Ashes 2013: Australia Vs England - 4th Test - Results and Review

Australia Vs England - 4th Test - 26th to 29th December 2013 - Results and Statistical Highlights

The fourth test match of the ashes series between Australia and England kicked off with the aussies winning the toss and this time looking to field first.  Unlike the first three tests where the the home team looked to be dominant throughout, this one looked to be a close contested one (not for long though).  To know about what happened during the course of the match, read on for the complete Results, Review and Statistical Highlights of the match below.

Statistical Highlights

CricketThe Englishmen had a steady start in their first innings as at one stage they were at a score of 96/2 but a collapse of some sort ended up with them only making 255 in their first innings with their top scorer being Kevin Pietersen who scored 71.  As far as the Aussie bowling was concerned, Mitchell Johnson picked up 5 wickets.   Australia's first innings batting was very disappointing and a surprise to many as they scored only 204 with the best of England's bowling being Stuart Broad who picked up 4 wickets and Jimmy Anderson who took 3.

During the second innings, England looked to be having an edge "but" Nathan Lyon had another plans.  His 5 wickets ensured the Englishmen did not run away with the game as they ended up being bowled out for 179 with Kevin Pietersen scoring 49 of those runs. 

When the Aussies came in to bat during their second innings, they were looking to chase down 231 for win.  A superb century by Chris Rogers and a brilliant knock by Shane watson ensured  they attained a victory comfortably by 8 wickets.  This means the Australians have now won 4 out of 4 tests with one test remaining in Sydney. Take a look at the complete scorecard of the match below.

England 1st innings DismissalR B 4s 6s SR
AN Cook* c Clarke b Siddle 27473057.44
MA Carberry b Watson 381036036.89
JE Root c †Haddin b Harris 24822029.26
KP Pietersen b Johnson 711615144.09
IR Bell c †Haddin b Harris 27981027.55
BA Stokes c Watson b Johnson 14231160.86
JM Bairstow† b Johnson 10170158.82
TT Bresnan c Bailey b Johnson 114007.14
SCJ Broad lbw b Johnson 11162068.75
JM Anderson not out 11241045.83
MS Panesar b Lyon 2160012.5
Extras (b 10, lb 7, w 1, nb 1) 19
Total (all out; 100 overs) 255(2.55 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-48 (Cook, 16.5 ov), 2-96 (Carberry, 33.6 ov), 3-106 (Root, 42.1 ov), 4-173 (Bell, 72.6 ov), 5-202 (Stokes, 80.3 ov), 6-216 (Bairstow, 84.4 ov), 7-230 (Bresnan, 90.1 ov), 8-231 (Pietersen, 90.5 ov), 9-242 (Broad, 94.2 ov), 10-255 (Panesar, 99.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ Extras
RJ Harris 2484721.95
MG Johnson 2446352.62(1w)
PM Siddle 2375012.17(1nb)
NM Lyon 22.236713
SR Watson 6.421111.65
Australia 1st innings DismissalR B 4s 6s SR
CJL Rogers c Pietersen b Bresnan 611718035.67
DA Warner c †Bairstow b Anderson 9142064.28
SR Watson c †Bairstow b Stokes 10152066.66
MJ Clarke* b Anderson 10340029.41
SPD Smith c Bell b Broad 19773024.67
GJ Bailey c †Bairstow b Anderson 019000
BJ Haddin† c †Bairstow b Anderson 65687195.58
MG Johnson c Anderson b Bresnan 230006.66
RJ Harris c Root b Broad 6271022.22
PM Siddle c Bresnan b Broad 05000
NM Lyon not out 18343052.94
Extras (lb 4) 4
Total (all out; 82.2 overs) 204(2.47 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ Extras
JM Anderson 20.246743.29
SCJ Broad 2064532.25
BA Stokes 1544613.06
TT Bresnan 1862421.33
MS Panesar 921802
England 2nd innings DismissalR B 4s 6s SR
AN Cook* lbw b Johnson 51647079.68
MA Carberry lbw b Siddle 12811014.81
JE Root run out (Johnson) 15241062.5
KP Pietersen c Harris b Lyon 49906054.44
IR Bell c Johnson b Lyon 01000
BA Stokes c Smith b Lyon 19551034.54
JM Bairstow† c †Haddin b Johnson 21282275
TT Bresnan b Lyon 08000
SCJ Broad c Clarke b Lyon 03000
JM Anderson not out 160016.66
MS Panesar lbw b Johnson 06000
Extras (b 5, lb 6) 11
Total (all out; 61 overs) 179(2.93 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-65 (Cook, 21.3 ov), 2-86 (Carberry, 27.5 ov), 3-86 (Root, 28.2 ov), 4-87 (Bell, 28.4 ov), 5-131 (Stokes, 44.5 ov), 6-173 (Bairstow, 54.3 ov), 7-174 (Bresnan, 57.2 ov), 8-174 (Broad, 57.5 ov), 9-179 (Pietersen, 59.4 ov), 10-179 (Panesar, 60.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ Extras
RJ Harris 1013403.4
MG Johnson 1552531.66
NM Lyon 1735052.94
PM Siddle 1564613.06
SR Watson 421303.25
Australia 2nd innings (target: 231 runs) DismissalR B 4s 6s SR
CJL Rogers c †Bairstow b Panesar 11615513074.83
DA Warner c †Bairstow b Stokes 25472053.19
SR Watson not out 839011092.22
MJ Clarke* not out 6201030
Extras (nb 1) 1
Total (2 wickets; 51.5 overs) 231(4.45 runs per over)
Did not bat SPD Smith, GJ Bailey, BJ Haddin†, MG Johnson, PM Siddle, RJ Harris, NM Lyon
Fall of wickets 1-64 (Warner, 17.6 ov), 2-200 (Rogers, 45.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ Extras
JM Anderson 1122602.36
SCJ Broad 1005805.8
MS Panesar 7.504115.23
BA Stokes 1205014.16(1nb)
JE Root 41802
TT Bresnan 714806.85

