Australia captain Pat Cummins blamed the weather and thought he had given his side enough time to win the fourth Ashes Test, only to see England hang on for a draw at the SCG.
The Aussies were desperate to complete a series whitewash but will have to settle for 4-0 at best as they head to Tasmania for the fifth and final Test.
After being set a total of 388 runs to win the Test, England knew it was all about batting the final day out without losing 10 wickets, and they lost nine.
It was a tense finale that went to final over of the final day but Jimmy Anderson stood firm as England finished on 270-9 to earn a morale-boosting draw.
Had Australia had a bit more time they would have surely won and the spotlight was immediately put on captain Cummins and his decision to declare on Saturday.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing but he may now be regretting not putting England back into bat earlier and giving Australia more time to get the 10 wickets.
Rain also played its part throughout the Test and speaking to reporters Cummins suggested he has learned one or two lessons over the last five days.
"That was a great game of Test cricket. We got close. The weather forecasts are hopeless. I learned that this week," he said. "I thought we'd left ourselves enough time. Today was good fun."
Meanwhile man-of-the-match Usman Khawaja who hit two centuries said Australia did all they could to get the win but it wasn't to be on this occasion.
"It could have gone either way. We couldn't have asked for much more," Khawaja said. "I'm enjoying the game. I love it. There are ups and downs. I know the next time I play I could get two ducks."