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3rd Test, Melbourne, December 26 - 28, 2021, England tour of Australia
185 & 68

Australia won by an innings and 14 runs

Player Of The Match
1/48 & 6/7
England 1st Innings
Australia 1st Innings
England 2nd Innings
Match Flow
England 1st Innings 
c †Carey b Cummins0109000.00
c Green b Cummins1225360048.00
c Warner b Cummins14661101021.21
c †Carey b Starc50821134060.97
c Lyon b Green2560892141.66
c Green b Starc35751243046.66
c Boland b Lyon311270027.27
lbw b Boland615220040.00
c Boland b Lyon2226443084.61
c Smith b Lyon1318190172.22
not out 048000.00
Extras(lb 4, nb 1)5
TOTAL65.1 Ov (RR: 2.83, 304 Mins)185
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Haseeb Hameed, 1.5 ov), 2-13 (Zak Crawley, 7.2 ov), 3-61 (Dawid Malan, 26.3 ov), 4-82 (Joe Root, 32.6 ov), 5-115 (Ben Stokes, 46.2 ov), 6-128 (Jos Buttler, 51.2 ov), 7-141 (Mark Wood, 55.5 ov), 8-159 (Jonny Bairstow, 58.4 ov), 9-176 (Jack Leach, 63.3 ov), 10-185 (Ollie Robinson, 65.1 ov)
32.6 to JE Root, chases the fourth-stump line again, and it's 50 and out! Oh dear, that's a poor shot from Root, he was so untroubled, but a moment of laziness, on the back foot, fails to ride the bounce this time, and Carey pouches the thin nick! Starc hasn't been at his best, but a hint of shape on a good length is enough to rip out the massive wicket!. 82/4
58.4 to JM Bairstow, well ... that was something while it lasted... just as he's finding his feet, Bairstow loses his feet, a short ball into the body, a cramped limbo into the line of the ball, a looping deflection off the glove, out to gully. And there goes England's last hope of something competitive. He briefly looked like reviewing that, which is an indication of how confused he was by the short ball. 159/8
1.5 to H Hameed, nicks off! Cummins gets his radar spot on, nip and climb off the seam, angled in at off stump, fractional deviation away from a hard-handed block, a slender outside edge, Cummins has his 100th Test wicket on home soil, and Hameed has another duck!. 4/1
7.2 to Z Crawley, turned inside-out! And Crawley departs! Lift on off stump, climbing into the shoulder of the bat, a fast fat nick straight into the hands of gully... well, he's improved his average for 2021, but not England's fortunes at the top of the order!. 13/2
26.3 to DJ Malan, edged, taken this time! What a performance from the captain. Good length, angled across, Malan presses forward and it's a regulation nick that reaches Warner at waist height. 61/3
55.5 to MA Wood, huge appeal, nailed on the front pad, and that looks plumb! Boland has his maiden Test wicket, but Wood is reviewing, as well he might. But umpire Reiffel had a long hard look at that, and I back his take on this one. It's clearly pad-first, and the third umpire agrees... and yes, that is smashing middle! The subsidence continues. 141/7
46.2 to BA Stokes, taken at point! Green grabs another big wicket. The pressure pays off. A short delivery outside off, Stokes again leaning back, can't keep his back-foot drive down and it's neatly held. He appeared a little in two minds about whether to go in the air. Stokes' hard work comes to not much. 115/5
51.2 to JC Buttler, oh dear! He's sent it straight down the throat of deep midwicket. On the stroke of tea. Used his feet, didn't get near to the pitch, went through the flick high into the leg side and it's a simple take for Boland. Not sure what to say about that from England's point of view. Australia's day gets better and better.. 128/6
63.3 to MJ Leach, a simple edge to slip, a bit of pop on off stump. And that's the end of Leach's fun. Good areas from Lyon, dipping from round the wicket and kissing the thumb on the bottom hand. Smith watches the chance straight into his hands. 176/9
