Josh Hazlewood's bowling and Mitchell Starc's 'unplayable ball' leaves England struggling on Day 4

Hazlewood's first spell and Mitchell Starc's incisive bowling leaves England struggling to save the match

FirstCricket Staff December 17, 2017 23:15:28 IST
Josh Hazlewood's bowling and Mitchell Starc's 'unplayable ball' leaves England struggling on Day 4
Josh Hazlewoods bowling and Mitchell Starcs unplayable ball leaves England struggling on Day 4

Australia resumed at 549/4, but their day started off on a bad note as Mitchell Marsh was dismissed on the second ball of the day to end his innings with a personal milestone. This was his highest score and he walked back into the pavilion amid applause from the crowd. AP 

Josh Hazlewoods bowling and Mitchell Starcs unplayable ball leaves England struggling on Day 4

Australia's Steve Smith was also dismissed early in the fourth day. The skipper was out for 239 leg before to James Anderson. AP 

Josh Hazlewoods bowling and Mitchell Starcs unplayable ball leaves England struggling on Day 4

In an otherwise torrid spell for the English bowlers who were belted all across the WACA, James Anderson was the main wicket taker for the visitors as he ended with an innings haul of 4/116. AP 

Josh Hazlewoods bowling and Mitchell Starcs unplayable ball leaves England struggling on Day 4

England's James Anderson, left, and Joe Root leave the ground after Australia declare their innings on 662/9 during the fourth day of the Ashes cricket Test match in Perth. AP

Josh Hazlewoods bowling and Mitchell Starcs unplayable ball leaves England struggling on Day 4

Australia started to rattle the visitors batting line up from the word go. Josh Hazlewood, second right, celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of England's Mark Stoneman in his first over of the day. AP

Josh Hazlewoods bowling and Mitchell Starcs unplayable ball leaves England struggling on Day 4

England's Alastair Cook had yet another disappointing outing in the series as he was out caught and bowled by Josh Hazlewood in the eighth over of the England innings. AP 

Josh Hazlewoods bowling and Mitchell Starcs unplayable ball leaves England struggling on Day 4

Australian bowlers continued to unsettle the English batting line up as England skipper Joe Root was caught out by his Australian counterpart off Lyon's bowling for 14 to leave the visitors tottering at 60/3. AP 

Josh Hazlewoods bowling and Mitchell Starcs unplayable ball leaves England struggling on Day 4

England's James Vince was in decent nick and looked to see the team through to the stumps on Day 4, but had to face the brute of a delivery from  Mitchell Starc, second right, that rattled Vince's woodwork. The ball went viral on social media with many calling it the "unplayable ball". AP 

Josh Hazlewoods bowling and Mitchell Starcs unplayable ball leaves England struggling on Day 4

Ground staff install the covers as a sign announces the abandonment of play during the fourth day of the Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia in Perth with the visitors ending the day on 132/4. AP

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