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Australia vs England, 4th Test, Day 4: Rainfall washes away England’s hopes as Australia reach 103/2 at stumps

Australia vs England, Ashes 2017, 4th Test, Day 4: Play was abandoned just a few overs after Lunch due to heavy rainfall in Melbourne.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: December 29, 2017 1:33 pm
Australia are playing 4th Test at MCG. Chris Woakes gave an early blow to Australia in the second innings. (Reuters)

England could not pile on any more runs on the fourth day with James Anderson getting out early. Alastair Cook missed out on his 250 and remained not out on 244. Coming in to bat for the second innings, Australia lost two early wickets in the form of Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja. While Bancroft departed on 27 runs and became a victim to Chris Woakes, the left-handed batsman Khawaja was caught behind on 11 runs on a James Anderson delivery. The hero of 1st innings David Warner and Australian skipper Steve Smith settle Australia after a nervy start and ensured they do not lose any more wickets in the session. The two kept on going after Lunch and took Australia’s total past 100 runs before rain hindered play. Australia managed to reach 103/2, trailing England by 61 runs. With the weather showing no signs of improvement, the play was abandoned and England lose hopes of clinching a victory in the 4th Test.

Australia vs England, 4th Test, Day 4 highlights

Australia XI: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

England XI: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

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