England Close in on Ashes Victory



Ashes victory looks certain

Ashes victory looks certain

England are homing in on a thumping 3-1 Ashes victory which will see them achieve their first series win down in Australia in 24 years.
England head into the final day at the SCG knowing that just three wickets will clinch victory after Australia finished the day four on 213-7, a massive 151 runs away from getting their visitors to bat again.
England earlier reached 644, as Matt Prior stroked 118 from 130 balls, their highest test total down under.
With a commanding lead of 364 with five sessions to play meant there was little to nothing that could stop England from claiming their first series win in Australia.
Australia started brightly with Watson scoring freely in his opening stand of 46 with Phil Hughes. It didn’t last long as Watson was heading back to the pavilion for 38 after another hapless run out.
It was a day to remember for prior as he took four catches to remove Australia’s top order, followed by Hughes going after a scratchy 13 edging Bresnan behind with the opener.
The hosts looked comfortable when Michael Clarke and Usman Khawaga saw the hosts to 77-2 at tea, until both men went within seven runs of each other.
After putting on 65 runs for the third wicket, Anderson broke their resistance when he caught behind to swinging deliveries, with Captain Clarke heading back for 41 and Khawaja departing for 21.
England claimed the key wicket of Mike Hussey for just 12 when Bresnan had him caught in the gully by Pietersen.
England claimed the extra half hour with three wickets remaining to try and wrap up the match, only to have Bell failed to cling on to a chance diving a square leg which would have removed Siddle.
Smith and Siddle had other ideas and remained defiant to take the match into the final day as they scored 24no and 17no respectively.
England fans and travelling supporters in and around Sydney may make the journey to the famous ground for the final day, after it was announced entry would be free.

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