Post match presentation

Alastair Cook: "It's difficult to take, we got ourselves in the position to win it, probably shows the state of the side, when you're winning games you know how to close it out, when you're losing you don't. In the first half hour [this morning] we created three chances but we didn't take them and when you don't, in a small chase, it runs away from you. We're working as hard as we normally do. When you're a winning side and a settled side it's easy but we can't use that as an excuse. We wanted to get the ball to reverse, so we bowled with the seamers, trying to rough up the ball. If it comes off it comes off, other people might have done it differently. We got ourselves in a position to win this game so we've got to dust ourselves off for Sydney. We thank our supporters, it's a privilege to wear this shirt, but we're not quite doing it justice at the minute."

Man of the Match - Mitchell Johnson: "I thought Chris did really well, so maybe he should be man of the match. Yeah, we got the ball to shape, there was reverse as well out there, so it was really enjoyable. The run-out just bounced nicely and I managed to hit. There's a lot of people who've helped me, my team-mates have been behind me, so thanks to them. I think that's the first time I've bowled on Boxing Day, in front of 91,000, so quite an experience." 

Michael Clarke: Clarke was asked if he had envisioned this happening before the series started.  His response was "Probably not, I certainly had faith in the guys to win the series but to be 4-0 up, it's amazing. I think it shows the confidence of the guys, to have the freedom to come out and play as we have, we weren't taking as many runs or wickets as we wanted but guys have turned it around. I think the risk of bowling first is always the same, if you win you get away with it, if you lose you cop a lot of criticism. I think if there's anything in the wicket for our bowlers I was confident that could do the job and they did. We always try to work out how we can improve session to session. For Brad Haddin he said The old boy is doing it every single time he goes out to bat and with the gloves. He's been great for NSW and when he was out of the side, all he wanted was to get back in the Australian team. We're going to try, our goal is to win 5-0, if the crowd come and support us as they have, it gives us a second wind in the field, so there's no reason why not."

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