Bairstow hits ton, Stokes defies ache as England struggle again in Ashes sequence

Jonny Bairstow. — AFP
Jonny Bairstow. — AFP

SYDNEY: Jonny Bairstow broke via for his first Test hundred in Australia and wincing Ben Stokes reeled off a counter-punching half-century to assist England get better from one other collapse within the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney on Friday.

At the shut England had been 258 for seven, with Bairstow unbeaten on 103 with eight fours and three sixes, and Jack Leach not-out 4 to path Australia by 158 runs.

Yorkshireman Bairstow screamed with delight after he lower Pat Cummins to the ropes to lift his third Ashes Test century, however the first Down Under.

Bairstow reached his ton on the third-last ball of the third day for England’s first century on this sequence as he and Stokes led a restoration after England had been in dire straits at 36 for 4.

England have already misplaced the Ashes however they finally confirmed some struggle.

Stokes, grimacing in ache from a aspect pressure picked up whereas bowling on Thursday, posted his highest rating of the sequence with 66 to share within the rearguard.

Stokes dug deep to membership 9 fours and an enormous six off Nathan Lyon over further cowl however the off-spinner had the final phrase, trapping Stokes plumb lbw with a skidding supply to finish his courageous 91-ball knock.

It was a gutsy effort from Stokes, who was unable to bowl when he returned to the sector on Thursday after therapy.

Stokes had an enormous slice of luck on 16 when he was given out, solely to win a assessment when replays confirmed a Cameron Green supply really hit the off-stump however the bail in some way was not dislodged, a lot to his reduction.

Stokes shared in a restorative 128-run stand for the fifth wicket with Bairstow to tug England out of the mire.

Lusty hitting from Mark Wood gave England additional momentum earlier than he was caught by Lyon at backward level off a Cummins lifter for 39 off 41 balls.

Wood pointed to the ball coming off his helmet however within the assessment ‘Snicko’ detected a faint top-edge that then deflected off his helmet.

Boland will get Root

The fightback got here after Scott Boland continued his wicket-taking exploits for Australia with extra scalps together with England skipper Joe Root for a duck as England’s batting collapsed once more within the morning session.

Boland, who took a shocking 6-7 on his Test debut as man-of-the-match within the third Test in Melbourne, knocked over Zak Crawley’s off-stump after which had Root caught within the slips for a seven-ball duck to have the vacationers in but extra strife.

It obtained worse for England when Dawid Malan was caught by Usman Khawaja at leg slip for 3 off Green in a entice arrange for the catch.

Boland claimed two wickets in his first 19 balls, highlighted by the dismissal of Root, who but once more dabbled outdoors off-stump and speared a excessive two-handed catch to Steve Smith at second slip.

Boland has now taken 9 wickets within the sequence at simply 8.88. He later went for scans after a fall simply earlier than tea, however was later cleared of a rib damage.

Mitchell Starc took his sequence tally to 15 wickets when he took out Haseeb Hameed’s middle-stump for six with a lovely supply.

It continued a miserable run of outs by the England openers with stands of 0, 23, 7, 4, 4, 7 and 22.

Crawley, dropped on seven, was having fun with a charmed life after an enormous reprieve earlier than he had scored late on day two when he was caught by David Warner at slip, just for Starc to be no-balled for over-stepping.

But he lastly fell for 18 in Boland’s second over.

Jos Buttler’s dismal Ashes sequence continued when he spooned a catch to Khawaja within the covers for an eight-ball duck off Cummins.

England are actually enjoying just for their Ashes satisfaction after taking place by an innings and 14 runs inside three days in Melbourne to provide Australia a 3-Zero lead with two Tests to finish.


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