Ashes 2017-18: England held up by Steve Smith century and flat pitch as Australia battle to draw in Fourth Test

ENGLAND have been annoyed in their try to win the Fourth Test – however no less than they’ve prevented a 5-zero whitewash!

Joe Root's staff took simply two wickets on the ultimate day as the Aussies comfortably secured a draw to depart the collection rating at three-zero with one match to play.

 Steve Smith scored another century to deny England a victory in Melbourne

AFP or licensors
Steve Smith scored one other century to deny England a victory in Melbourne
 Joe Root and Co were left frustrated as England couldn't force a win

AP:Related Press
Joe Root and Co have been left annoyed as England couldn't drive a win
 Steve Smith was in complete control as he brought up his 23rd Test century

Reuters
Steve Smith was in full management as he introduced up his twenty third Test century

The vacationers have been unable to overcome a flat pitch that provided nearly no help and turned slower and slower as the match progressed.

As soon as extra, it was Aussie captain Steve Smith who did most to thwart England.

Snith batted all through the ultimate day and scored 102 not out – the twenty third century of his Test profession. It took his tally for the collection to 604 at a mean of 151.

 David Warner skied a ball from Joe Root an was out for 86

Getty Pictures – Getty
David Warner skied a ball from Joe Root an was out for 86
 Joe Root celebrates the wicket of David Warner

PA:Press Affiliation
Joe Root celebrates the wicket of David Warner

His innings was a watchful affair and spanned 274 deliveries, containing simply six fours.

With opener David Warner restraining his pure attacking instincts to the tune of taking 227 deliveries to rating 86 runs, there by no means seemed like a lot probability of England forcing a comfort victory.

Dropping greater than forty overs to the rain on day 4 didn't assist, both.

England entered the ultimate day with real looking hopes of giving the Aussies at few panicky moments however they by no means materialised.

 Stuart Broad dismissed Shaun Marsh on the stroke of lunch

PA:Press Affiliation
Stuart Broad dismissed Shaun Marsh on the stroke of lunch
 Jonny Bairstow is congratulated after his catch to dismiss Shaun Marsh

AFP or licensors
Jonny Bairstow is congratulated after his catch to dismiss Shaun Marsh

Warner and Smith negotiated the primary couple of hours earlier than Warner, who had been affected person and virtually strokeless for many of his innings, all of the sudden tried an enormous hit from the primary ball he confronted from Root's irregular off-spinners.

It skied into the air and James Vince held a cushty catch.

From what turned out to be the ultimate ball earlier than lunch, Shaun Marsh was fantastically caught behind by Jonny Bairstow off Stuart Broad.

 Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh kept England at bay on day five at the MCG

Getty Pictures – Getty
Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh stored England at bay on day 5 on the MCG
 Mitchell Marsh battled hard in the afternoon session to deny England

AP:Related Press
Mitchell Marsh battled arduous in the afternoon session to deny England

However that was the top of England's wickets as Smith and Mitch Marsh blocked out for a fifth-wicket stand of eighty five in forty eight.2 overs.

Alastair Prepare dinner was named Man of the Match for his epic innings of 244 not out.

England have been aggressive in this recreation and will consider they will win the ultimate Test of the collection, starting in Sydney on January four.

 A police officer wears a Barmy Army shirt he was presented with by England fans

PA:Press Affiliation
A police officer wears a Barmy Military shirt he was introduced with by England followers