Australia vs England 4th Test at Melbourne, 25 Dec, 2017

Toss: Australia, who chose to bat
Match drawn
0
Australia, who chose to bat
Australia 263/4 in 124.2 Overs
Current Run rate: 2.12

Australia 327/10 (119) & 263/4 (124.2)

England 491/10 (144.1)

Player of the Match: AN Cook
Batsman
Runs
Balls
4's
6's
S/R
Mat
Runs
HS
Avg
102
275
6
0
37.09
54
5251
215
61.05
29
166
3
0
17.47
21
674
87
21.74
Bowler
Overs
Maidens
Runs
Wkts
Econ
Mat
Wkts
BBI
Avg
13.2
2
32
0
2.4
37
98
6/67
42.22
3
2
1
1
0.33
53
15
2/9
48.06
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Current Partnership: 85 runs, 48.2 overs, RR: 1.76 (SPD Smith, Mitchell Marsh )
Last Wicket: Shaun Marsh 4(22)

Over 125.0  

Steve Smith: Nice to have finished off well and get the boys a draw at the end. I thought Mitch played really well, eating up 160 balls for his 30-odd did a good job to get us to a draw. Yesterday afternoon when it started raining, and the pitch was really slow and that is when we thought of going for the draw. The pitch was really slow and though there was a bit of reverse, it was difficult to get poeple out. It was a nice wicket to bat on and not get out but was difficult to score. (On Cook) Everytime you get 200 you have played well. He cut and pulled really well and put anything of his pads to the boundary. He stuck to the basics and when you get in it is difficult to get out on a surface like this. SCG is a great place to play, can't wait to play on my homeground.
Joe Root: We did have a great chance at lunch and we did everything we could to take things forward. Credit to Steve and team, they played superbly. Not a very responsive pitch and that makes things harder. We exhausted every option and the pitch didn't help us at all. Throughout the five days we had tremendous support from the Barmy Army. We have the best fans in the world. He's (Smith) certainly playing well and is very difficult to get him out on a wicket like this. Hopefully we can get in different plans for him for Sydney. It is frustrating that it has taken this long to get a performance such as this one. It could've been a lot easier coming in 3-0 and looking lost. But I am proud of the boys and the performance they have put in.
Alastair Cook is the Man of the Match
Thats it, handshakes from two captains and the match ended as draw
124.2
0
Over 124.2 Moeen Ali bowls a tossed up delivery to Mitchell Marsh, no runs, goes on to the back foot and tucks it down the leg side.
124.1
0
Over 124.1 Moeen Ali bowls a tossed up delivery to Mitchell Marsh, no runs, gets forward and defends it on the off side.
End of Over 124   Australia 263/4

SPD Smith 102/275 Joe Root 3-2-1-1
Mitchell Marsh 29/164

123.6
0
Over 123.6 Joe Root bowls a tossed up delivery to SPD Smith, no runs, gets behind the line on the front foot and blocks it back to the bowler.
123.5
0
Over 123.5 Joe Root bowls a tossed up delivery to SPD Smith, no runs, gets forward and keep it down the pitch watchfully.
123.4
0
Over 123.4 Joe Root bowls a tossed up delivery to SPD Smith, no runs, gets forward and punches it straight back to the bowler.
123.3
0
Over 123.3 Joe Root bowls a tossed up delivery to SPD Smith, no runs, goes on to the back foot and knocks it to mid wicket.
123.2
4+b
Over 123.2 Joe Root bowls a tossed up delivery to SPD Smith, 4 byesgets forward and misses the flick down the leg side, the ball beats the keeper and raced away to the fence.
123.1
0
Over 123.1 Joe Root bowls a tossed up delivery to SPD Smith, no runs, gets forward and defends it back to the bowler.
End of Over 123   Australia 259/4

Mitchell Marsh 29/164 Moeen Ali 13-2-32-0
SPD Smith 102/269

122.6
0
Over 122.6 Moeen Ali bowls a quicker arm ball to Mitchell Marsh, no runs, gets forward and dabs it towards point.
122.5
0
Over 122.5 Moeen Ali bowls a tossed up delivery to Mitchell Marsh, no runs, gets forward and looks to defend on the off side, the ball takes the inside edge on to the pads.
122.4
0
Over 122.4 Moeen Ali bowls a tossed up delivery to Mitchell Marsh, no runs, gets forward and defends it to point with open face bat.
122.3
0
Over 122.3 Moeen Ali bowls a tossed up delivery to Mitchell Marsh, no runs, gets forward and defends it with bat pad together.
122.2
0
Over 122.2 Moeen Ali bowls a half volley to Mitchell Marsh, no runs, gets forward and defends it down the pitch carefully.
122.1
0
Over 122.1 Moeen Ali bowls a half volley to Mitchell Marsh, no runs, gets forward and defends it back to the bowler.
End of Over 122   Australia 259/4

SPD Smith 102/269 Tom Curran 20-6-53-0
Mitchell Marsh 29/158

121.6
0
Over 121.6 Tom Curran good length delivery to SPD Smith, no runs, gets forward and works it to square leg.