England vs Australia (ENG vs AUS) 4th Ashes Test Highlights: Australia will go into the end of Day 4 fancying their chances of winning the match and sealing the Ashes series on Day 5. Pat Cummins took two wickets in consecutive balls in the very first over of England’s second innings, leaving the home team staggering in their chase of 383.
Steve Smith (82 off 92 balls) was Australia’s hero in the away team’s innings, in a repeat of a script that has become all too familiar for England this summer. Joe Denly and Jason Roy have managed to see out the last few overs of Day 4 and will be walking out to resume England’s unlikely chase on Day 5.
The Ashes, 2019Old Trafford, Manchester 17 September 2019
England 301 (107.0) & 197 (91.3)
Australia 497/8 dec & 186/6 dec
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 4th Test ) Australia beat England by 185 runs
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End of Day 4
England manage to see out the day without further damage. That first over by Cummins would have broken them though. Denly and Roy, since then, have not looked comfortable at all. Australia will be fancying their chances of winning this Test and sealing the series on Day 5. England end the day at a score of 18/2, still needing 365 runs to overhaul Australia.
Lyon is brought into the attack for the first time and Denly sweeps him for four straightaway. Presenting the straight bat to defend against Lyon does not seem to be the way Denly is going. Tries the same shot two balls later and the ball misses his bat and goes to the keeper. He steps out of his crease to play the last ball of the over. Neither batsman is very comfortable at the moment. ENG 15/2
The first runs of the second innings come up for England. Jason Roy glances it to the leg side. Scampers back for a double. The last ball of the Cummins over - his second over - is sent to the leg side boundary with a similar shot. That will ease the nerves for Roy and the England team a bit.
Roy to face hat-trick ball
Jason Roy pads up at No.4. And blocks the hat-trick ball. Not the surest of blocks, that. The bat was too far away from the body. England cannot believe how disastrous that first over was. That has changed the entire complexion of this match. England would have been thinking on a win at 0/0. At 0/2, nobody would blame them if a draw is what they consider their best result now.
England begin chase
Cummins steams in to bowl for Australia. Burns and Denly out there for England. 30 minutes of chin music is what they will be up against. And it's a WICKET! A wicket in the first over! Burns gets a leading edge to float to Travis Head. Terrible beginning for England. Perfect start for Australia. And the next ball, Joe Root is bowled out for a duck! Cummins is on a hat-trick!
Australian skipper TIm Paine declares. England need 383 runs to win the match. Paine remains unbeaten for 83. AUS - 186/6 in 42.5 overs dec
Jonny Bairstow takes a one-handed stunner diving to his left. Mathew Wade goes fishing outside the off stump and paid the price for it. Wade gone for 37. Jofra Archer takes his third wicket of the day. A flurry of wickets in the last session? AUS - 158/6 in 39.2 overs
The most-prized wicket for England. Steve Smith gets out trying to hammer Jack Leach for a six over long-off. Ben Stokes makes no mistake, takes an easy catch. Smith out for 82. AUS - 149/5 in 38.1 overs
Yet another half-century from Steve Smith. This one came from 62 deliveries. Smith has been rock-solid despite wickets falling at the other end. He almost lost his wicket in the previous over to Ben Stokes' masterclass and anticipation at first slip. England bowlers once again find it hard to get past Smith. Another century on cards? AUS - 105/4 in 31 overs
Steve Smith and Mathew Wade have managed to go into the tea break after a flurry of wickets in the second session. Smith is batting on 19, Wade on 10. England opening bowlers Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer took two wickets each in the second session. AUS - 63/4 in 21 overs at tea break
Archer strikes down Head
The middle stump is out of the ground. That one went straight through the gate. Travis Head was stuck in the crease and Archer's delivery goes through the gap between bat and pad. AUS - 44/4 in 14 overs
Jofra Archer picks his first of the day. Marnus Labuschagne out leg before wicket. England have finally managed to get Labuschagne's wicket early on. He opts for review but umpire's call goes in England's favour. AUS - 24/3 in 9.3 overs
Stuart Broad is doing wonders with the new ball. Once again, the angle gets the better of opener Marcus Harris. Another disappointing show from Australian openers. The review goes in vain as well. Australia's two best batsmen in the series, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne are in the middle. AUS - 16/2 in 6.1 overs
Broad does it again!
Stuart Broad has done it again, he has got the wicket of David Warner for the sixth time in Ashes 2019. Once again, coming round the wicket and beating him with the angle. This one came in and Warner was plumb in front of the stumps. No need to review that one, Warner does not even bother. Perfect start for England. AUS - 0/1 in 1 over
Pat Cummins puts an end to Jos Buttler's fightback with a ripper. Buttler goes for an extravagant shot but misses the ball completely. Buttler out for 41, Cummins takes his third wicket of the match. ENG - 301 all out in 107 overs
Mitchell Starc trapped Jack Leach in front of the stumps but the umpire Marais Erasmus turns down the appeal. No reviews left. Frustration for Starc as he would have had his fourth wicket. ENG - 291/9 in 104 overs
Mitchell Starc is so good against the tailenders. A stunning in-swinger goes between Stuart Broad's bat and pad. Starc has his third, Jack Leach comes to bat and manages to defend the first delivery. ENG - 283/9 in 102 overs
Jos Buttler's controlled aggression and Stuart Broad's grit has prevented England from bundling out in the first session itself. Mitchell Starc ensured that he makes full use of the no ball by getting the wicket of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes. England are still trailing by 219 runs. Tim Paine will be hoping to mop-up the tail quickly in the second session. ENG - 278/8 in 98 overs
Extra bounce does the trick. An irresponsible shot from Jofra Archer as he loses his wicket to Pat Cummins. ENG - 256/8 in 93 overs
Mitchell Starc is doing wonders with the second new ball. Starc gets the ball to shape away from Ben Stokes and finds the outside edge. Steve Smith takes the catch comfortably in slip cordon. Stokes departs for 25. ENG - 243/7 in 88.3 overs
Mitchell Starc gets rid of Jonny Bairstow with a fiery in-swinging yorker, almost Malinga-like. Starc has started his work with the second new ball. ENG - 228/6 in 84.5 overs
New ball taken
Mitchell Starc with the new ball. That was the reason behind giving Nathan Lyon the ball towards the start of the day. Just one single from Jonny Bairstow's bat in Starc's first over of the day. ENG - 213/5 in 81 overs
Ben Stokes hit the first boundary from Pat Cummins' first over of the innings. Nathan Lyon opened the bowling for the day from the other end. Jonny Bairstow and Stokes have been cautious against the two bowlers. ENG - 207/5 in 78 overs
All eyes on Stokes
Hello and welcome to England vs Australia Ashes 4th Test. Once again, the spotlight is on Ben Stokes. England are half down and need a solid partnership to get rid of the trail. Pat Cummins' spell on Day 3 put England on the back foot. Jonny Bairstow needs to step up as well if England are to make a comeback.