England under tremendous pressure heading into final day

Nathan Lyon and Australia celebrating the wicket of Dawid Malan
Nathan Lyon and Australia celebrating the wicket of Dawid Malan

England 346 & 93-4 (Root 42no) v
Australia 649-7 dec (Khawaja 171)
Fifth Ashes Test, Sydney, day four

After Australia declared their first innings with a lead of 303 runs, the bowlers led by Nathan Lyon managed to restrict England to 93 for four at stumps on day four of the final Ashes Test in Sydney.

Starting their second innings with a huge deficit, Alastair Cook (10) gave something to celebrate for England as he completed 12,000 runs in Test cricket in the third over. In the same over, Mitchell Starc (1-17) trapped Mark Stoneman (0) LBW. He used a review but it went in vain.

Cook had a reprieve when Shaun Marsh dropped him in the slips off Josh Hazlewood (0-26) but he did not last long as he was castled by Nathan Lyon (2-31) in his first over and England headed into tea with a score of 25 for two.

Skipper Joe Root (42) and James Vince (18) tried hard to keep the Australian attack down in the final session. In the 20th over, Vince was given out caught behind but he used a review to overturn the decision.

However, in the next over he edged a delivery from Pat Cummins (1-12) to the first slip where Steven Smith took on the second attempt. Root and Dawid Malan (5) batted close to 13 overs but with runs not coming freely, it was a matter of time before Lyon set up the latter. Given out LBW, Malan opted to review after consulting with Root and the decision did not go in his favour with the umpire's call on.

Root showed a lot of patience in his 124 ball knock while Jonny Bairstow (17 not out) also joined the grinding as England ended the day with a score of 93 for four. They now trail Australia by 210 runs with six wickets in hand heading into the final day.

Earlier, Australia resumed the day with a score of 479 for four. Shaun (156) was run out by Stoneman shortly after he reached his 150 while Tim Paine (38 not out) and Mitchell Starc (24 not out) made handy contributions to take the score to 649 for seven before the declaration came.

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