At the close of play on Day-4, it is Australia which is in a great position to win the game. The entire day was completely dominated by them despite the efforts from the England bowlers. Steve Smith, yet again, came to the rescue for the Kangaroos with a brilliant knock under pressure in testing conditions. With the ball, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc had a terrific time.
Mitchell Starc provided Australia with a terrific start to the day. He dismissed Jonny Bairstow with a beautiful inswinger followed by the wicket of Ben Stokes for 26. Furthermore, he also managed to get Stuart Broad later in the innings. The rest of the job was accomplished by Pat Cummins. He dismissed the dangerous-looking Jos Buttler for 41 apart from picking the wicket of Jofra Archer. Thus, England was bowled out for 301 runs. But they somehow managed to escape the follow-on.
Steve Smith plays a gritty, aggressive knock
Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer pegged Australia back early in the second innings. Broad dismissed David Warner for a duck once again and Marcus Harris for 6 runs. Archer, meanwhile, got the wickets of Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head. With Australia at 44/4, England seemed to be over the top. However, the bowlers failed to breach the wall called Steve Smith.
For the first time in the series, the former Australian captain was tested early in his innings. But such is his quality that he managed to survive the difficult phase of play. Then, he shifted gears and got enough support from Matthew Wade that they added 105 runs together. Had it not been for the mistimed big hit, Steve Smith might have got to another century. But it wasn’t his day and he got out for 82 runs off 92 balls. Soon, Wade followed him to the pavilion after scoring 34.
Tim Paine played a brisk knock of 23 from 18 balls before he decided to declare at 186/6. With a massive lead of 382, Australia already had a significant advantage by then. Thus, it was a good idea to test the English openers in the final overs of the day. The plan worked out as Pat Cummins got rid of both Rory Burns and Joe Root for ducks. England finished with 18/2 in 7 overs and still needs 365 runs to win the game.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
The bails are burning in Manchester and the Ashes are staying safe and sound in Australia. The Australian quicks rule supreme. Thanks Steve Smith.
— Rodney Hogg (@RMHogg) September 7, 2019
U Can't Touch Smith pic.twitter.com/DGFFlfIoBI
— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) September 8, 2019
Steve Smith is averaging 134.2 for the series, but 3 of his 5 outs have come at the very end of the innings while slogging.
If he possessed Jacques Kallis or Steve Waugh’s mentality he could quite easily be averaging *335.5*#Ashes #Ashes2019
— Tom O'Neil (@thomasjameoneil) September 8, 2019
It is incredible to think that Steve Smith, in Test cricket, averages 11.7 more than Virat Kohli and 12.6 more than Kane Williamson.
— Glenn Mitchell (@MitchellGlenn) September 8, 2019
Take my hat off to Steve Smith. We will forget the past, the man is the resurrection of Don Bradman. I think the only way we can stop him is if The Jackal still does contract work. You guys deserve to retain the urn. Signed The World Champions (at 50 over shit)
— Paul McGinley (@paulmcginley4) September 7, 2019
Leading Runs scorer of Ashes 2019
Steve smith 639
Ben Stokes 353
Rory burn 323
Where is fu**ing @JofraArcher 🔥#Smith #Ashes pic.twitter.com/XlNkEWzvL4
— Arsalan Siddique 🇵🇰 (@Arsalan8901) September 7, 2019
How privileged am I that I wake up to see Steve Smith has scored 82 on a fourth day wicket with wickets falling all around him, and am not impressed.
— Joe Bonifazi (@bonifazi17) September 8, 2019
@stevesmith49's consistency matters! Welcome back to your no1 spot champ👏👏. pic.twitter.com/2mTBybwQDP
— Siddhu sathiya (@SiddhuSathiya) September 8, 2019
Steve Smith scores his lowest of the series… A paltry 83.
Australia look set to win this 4th Test today (barring any rain and Stokes intervention!).#Ashes
— Amit Paranjape (@aparanjape) September 8, 2019
Just insane stats.!!@stevesmith49 The GOAT !! pic.twitter.com/EhXm3924Eo
— harsh. (@harsh070781_) September 7, 2019
Last time England got Steve smith for a low score #ashes2019 pic.twitter.com/uU8IbFm04d
— SN (@sainikhilcfc) September 7, 2019
How Steve Smith sleeps at night #Ashes pic.twitter.com/XJN6uEh602
— jesse (@srkesque) September 7, 2019
Steve Smith was just playing out a dream and letting us be part of it….
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 7, 2019
Steve Smith just late cut Jofra Archer for four off leg stump. Astonishing batting. #Ashes
— Louis Cameron (@LouisDBCameron) September 7, 2019
They just can't get him out.
Steve Smith moves to fifty once again. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/gsePj2blUV
— ICC (@ICC) September 7, 2019
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