ASHES PLAYER RATINGS: Jonny Bairstow shows how to save a Test career in unlikely draw
By SEAMLESS DAILY
09 January 2022
Here, Sportsmail's LAWRENCE BOOTH assesses the performances from both teams following the fourth Test at the SCG in Sydney.
England Haseeb Hameed- 1 Has now made six single-figure scores in a row.
Ben Stokes- 8 Batted nearly five and a half hours in all despite a side strain, and contributed a pair of characterful sixties.
May get a breather in Hobart.
Jonny Bairstow- 8.5 That's how to save a Test career.
Brushing aside the pain of a sore right thumb, he followed a pulsating century with a rearguard 41.
Jos Buttler- 3 Has he played his last Test?
A finger injury in the field has ended his tour, and the future looks uncertain.
Also contributed a quick 39, with three pulled sixes off Cummins.
Stuart Broad- 7 Drew on all his competitive zest to pick up his first Test five-for in 18 months – including Warner, for old time's sake.
It was just a shame the selectors didn ’ t give him that chance from the start of the series.
Marcus Harris- 6.5 Twice made a start, twice fell groping outside off stump.
Marnus Labuschagne- 5.5 Since replacing Root at the top of the Test rankings, he has now fallen three times in a row to Wood without reaching 30.
Steve Smith- 7 Wanted a hundred for his home crowd, but was undone by Broad for 67 in the first innings.
Usman Khawaja- 10 Ignored by Australia's selectors for two and a half years, he made 137 and 101 not out, and may still be pinching himself.
It wasn ’ t his fault Cummins delayed the declaration.
Only twice before have England made more runs in the fourth innings to secure a draw with nine wickets down.
Alex Carey- 3 Proving unexpectedly fallible diving to his right, and two cheap dismissals with the bat.
Pat Cummins- 6.5 Twice removed Buttler and Wood – thrillingly on the final evening.
mark wood and substitute wicketkeeper ollie pope did their best to keep england alive in the fourth afternoon.
Mitchell Starc- 5.5 Removed Hameed early in England's first innings, but finished with match figures of one for 124, and couldn ’ t break through with the second new ball on the last evening.
scott boland has a test bowling average of 8.64 after adding match figures of seven for 63 to his heroics at melbourne.
One of those came as Wood found the edge of the world's number one batter Marnus Labuschagne for the third innings in a row – continuing his extended spell of success against the prolific right-hander.
But Australia were still able to reach 149 for four – guaranteeing an England side who have yet to reach 300 all series a formidable chase.
His second dismissal took a little more nous, Marcus Harris nicking a drive off Jack Leach to leave a tough chance.
Both of Australia's most bankable run-scorers failed to make a serious dent, Labuschagne once more allowing Wood ’ s pace to get under his skin.
To English frustration first-innings centurion Usman Khawaja continued his prior good form, pulling gracefully as he led the less secure Cameron Green in a stand of 63 up to the end of the session.
The 102 overs England survived was the most they had faced in the fourth innings of an Ashes Test to secure a draw for 50 years.
At Auckland in 2012-13, they closed on 315 for nine, thanks to an unbeaten century from Matt Prior.
Joe Root's second-innings dismissal for 24 meant he had failed to score a half-century in a Test in Australia for the first time since Perth 2017-18, six matches ago.
Nathan Lyon has now dismissed Ben Stokes nine times in Test cricket.
Zak Crawley's 77 was his highest Test score in 18 Test innings since he appeared to announce himself with 267 against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl in August 2020.
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