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Ashes 2017/18, 4th Test, Day 5: 5 things we learnt from the day

Sahil Jain
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An exciting day five beckoned when Australia were batting at 103/2 at the start of the fifth day. Australia’s chances of winning were bleak but England had a very good chance of pulling one back.

The first hour and a half was all about Smith and Warner continuing to blunt the English attack. But a couple of quick wickets just before the lunch brought back life into the game.

But, excellent resistance from Mitchell Marsh who complemented Smith very well helped Australia salvage a draw.

Here are five things we learnt from the day's play.

#5 David Warner and Steve Smith continue from where they left off

Both Warner and Smith batted beautifully to deny England early wickets on day 5

On the fourth day, England were ahead in the game when James Anderson got rid of Usman Khawaja. Australia were in a spot of bother at 65/2 when Steve Smith joined David Warner and the captain and vice-captain duo did well to defy England.

When the fifth day started, Smith and Warner were going to be key if Australia would’ve wanted to save the Test match. They needed to continue what they did on Day 4 and they did just that.

Both Smith and Warner were patient and looked in total control, keeping the good deliveries out. Warner, in particular, played an uncharacteristic innings to score a patient 86 (in 226 balls) at a strike-rate of 37.88. 

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