Number 11 batsman James Anderson safely played out a tense final over from leg-spinner Steve Smith as England ended on 270 for nine in a heart-pumping finish.
It all came down to the last over of the Test with eight fielders crowding around the bat as Anderson fended off Smith’s spin.
Courage and fight 🦁🦁🦁A brilliant Test match ends in a draw.Scorecard: https://t.co/zUe2PThJeA#Ashes | 🇦🇺… https://t.co/HdkADWansG
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1641715054000
Australia had looked set to claim a thrilling victory when they claimed the ninth wicket with Smith having Jack Leach caught in the slips by David Warner for 26.
No winner, but a wonderful match. England hold on with one wicket in hand #Ashes
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But Anderson and fellow veteran paceman Stuart Broad played out the remaining two overs to give the beleaguered tourists a fighting draw after losing the Ashes series 3-0 inside 12 days.
Match drawn 🏏A riveting game comes to an end as England survive with one wicket remaining 👏#WTC23 | #Ashes https://t.co/qrTwtoZMwp
— ICC (@ICC) 1641715368000
Ben Stokes with a fighting 60, his second half-century of the match, and first-innings centurion Jonny Bairstow‘s 41 held up the Australian victory charge.
But once both departed after tea, the Australians were relentless in taking the struggle down to the final over.
Usman Khawaja is Player of the Match for his century in each innings #Ashes https://t.co/vnA0wjPzxJ
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The draw means that Australia no longer have the chance of a 5-0 series clean sweep with the fifth and final Test to be played in Hobart as a day-night match getting under way on Friday.