AUS 327, 263/4 (124.2 Ovs)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Series: The Ashes, 2017-18
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Date & Time: Dec 26-Dec 30, 5:00 AM, 11:30 PM GMT ,10:30 AM LOCAL
Steve Smith: Nice to have finished off well and get the boys a draw at the end. I thought Mitch played really well, eating up 160 balls for his 30-odd and did a good job to get us to a draw. Yesterday afternoon when it started raining, and the pitch was really slow was when we thought of going for the draw. The pitch was really slow and though there was a bit of reverse, it was difficult to get people out. It was a nice wicket to bat on and not get out; but was difficult to score. (On Cook) Every time you get to 200 means you’ve played well. He cut and pulled really well and put anything off his pads to the boundary. He stuck to the basics and when you get in, it is difficult to get out on a surface like this if you bat long. (Starc for Sydney) Not very sure at the moment, we’ll have to see how he goes with his fitness. Sydney is a great place to play, can’t wait to play on my home ground. The SCG Test is a magnificent one.
Joe Root: We did have a great chance at lunch and we did everything we could to take things forward. Credit to Steve his team, they played superbly. Not a very responsive pitch and that makes things harder. We exhausted every option and the pitch didn’t help us at all. Throughout the five days we had tremendous support from the Barmy Army. We have the best fans in the world. He’s (Smith) certainly playing well and it is very difficult to get him out on a wicket like this. Hopefully we can get in different plans for him for Sydney. It is frustrating that it has taken this long to get a performance such as this one. It could’ve been a lot easier coming in 3-0 and looking lost. But I am proud of the boys and the performance they have put in.
Alastair Cook, Man of the Match: On a personal note it does feel terrific. But disappointed that we couldn’t quite push for the result. Obviously a good pitch to bat on, as we could see. It has been a disappointing tour for me but I suppose when you haven’t scored runs you can play freely. I didn’t change too much in practice, I have a constant technique and that is what I focused on in the nets. We need to do well in Sydney and I hope we can score big out there.
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A sensational 244* from Alastair Cook guides England to 491/9 at Stumps on Day 3, a lead of 164.
— ICC (@ICC) December 28, 2017
Mitchell Starc has been ruled out after suffering a bruised heel in the third Test. He will be replaced by backup paceman Jackson Bird. Steve Smith had an injury scare at training on Christmas Eve but will play.
Australia XI: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird
Craig Overton, the emerging allrounder, will miss the match due to a bruised rib. As a result, Surrey quick Tom Curran will be making his Test debut.
England XI: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson
When is Australia vs England 4th Ashes Test match?
Australia vs England 4th Ashes Test will be played from December 26 (Tuesday), the first day of the five-day game. This will be the fourth Test of the five-match series between the two countries.
Where is the Australia vs England 4th Ashes Test match?
Australia vs England 4th Ashes Test will be played at the WACA stadium in Perth, Western Australia. Australia won the last two Tests of the series by 10 wickets and 120 runs respectively.