July 17, 2024
Stuart Broad becomes the second player to hit his final ball in Test cricket for six as Usman Khawaja becomes leading run-scorer in the series

Stuart Broad becomes the second player to hit his final ball in Test cricket for six as Usman Khawaja becomes leading run-scorer in the series

Stuart Broad becomes the second player to hit his final ball in Test cricket for six as Usman Khawaja becomes leading run-scorer in the series

Stuart Broad becomes the second player to hit his final ball in Test cricket for six as Usman Khawaja becomes leading run-scorer in the series

  • The retiring Stuart Broad joined West Indian Wayne Daniel in the record books 
  • Australia’s seamers have all taken a pummelling in this years’ Ashes series
  • Anderson’s figures of none for 34 took his series analysis to five wicket at 81 

England were left frustrated on day four of the fifth Ashes Test by Australia, who sit 135-0 in pursuit of 384. 

Stuart Broad took centre stage in the morning after he announced his retirement from cricket on Saturday evening as players and fans applauded him. 

James Anderson was dismissed by Todd Murphy for lbw, with Australia coming out to bat. England then took to the field with Broad and Anderson leading the attack, but they could not dismiss Australian openers Usman Khawaja and David Warner.

Both players would advance to make their half-centuries, and form a partnership of 135 before heavy rain wiped out play. Australia require another 249 runs to win the Ashes. 

Mail Sport’s LAWRENCE BOOTH takes a look at the big stats of the day.  

Australia sit 135-0 in pursuit of 384 after day four of the fifth Ashes Test on Sunday 

Play was abandoned at The Oval when the rain got heavy shortly into the afternoon session

Play was abandoned at The Oval when the rain got heavy shortly into the afternoon session  

Broad bowing out in style  

Stuart Broad became only the second player – after West Indian Wayne Daniel – known to have hit his final ball in Test cricket for six when he launched Mitchell Starc high over midwicket. 

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell also hit the last ball he faced in Tests, against Bangladesh six years ago, over the fence, but he has not yet retired. 

Stuart Broad became only the second player to have hit his final ball in Test cricket for six

Stuart Broad became only the second player to have hit his final ball in Test cricket for six

Tourists’ bowlers take a hit Australia’s seamers have all taken a pummelling in this series, with captain Pat Cummins’s economy-rate of 4.27 the cheapest. 

The most expensive has been all-rounder Cameron Green’s eye-watering 5.14.

Khawaja overtakes Crawley

When Usman Khawaja moved to 59 with a cut for four off Joe Root, he overtook Zak Crawley’s total of 480 to become the leading run-scorer in the series – though he had taken 1,246 balls to Crawley’s 548.

Usman Khawaja (L) overtook Zak Crawley to become the leading run-scorer in the series

 Usman Khawaja (L) overtook Zak Crawley to become the leading run-scorer in the series

 Anderson’s figures 

Jimmy Anderson’s figures of none for 34 took his series analysis to five wicket at 81 each. 

Only once before in a series of at least three games has he paid more per wicket: five at 82 in the 2006-07 Ashes. 

Jimmy Anderson’s figures of none for 34 took his series analysis to five wicket at 81 each

Jimmy Anderson’s figures of none for 34 took his series analysis to five wicket at 81 each

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