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Australia 107/3 At Stumps On Day 4, Need Another 174 Runs On Final Day

After England set 284 as a target, Australia scored 107/3 at stumps on day 4. Australia need another 174 runs to pull off the joint second-highest chase at Edgbaston. David Warner, Marnus Labuchange and Steven Smith have returned to the pavilion. Now, there is a big load on the shoulders of Usman Khawaja. Usman Khawaja has held one end though and he is unbeaten on 34 runs at the stumps. Scott Boland came out as a nightwatchman after Smith’s wicket. He has managed to survive through to Stumps adding 13 runs to the total as well. 

As It Happened: 1st Ashes Test Day 4

England resumed the day from the overnight score of 28/2. Joe Root and Ollie Pope started on the same note from where they left off. Joe Root played a reverse scoop shot on the first ball of day 4. But, there was no contract between the ball and bat. Pat Cummins provided Australia with the first breakthrough, cleaning up Ollie Pope for 14. Joe Root and Ollie Pope added 118 runs across two days for the third wicket.

Joe Root continued to play wonderful shots to get the scoreboard ticking. He stitched together a 52-run partnership with Harry Brook in 49 deliveries to build on the lead. After this, Nathan Lyon managed to dismiss Root and Brook with both falling four runs short of their half-century before the Lunch interval. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes looked to settle in the crease. England had scored at 6.88 runs an over in the morning, adding 93 in 13.3 overs. 

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But Stokes was dismissed by his counterpart Pat Cummins and Bairstow fell to Lyon soon after. Stokes and Bairstow added 46 runs for the sixth wicket. Josh Hazlewood picked up his first wicket of the inning by dismissing Moeen Ali. After that, both Cummins and Lyon reached their four-fer by cleaning up the tail and got the hosts all out for 273. 

Australia 2nd Innings on Day 4

Australian openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja came out after Tea to start their second innings. They forged a 61-run partnership in 109 deliveries for the first wicket. Unfortunately, David Warner played at a ball that was moving away from him and was caught out behind the wicket. But, things got better for England when Broad got the big wicket of Marnus Labuchange and Steven Smith. On the final day, we will witness an epic battle between two cricketing rivals. 

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