The Ashes: England take two wickets in final session to check Australia’s progress in Sydney | Cricket News

Australia closed the first day of the fourth Ashes Test with 126-3 with James Anderson and Mark Wood hitting in the last session; Stuart Broad previously fired David Warner for the thirteenth time in Test cricket; Australia kept the urn with the innings win in the Boxing Day test at MCG

Last updated: 05/01/22 07:57


James Anderson had Marcus Harris behind for 38 in the final session on the first day in Sydney

England scored twice in the final session on a rainy day of the fourth Ashes Test to curb Australia’s progress in Sydney.

James Anderson and Mark Wood fired Marcus Harris (38) and Marnus Labuschagne (28) respectively in successive overs as Australia slipped from 111-1 to 117-3 before closing at 126-3 on a day they were launched only 46.5 overs due to bad weather.

Anderson and Wood bagged their wickets after the ball was changed in the middle of the 30th over, before Usman Khawaja (4 no of 22) and Steve Smith (6 no of 23) led Australia to the stumps, which it arrived about 35 minutes earlier after another downpour.

Stuart Broad, recalled by the English side in place of the injured Ollie Robinson, fired David Warner (30) for the 13th time in testing when he had the opening caught behind from behind the wicket after lunch.

  • Australia closed 126-3 after winning the draw
  • Harris (38), Warner (30), Labuschagne (28)
  • Broad fires Warner for the 13th time in testing
  • Anderson, Wood also scores for England

England are 3-0 down in the five-game series and are now trying to avoid a 5-0 streak, with Australia keeping the Ashes with one win per inning and 14 points in Melbourne last time around.

Joe Root’s side were unable to clinch a wicket in the opening session, which was limited to 12.3 overs due to the initial rain, as Australia reached 30-0 after choosing to bat.

Broad, however, removed Warner for the eighth time in his last seven tests against Australia after the hiatus – Zak Crawley swallowed the possibility of a second mistake as Broad broke a 51-year opening partnership between Warner and Harris. .

Broad had been described as a “caged tiger” by England assistant manager Graham Thorpe before the Sydney match after making only one appearance in the series so far.

The 35-year-old was unable to take advantage of his breakthrough, with play stopped later for the balls due to rain and not resumed until 5:20 UK time – after which Harris and Labuschagne led the hosts. from 56-1 to 111-1 in a fairly serene fashion as their second wicket stand extended to 60.

Stuart Broad removed David Warner for the thirteenth time in Test cricket and eight times in his last seven tests against Australia

Stuart Broad removed David Warner for the thirteenth time in Test cricket and eight times in his last seven tests against Australia

England rallied after the drinks, hitting double in as many overs, with Anderson and Wood respectively for Harris and Labuschagne.

Harris stopped a ball from Anderson which deflected him to Root on the second slip, while Labuschagne rattled Wood’s delivery to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

Khawaja exited at number 5 for Australia, the 35-year-old made his first test appearance since 2019 as a replacement for Covid-stricken Travis Head.

Covid has also hit the pitch in England, with manager Chris Silverwood among a number of behind-the-scenes staff in solitary confinement, leaving Thorpe to lead England at the SCG.

Thorpe will be quite happy with his first day on the job in Sydney as his team try to recover from heavy losses in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, the last of which saw Australia retain the urn.

Mark Wood celebrates Marnus Labuschagne's wicket at SCG

Mark Wood celebrates Marnus Labuschagne’s wicket at SCG

What they say

English fast bowler Mark Wood, speaking with BT Sport: “It was a tough day, getting those wickets in the end definitely helped and it was a good day overall. As we found out in Australia the ball will do nothing and then one will go away, that’s when you can get yours. wicket “.

What’s next?

The Sydney test continues from 11pm UK time, while the fifth and final test – a day-night in Hobart – takes place between 14 and 18 January.

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