Aussie skipper Steve Smith’s resolute century secures Ashes test draw and prevents England from her first likely success. Australia only lost two wickets on the fifth day of Boxing Day test match. This particular test match win could have been a significant boost for the touring side. At least, with this draw, they can now travel to Sydney with their confidence restored to some extent. Halting Australia’s winning streak is an encouraging outcome of the fourth test.
It was just the second drawn Boxing Day Test in 20 years. Even 164 runs of first innings lead and Alaister Cook’s unbeaten double hundred couldn’t rescue England and achieve a face-saving test win for the team. Cook was named man-of-the-match after carrying his bat in England´s first innings. It was the highest score by a batsman carrying his bat in test history.
England camp doesn’t seem motivated to introduce debutants in the last test match rather they would like to carry on with the same team and eventually end the series with some positivity. Englishmen require to battle it out really hard against the team that has a history to fight for every run and who never deal with anything complacently.