Ashes: Australia close in on victory in Sydney Test


Sydney (Web Desk): England are facing another defeat in the final Ashes Test after Australia once again dominated on the fourth day in Sydney.

Australia were closing on an innings victory with England fighting a desperate rearguard on 93 for four at stumps on the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test on Sunday, still 210 runs from forcing their hosts to bat again.

Brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh had earlier both scored centuries on a scorching morning at the Sydney Cricket Ground to put Australia in a position where they could declare on 649-7 in the second session.

The tourists closed on 93-4, still 210 short of making the home side bat again.

They had been reduced to 15-2 and 43-3, only to be held together by captain Joe Root’s unbeaten 42.

Mason Crane, the 20-year-old leg-spinner, was unfortunate to return 1-193, the most expensive figures by an England bowler on Test debut.

Australia, already 3-0 up and with the Ashes secured, are on course to earn their ninth win in 10 home Tests against England.

As they pursue the six remaining wickets on the final day, they will have benefit of a pitch showing occasional signs of uneven bounce and large amounts of turn for off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

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