Australia skipper Steve Smith has scored his third century in the Ashes series as his knock ends the fourth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Groud in a draw. The Aussies leading the series by 3-0.
Australia were 103/2 overnight. David Warner and Smith made England frustrate in the morning session of day five. Rain came in to diminish England’s chances of winning.
Warner was nearing to become the first player to score hundreds in both innings of a Test match on four occasions. He tried to take on Joe Root in his first over and paid the price. The southpaw made 86 runs off 227 balls with 8 fours. He added 107 runs with Smith for the third wicket.
Stuart Broad dismissed Shaun Marsh for 4 before the lunch interval. The rest of the day was controlled by Smith and Mitchell Marsh. Australia went wicketless in the second session. Marsh kept his natural game out of equation in order to save his team.
Smith brought up his 23rd century in 259 balls, his second slowest after 261 at the Gabba. The Aussie skipper decided to declare the innings and the match ended in a draw.
Australia made 263/4 in 124.2 overs with a lead of 99 runs. Smith and Marsh put on unbroken 85-run stand. Smith played 275 deliveries for his 102* runs including 6 boundaries. Marsh made 29* off 166 balls hitting just one boundary.
The fifth and final Ashes Test will begin on January 4 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Australia 327 and 263/4d in 124.2 overs (Smith 102*, Warner 86; Root 1/1, Broad 1/44)
England 491 allout
Man of the Match: Alastair Cook (244*)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com