England tour of Australia, 3rd Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 29, 1978 - Jan 3, 1979
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Australia won by 103 runs
29,30 December 1978, 1,2,3 January 1979 (5-day match)
  Australia 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
GM Wood c Emburey b Miller 100 392 283 6 0 35.33
WM Darling run out 33 93 71 2 0 46.47
KJ Hughes c †Taylor b Botham 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
GN Yallop* c Hendrick b Botham 41 83 98 4 0 41.83
PM Toohey c Randall b Miller 32 79 70 1 0 45.71
AR Border c Brearley b Hendrick 29 105 115 4 0 25.21
JA Maclean b Botham 8 68 47 0 0 17.02
RM Hogg c Randall b Miller 0 2 5 0 0 0.00
G Dymock b Hendrick 0 13 14 0 0 0.00
AG Hurst b Hendrick 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
JD Higgs not out 1 24 15 0 0 6.66
Extras (lb 8, nb 6) 14
  Total (all out; 89.1 overs) 258 (2.17 runs per 6 balls)
  Bowling O M R W Econ
  RGD Willis 13 2 47 0 2.71
  IT Botham 20.1 4 68 3 2.53
  M Hendrick 23 3 50 3 1.63
  JE Emburey 14 1 44 0 2.35
  G Miller 19 6 35 3 1.38
  England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
G Boycott b Hogg 1 12 13 0 0 7.69
JM Brearley* lbw b Hogg 1 16 8 0 0 12.50
DW Randall lbw b Hurst 13 88 53 1 0 24.52
GA Gooch c Border b Dymock 25 110 91 1 0 27.47
DI Gower lbw b Dymock 29 59 48 4 0 60.41
IT Botham c Darling b Higgs 22 83 80 3 0 27.50
G Miller b Hogg 7 123 101 0 0 6.93
RW Taylor b Hogg 1 3 4 0 0 25.00
JE Emburey b Hogg 0 12 14 0 0 0.00
RGD Willis c Darling b Dymock 19 87 76 0 0 25.00
M Hendrick not out 6 31 33 1 0 18.18
Extras (b 6, lb 4, nb 9) 19
  Total (all out; 63.6 overs) 143 (1.68 runs per 6 balls)
  Bowling O M R W Econ
  RM Hogg 17 7 30 5 1.32
  AG Hurst 12 2 24 1 1.50
  G Dymock 15.6 4 38 3 1.80
  JD Higgs 19 9 32 1 1.26
  Australia 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
GM Wood b Botham 34 136 107 0 0 31.77
WM Darling c Randall b Miller 21 100 86 0 0 24.41
KJ Hughes c Gower b Botham 48 153 142 4 1 33.80
GN Yallop* c †Taylor b Miller 16 41 46 1 0 34.78
PM Toohey c Botham b Emburey 20 33 30 1 0 66.66
AR Border run out 0 9 12 0 0 0.00
JA Maclean c Hendrick b Emburey 10 91 77 1 0 12.98
RM Hogg b Botham 1 20 21 0 0 4.76
G Dymock c Brearley b Hendrick 6 41 39 0 0 15.38
JD Higgs st †Taylor b Emburey 0 10 7 0 0 0.00
AG Hurst not out 0 4 4 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 4, lb 6, nb 1) 11
  Total (all out; 71.2 overs) 167 (1.75 runs per 6 balls)
  Bowling O M R W Econ
  RGD Willis 7 0 21 0 2.25
  IT Botham 15 4 41 3 2.05
  M Hendrick 14 4 25 1 1.33
  G Miller 14 5 39 2 2.08
  JE Emburey 21.2 12 30 3 1.05
  England 2nd innings (target: 283 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
G Boycott lbw b Hurst 38 197 155 1 0 24.51
JM Brearley* c †Maclean b Dymock 0 7 3 0 0 0.00
DW Randall lbw b Hogg 2 5 8 0 0 25.00
GA Gooch lbw b Hogg 40 95 87 5 0 45.97
DI Gower lbw b Dymock 49 167 128 3 0 38.28
IT Botham c †Maclean b Higgs 10 76 62 0 0 16.12
G Miller c Hughes b Higgs 1 17 12 0 0 8.33
RW Taylor c †Maclean b Hogg 5 34 40 0 0 12.50
JE Emburey not out 7 44 33 0 0 21.21
RGD Willis c Yallop b Hogg 3 20 12 0 0 25.00
M Hendrick b Hogg 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 10, lb 7, w 1, nb 6) 24
  Total (all out; 67 overs) 179 (2.00 runs per 6 balls)
  Bowling O M R W Econ
  RM Hogg 17 5 36 5 1.58
  G Dymock 18 4 37 2 1.54
  AG Hurst 11 1 39 1 2.65
  JD Higgs 16 2 29 2 1.35
  AR Border 5 0 14 0 2.10

Match details


Balls per over 8
Toss - Australia, who chose to bat
Series - England led the 6-match series 2-1
Test debut - AR Border (Australia)
Player of the match - GM Wood (Australia)
Umpires - RA French and MG O'Connell
Close of play
  • Fri, 29 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 243/4 (GM Wood 100*, AR Border 25*)
  • Sat, 30 Dec - day 2 - England 1st innings 107/8 (G Miller 3*, RGD Willis 3*)
  • Sun, 31 Dec - rest day
  • Mon, 1 Jan - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 163/7 (JA Maclean 10*, G Dymock 3*)
  • Tue, 2 Jan - day 4 - England 2nd innings 171/8 (JE Emburey 2*)
  • Wed, 3 Jan - day 5 - England 2nd innings 179 (67 ov) - end of match
 
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