England was looking to wrap up this year’s Ashes after a comprehensive display in the Second test match, which saw them reign supreme over Australia. However, the Australians had something different in store for them in the Fourth test match played at Headingley, Leeds. An excellent all round display saw the Aussies triumph over the Englishmen by outplaying them in all aspects of the game. The match lasted for just three days as the Aussies won by an innings and 80 runs to tie the series before the last test match.
England started the day one of the test match with a comprehensive performance over Australia in their previous meetings. However, a forgetful batting display saw them tottering at 72 runs for the loss of six wickets at lunch. The Australian bowling attack ripped open the English top order as they closed out the first innings for 102 runs only. A Cook and MJ Prior where the only Englishmen to have reached the double figure mark on this eventful day as the Australian bowlers took control. PM Siddle was the chief destroyer for Australia picking up five wickets in the England innings. The Aussies began the run chase with a positive frame of mind as S Watson and R Pointing played crucial knocks of 51 and 78 runs each. Australia ended the day on 196 runs for the loss of four wickets.
Australia began day two of the test match with the intention of taking a huge lead over the Englishmen. They succeed in their ambitions as MJ Clarke and MJ North hammered the England bowlers all round the park with knocks of 93 and 110 runs. The English bowling attack lacked the edge as Australia continued piling runs to end up with massive 445 runs. This gave the Australians a lead of 334 runs to put the Englishmen on the back foot right from the start of their second innings. The Englishmen started the chase with a deficit and played cautiously to avoid any hiccups along the way.
The third day of the test match saw the same old story repeated once again as the Australian bowlers took charge of the situation. Except for the opening partnership between Strauss and Cook, the rest of the English batsman lacked the appetite to stay on the wicket and face the Aussie music. Significant knocks from Broad and Swann ensured that the Englishmen put up a decent 263 runs in the second innings of the test match. However, that was not enough as the Australians recorded a comfortable victory in the fourth test match. Hilfenhaus and Johnson were the chief destroyers for Australia as the series was tied before the start of the last test match.