England hung onto their last wicket and was able to draw the Sydney test match. Steve Smith picked up the wicket of Jack Leach when two overs were remaining but Anderson somehow survived and denied a victory to Australia. Last year in 2021, Australia was also not able to bowl out of India when the courageous Hanuma Vihari and R.Ashwin refused to falter against the Australian bowling lineup.
David Llyod in his column for Dailymail has now said that Cummins was ‘almost fearful’ with his ‘negative declaration’. The Australian skipper declared before 11 overs were left for the day. Pat Cummins defended his decision after the match and said that he thought 350 runs was achievable if England would have batted well on a Sydney pitch which the likes of Warne believe has changed in a way that it does not deteriorate easily on the last day.
England has now avoided a clean-sweep that was hovering on them ever since they lost the first Ashes test at Brisbane. Lloyd wrote in his column that England put a plaster on their wounds and fought really well to avoid the defeat on a tour that has nothing short of disastrous. On their last tour of Australia, England managed to draw the fourth Test at Melbourne. The final test match of the series will be played at Hobart from the 14th of January.