Australia vs England 1st Test Day 4 Highlights Today 26 Nov 2017









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A contest in which the momentum has not so much swung as vibrated from session to session took another series of violent lurches one way, and then the other, on the fourth afternoon at the Gabba. By tea, Australia had re-affirmed their grip on the contest, reducing England to 195, a lead of 169, with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins bowling away the tail with four wickets for 10 in the space of 17 balls.









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However, the talking point of the session was a moment of controversy that is sure to rage for days if it proves to be decisive, when England’s most fluent batsman, Moeen Ali, was adjudged stumped for 40 off the bowling of Nathan Lyon – the very definition of a line call as the third umpire Chris Gaffaney adjudged his toe to be on the crease but not behind it as wicketkeeper Tim Paine whipped off the bails.

It was a crucial moment of a gripping Test, for Moeen’s positive attitude to England’s adversity had taken the attack back to Australia in the first hour of the afternoon, after their hopes of posting a defendable total had taken a big hit in the final moments before lunch, when Josh Hazlewood had pinned Joe Root lbw for 51 to undermine the foundations of their innings.