Steve Smith took his first Test wicket since November 2016 as England managed to deny Australia victory on the fifth day of the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney. With three more overs to spare and England were 268 for eight, the visitors had to depend on luck and the waning lights helped. After the 99th over, the umpires asked Australian captain Pat Cummins to use spinners instead of fast bowlers due to poor light. At the time, Jack Leach and Stuart Broad did exceptionally well to keep the hosts at an arm’s length. But that all changed as Cummins surprisingly decided to bowl the ball to Steve Smith.
Leach managed to play the first five deliveries, but on the final ball of the 100th over, Smith bowled a delivery just outside the off-stump and Leach caught David Warner at first slip.
The Australians were thrilled to see Smith hit for the first time in Test cricket since 2016.
Despite the immense pressure, James Anderson and Stuart Broad negotiated the final two overs safely and held on to a famous draw.
Watch the video of Smith’s dismissal of Leach here:
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Smith last dismissed South Africa’s Vernon Philander in November 2016 before Leach took 18 Test wickets in total.
After setting a target of 388 runs, England kept their nerves up for a thrilling draw with just one wicket as Australia failed to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series.
James Anderson 11, who came second, kept his cool and came out on top in an intense final over from Smith.
The visitors put up a good fight in the second innings and displayed good batting performances from the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Zak Crawley.
Bairstow scored 41 runs in 105 balls and also hit three fours. Bairstow scored a century in the first innings itself.
Meanwhile, Stokes added 60 runs in 123 balls. The flamboyant all-rounder also hit 10 fours and a maximum.
Opener Crowley also made a significant contribution, scoring 77 off 100 balls, which included 13 fours.
Australia have already won the series by winning the first three Tests of the series.
The fifth and last match of the Ashes series is starting from January 14.
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