65.1 to OE Robinson, hoisted high, but not so mightily, straight down the throat of deep midwicket! Robinson went for the big shot, Boland backpedalled on the largest outfield in the game, and swallows his second chance of the day. England succumb for less than 200, for the 12th time this year.. 185/10
Australia 1st Innings 
c Root b Anderson761892707040.21
c Crawley b Anderson3842625090.47
c †Buttler b Robinson1022252045.45
c Root b Wood11423007.14
b Anderson1631501051.61
c Root b Robinson2748812056.25
lbw b Leach1763772026.98
c †Buttler b Stokes1943640044.18
c Hameed b Anderson2132522065.62
not out 2437601064.86
c Crawley b Wood611190054.54
Extras(b 2, lb 4, nb 5, w 1)12
TOTAL87.5 Ov (RR: 3.03, 396 Mins)267
Fall of wickets: 1-57 (David Warner, 14.1 ov), 2-76 (Nathan Lyon, 19.4 ov), 3-84 (Marnus Labuschagne, 24.3 ov), 4-110 (Steven Smith, 35.1 ov), 5-171 (Travis Head, 55.4 ov), 6-180 (Marcus Harris, 61.1 ov), 7-207 (Cameron Green, 72.5 ov), 8-219 (Alex Carey, 75.3 ov), 9-253 (Pat Cummins, 84.2 ov), 10-267 (Scott Boland, 87.5 ov)
14.1 to DA Warner, taken in the gully! Well, well. Almost out of nowhere. Over the wicket, good length angled across Warner, he jabs at it somewhat and the thick edge carries low to Crawley who takes it very well. Excellent catch. How England needed that.. 57/1
35.1 to SPD Smith, cleaned him up! Reward for a superb spell. Good length outside off, Smith plays forward and it takes an inside edge into the top of the stumps. The bat slightly angled, and there was a bit of a gap. Well, that changes this a bit. 110/4
61.1 to MS Harris, edged, taken at first slip! More brilliance from Anderson. Round the wicket, right on the spot, full length outside off, brings Harris forward and doesn't really chase it. Straightens enough to take the edge and it's another safe catch from the captain. Good innings from Harris but a maiden Test hundred goes begging. 180/6
84.2 to PJ Cummins, swings into the pull, a leading edge loops to point, Anderson has England's first four-for of the series! Hameed is on hand to end Cummins' handy stay. The lead is 68, which is pretty much the limit of what England dare to concede, as Scott Boland emerges on debut. 253/9
19.4 to NM Lyon, super delivery, thin nick to the keeper! That's tremendous line-and-length from Robinson, pitching on, holding its line, snicking the edge of a hard-handed push, and Buttler clings on with no alarms. The nightwatchman goes, and now battle is joined!. 76/2
55.4 to TM Head, dangles the bat fatefully once more, and Root clutches on at first slip! Just when England were starting to look a bit lost, Robinson's probing line from over the wicket hits pay-dirt, Head was tempted all over long by the angle across his bows, and this time has a nibble. The skipper watches the ball into his bread-basket, and there's a post-lunch opening. 171/5
24.3 to M Labuschagne, edged, and straight to Root at slip! That is a massive moment for England! No lives this time for Marnus, lovely pace from Wood, kicking from a tight line, into the splice and a comfortable deflection! Two early wickets on the second morning, and their biggest thorn of the series gone. A chance... a chance to keep the innings within England's reach. 84/3
87.5 to SM Boland, edged, taken at second slip! Wood gets a fully deserved second wicket. Back of a length outside off, Boland pushed at it and the thick edge is well taken by Crawley. 267/10
75.3 to AT Carey, driven, and edged! Stokes strikes before the new ball too, and England are properly in the contest now! Full length again, shape across the left-hander, luring him outside the line of off stump, for a thin nick into Buttler's gloves. There's something brewing here.... 219/8
72.5 to C Green, skids on, and Leach has the breakthrough! Up goes the finger but Green is reviewing. He was a long way back as the ball thudded his knee-roll. No evidence of inside-edge on Hot Spot... or on Snicko. So, all on ball tracker. It's leg-sided, but clipping leg, and so umpire's call stands!. 207/7
