Australia aim to move one step closer to a 5-0 series whitewash while England search for inspiration to improve upon their performances in the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney.
Australia vs England, fourth Test
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
January 5-9, 10:30 am local
Australia will be without the services of Travis Head for the fourth Test with Usman Khawaja replacing him in the XI. The hero of the last match, Scott Boland will also get another chance with Josh Hazlewood still not declared fit. The motivation will be high in the Australian camp with the chance of a 5-0 series whitewash being on the back of their minds.
England have brought back Stuart Broad for the match with Ollie Robinson missing out. They will count on his experience along with James Anderson to provide them with inspiration. The batting displays will also have to improve by leaps and bounds if they are to avoid going 4-0 down in the series. The onus will again be on skipper Joe Root to score the bulk of the runs.
Remember the last time
Batting first on a grassy Melbourne track, England were bowled out for 185 after a collective bowling performance by the Australian bowling unit.
In reply, Australia managed to muster up a score of 267 guided by Marcus Harris’ 76. England were already in a world of trouble at the end of day two, losing four wickets.
On the third morning, the visitors were blown away, being bowled out for a paltry 68, losing the contest by an innings and 14 runs. Scott Boland ended up with figures of 6/7 in four overs in the innings, as Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.
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.”