Sydney [Australia], Jan 9 (ANI): Stuart Broad and James Anderson beat the final two overs on Day 5 as the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England ended in a draw here at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
The five-game series is 3-0 in favor of Australia and the fifth game kicks off in Hobart on Friday and it would be a competition by day and by night.
Resuming the third and final session of Day 5 at 174/4, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow added 19 more points in total before Stokes (60) was sent back to the flag by Nathan Lyon and that meant England needed to see 27 , 2 overs. the last day to leave with a draw.
With 17 overs left in the day, skipper Pat Cummins got the job done as he had Jos Buttler (11) judging leg before the wicket, and the task for England to survive the day just got more difficult. In the same round, Cummins took the better of Mark Wood (0) and England were reduced to 218/7.
Bairstow and Jack Leach held out for a while, but Scott Boland proved his mettle again as he sacked Bairstow (41) and Australia were just two wickets away from registering a memorable victory as the England had to beat 10.2 other overs to come away with a draw.
With three overs to survive, the light dimmed and the umpires decided only the spinners could bowling. Steve Smith entered the attack and during the final delivery of the 100th over, he dismissed Jack Leach (26). In the end, Broad and James Anderson beat 2 overs to help the visitors come away with a draw. Broad and Anderson went undefeated on 8 and 0 respectively.
Short notes: Australia 416 / 8d and 265 / 6d; England 294 and 270/9 (Zak Crawley 77, Ben Stokes 60; Scott Boland 3-30). (ANI)