The Ashes 2021-22 in Sydney, fourth Test, day three live: England resume first innings after Australia’s big declaration

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The video highlights from a day that belonged to Khawaja

What a dig it was. 137 glorious runs, including 13 boundaries.

Sure, Usman Khawaja was dropped by Joe Root at first slip, but the 35-year-old made the England skipper pay in front of an ecstatic SCG crowd.

How many runs can England manage on day three?

Zak Crawley and Haseeb Hameed navigated their way through five tricky overs on Thursday night, despite the former nicking one to first slip that was called a no-ball of Mitchell Starc.

England will need to bat the entire day if they’re any chance of staying in this match, but given their diabolical batting on this tour, I wouldn’t be holding your breath.

Khawaja’s joyous century sets up another Ashes demolition job

The celebration of Usman Khawaja’s triumphant SCG homecoming has laid the foundation for another brutal Australian assault on England.

The boisterous crowd that willed the former Sydneysider to a century on his return to Test cricket during the second day of the fourth Test was then treated to Australia’s world-class pace attack sending down five hair-raising overs at England’s openers on a pitch developing demons to round out the day.

By stumps, England were an uncertain 0-13 after Pat Cummins had declared at 8-416, the Australian innings built around Khawaja’s 137 playing his first Test in 2½ years as a replacement for the COVID-19 constrained Travis Head.

England would have already been one down had Mitchell Starc not overstepped by a millimetre for a no ball as Zak Crawley on nought edged to David Warner at first slip.

An uncertain weather forecast would appear England’s best chance of avoiding a fourth successive defeat as Australia strive for another 5-0 whitewash.


Spectators in the crowd dressed up as Richie Benaud cheer during day two of the Fourth Test Match in the Ashes series between Australia and England. Credit:Getty Images

G’day and welcome

Morning cricket fans.

We’re back. Welcome to live day three coverage of the fourth Ashes Test at the SCG. It’s Tom Decent here once again in the blogging chair.

England resume their first innings at 0-13 after Australia declared on Thursday at 8-416, thanks to a sparkling century from Usman Khawaja.

There’s a bit of rain around this morning, so hopefully we don’t have a delayed start time. Play is supposed to get under way at 10am. Let’s see how we go.

Usman Khawaja raises his bat after reaching 100 against England on Thursday.Credit:AP

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