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Ashes 2017/18, 4th Test: Hits and misses

Tanya Rudra
ANALYST
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635   //    30 Dec 2017, 12:16 IST

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Riding on Alastair Cook's Herculean effort, England were hoping to claim a morale-boosting win, but, the visitors had to settle for a draw as Steven Smith batted throughout the final day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday to save the fourth Test.

The Australian skipper batted for more than seven hours to take his team out of troubled waters as the hosts retained their 3-0 series lead.

England, who have not won a Test Down Under since 2011, broke their eight-match losing streak and ended Australia's chances of earning a second successive home whitewash.

The series finale starts at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4.

As another Steven Smith masterclass denied England their first win of the series, now, let's have a look at the hits and misses from the fourth Test.

Hit: David Warner

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Australia vice-captain David Warner scripted history as he scored a stylish 103 on the first day of the Boxing Day Test and became the fifth fastest to reach 6,000 Test runs in terms of matches played (70) and the third fastest in terms of days (2218).

Interestingly, no Australian player has reached 6,000 Test runs quicker since Sir Donald Bradman in terms of matches played and Warner is now second only to the legend.

Warner continued his fine form in the second innings too as he scored 86 runs but fell 14 runs short of becoming the first player in history to score twin centuries in four Tests.

Warner looked set to surpass Ricky Ponting and Sunil Gavaskar for the record of most twin centuries in Test cricket before being undone by England skipper Joe Root.

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