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England 185-10 & 68-10 (27.4 Ovs)
Jos Buttler 5 (14)
Cameron Green 3.4-0-8-1
Australia won by an innings and 14 runs
Australia reduced England to 22/4 late on Day 2. © Getty
IT’S ALL OVER! Australia have beaten England by an innings and 14 runs to win the Ashes 3-0!It was an abject end to a struggling Test for England with the hosts trampling all over the visitors. It was a dream come true for Boland to get the baggy green, but the home boy has bowled beautifully on debut to finish with figures of 6-7 that blew England away. He may be pinching himself to believe what just transpired at the MCG after being just the fourth indigenous player to represent Australia in Test cricket! It’s been a special performance from the Australians who have bowled England out for 68.
It all started with Starc, who knocked Stokes over very early on Day 3 and Boland thereafter took over. Only Root stood between Australia and the Ashes, but when Boland eked out the edge, it was curtains. It didn’t take as long either with Australia needing just 15.4 overs in the morning session on Day 3 to pick up the remaining 6 wickets to wrap up the Test within 7 sessions. Green knocked over Anderson for the final wicket as celebrations kicked off all over Australia! Take a bow Scott Boland! Player of the Match on debut … It was a one-sided contest in the end, but can’t fault Australia for having been relentless. Hope you’ve enjoyed the fast bowling masterclasses on display in this Test as much as everyone else did. Do join us for the final two Tests. See you then!
Make that 6 !! Robinson edges and Boland has 6 !! Australia are just one wicket away from the Ashes! ONE WICKET!He’s bowled beautifully, there’s hardly been a bad ball.
ANOTHER ONE AND BOLAND HAS 5! Can you believe it? His figures of him read 5-5 !!What a debut he’s having on his home turf. Mark Wood hits one straight back to the bowler who can do no wrong. He holds on in his follow-through and Australia are two wickets away! England are still 17 runs behind.
4 wickets in 3 overs! Boland sends Root packing !!It’s the big fish and the MCG specialist gets the edge off Root’s bat that’s taken by Warner. Wow – this is some bowling display from Australia’s pacers this morning! This was full and a hint of swing away from the right-hander forced Root to play at it. He departs for 28 – finishing the third-highest run-getter for a batsman in a year in Tests with 1708 runs.
OUT !!! Bairstow is given out leg-before a couple of balls later in Boland’s over.He reviews … but there’s nothing on hotspot. Nothing on snicko. Umpire’s call and Bairstow departs– England lose their 6th wicket. No damage done then because of that drop as Bairstow plays across the line. England trail by 22 runs. Boland’s figures are 3-5 in two overs !!
Dropped! Oh no!Cam Green has been brilliant at gully, but he puts down a cut from Bairstow that goes to his left off Boland’s first ball on the third day.
KNOCKED OVER !! The crowd goes berserk as the top of middle stumps is disturbed.Starc breaches Stokes’s defense as England lose their fifth wicket in the early hours of Dy 3.
Are you still reeling from that final hour of play from yesterday at the MCG? Is that why Test cricket really excites you? Are you still getting the chills watching the replays? Yes, me too! Hello and welcome to Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and England. What a passage of play we got to witness at the MCG last night. It truly is why the venue is known as the G – one of the best sporting venues in the world. And why not, the public was supercharged owing to the exhibition of fast bowling on display from Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Scott Boland.
Australia would’ve been thrilled, especially given that England had fought back valiantly, bagging two sessions out of three to restrict the hosts to 267. With a lead of 82, Australia would’ve hoped for early wickets, but got a lot more than a couple with Starc and Boland returning double-wicket overs as England were reduced to 31/4 at stumps, trailing by 51. When play resumes on Day 3, a familiar tale will resume with skipper Joe Root having to carry the weight of England’s woes on his shoulders and step up once again. He will have Ben Stokes for company.
The Australian bowlers will hope they find similar purchase in the wicket as they did with the new ball last evening. The fate of the Ashes could well be determined today if the onslaught continues from last night … Can England show any fight after that confidence-sapping period? If anyone, England’s best man is in the middle for the job.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, we have a statement from Cricket Australia regarding the COVID tests conducted with all testing negative, leaving the Test untouched. Play will begin on time.
“Players from the Australian and England teams all had PCR Covid-19 Tests after play yesterday and all results have come back negative. The families of both sets of players also had PCR tests yesterday and all returned a negative test. The England team’s support staff and their family members who tested positive after PCR tests yesterday are in isolation. ”