He also joined Ricky Ponting as the only batsmen in Test history to have made six centuries in a calendar year on multiple occasions. Australia only lost two wickets on the fifth day but coasted through after lunch to finish on 263 for four with Mitchell Marsh not out on 29. The hosts have already clinched the Ashes with an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series ahead of the fifth and final Test in Sydney next week. It was just the second drawn Boxing Day Test in 20 years, although there was criticism of the lifeless state of the Melbourne Cricket Ground drop-in pitch.
"I am in a nice place mentally and am comfortably with the game. I am enjoying batting and love my batting. Hopefully I can get another big score at Sydney in a week's time."More reaction from Aussie skipper @stevesmith49 ? https://t.co/fmExz2RQ1Q#Ashes #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/jeBJxXsdhO — Test Match Special (@bbctms) December 30, 2017
Warner dropped his head realising he had botched a golden chance to claim Test twin centuries for a fourth time in his career. The normally adventurous opener played with great circumspection to keep England at bay, batting for 301 minutes and 227 balls in his slowest Test innings. His dismissal also ended a 107-run stand with Smith, which helped Australia wipe out the innings deficit. There was some rare excitement in the final over before lunch when Marsh edged Stuart Broad to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, who took a splendid catch.
"We tried pretty much everything. Maybe I could've come on to bowl a little bit earlier and played on the ego a bit earlier."@root66 ? https://t.co/fmExz2RQ1Q#Ashes #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/HD7UCP3oP4 — Test Match Special (@bbctms) December 30, 2017