat Cummins (Australia captain): “Just an awesome few weeks, so proud of the group as everything clicked and everything worked out. Thrilled for Scott Boland playing in front of his home crowd here. We have been relentless. The bowlers have just turned up and owned their areas outside off-stump. There have been big partnerships, everyone’s performed, everyone’s contributed – it’s a great feeling.”
Joe Root (England captain): “We have a lot of hard work to do now and come back strong in the last two games. Covid threat wasn’t ideal. The way we went about our cricket, especially our bowling was excellent yesterday. Credit to the boys for managing it and giving ourselves a chance in this game. We just have got to do things for longer. There have been pockets, but that’s just not enough. We know where we need to work and we have to stay very strong and make sure we look at the next two games as a real opportunity to take something away from this tour.”