England 2nd Innings 
c †Carey b Boland731501022.58
c †Carey b Starc516201031.25
lbw b Starc013000.00
c Warner b Boland2859984047.45
b Boland023000.00
b Starc1116272068.75
lbw b Boland518310027.77
not out 514261035.71
c & b Boland037000.00
c Labuschagne b Boland022000.00
b Green2460050.00
Extras(lb 5)5
TOTAL27.4 Ov (RR: 2.45, 141 Mins)68
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Zak Crawley, 4.4 ov), 2-7 (Dawid Malan, 4.5 ov), 3-22 (Haseeb Hameed, 10.3 ov), 4-22 (Jack Leach, 10.5 ov), 5-46 (Ben Stokes, 16.5 ov), 6-60 (Jonny Bairstow, 22.5 ov), 7-61 (Joe Root, 24.4 ov), 8-65 (Mark Wood, 26.1 ov), 9-65 (Ollie Robinson, 26.3 ov), 10-68 (James Anderson, 27.4 ov)
4.4 to Z Crawley, huge appeal for caught behind, it the finger goes up! It felt inevitable the way Australia were bowling. This was a length ball angled across, Crawley goes to defend and it just grazes the outside edge. 7/1
4.5 to DJ Malan, massive appeal for lbw and given first ball! Will Malan review? Yes, he's gone upstairs. Hold the celebration, folks. It looked reasonably high. Short of a length and angled back in at Malan who was beaten for pace. It's leg-side(ish)...and it's umpire's calls on hitting the leg bail! Resume those celebrations. 7/2
16.5 to BA Stokes, what a response! Starc aims fuller, tighter to the stumps, detonating the top of middle, clean through the gate! Stokes came forward to defend, but that was too fast and too good! Shaping back in from over the wicket, and cutting off the seam for extra impact. Proper bowling. 46/5
10.3 to H Hameed, he's got him! Outside edge and the MCG roars for its local hero. A lovely delivery from Boland, back of a length at off stump, nips off the seam and takes a thin nick as Hameed is squared up. That's also a wicket for the work of Starc and Cummins. 22/3
10.5 to MJ Leach, gone, left it alone, loses off stump! Carnage at the MCG. Round the wicket, length delivery shapes back, Leach doesn't play and the ball pings into the top of off stump. What scenes. 22/4
22.5 to JM Bairstow, huge appeal! And given! A long look from umpire Wilson, that looked hugely adjacent, but Bairstow reviews. He was thumped on the knee-roll, not very far forward. No sign of an inside-edge, so this is likely to be curtains. Not sure it'll be outside the line... indeed, it's Umpire's Call! On impact and hitting the stumps. But he was beaten all ends up by the wicket-to-wicket, line and length, tailing in. No complaints about that being given!. 60/6
24.4 to JE Root, hard-handed drive, and that truly is the end of that! Angled in once more, Root flashes through the line, feeling the need to keep England moving, somehow, towards a lead. But Warner at slip clings onto a fat deflection. This is unlikely to last beyond lunch now. 61/7
26.1 to MA Wood, straight back to him, it's a five-wicket haul! What a match for Boland. It's a full ball at off stump, Wood comes forward to drive and just pops a return catch back down the pitch. Can you believe these figures? 3.1-1-5-5. Mind-boggling stuff. 65/8
26.3 to OE Robinson, edged, taken at third slip! INCREDIBLE SCENES. SIX FOR BOLAND. Length ball outside off, Robinson props forward and it's a snaffled by Labuschagne. 65/9
27.4 to JM Anderson, cleaned him up! The Ashes are retained Round the wicket, full at the stumps, shoots past the edge and into off stump. 68/10
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Sun, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 61/1 (Marcus Harris 20*, Nathan Lyon 0*, 16 ov)
Mon, 27 Dec - day 2 - England 2nd innings 31/4 (Joe Root 12*, Ben Stokes 2*, 12 ov)
Tue, 28 Dec - day 3 - England 2nd innings 68 (27.4 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
  • England: 50 runs in 18.5 overs (113 balls), Extras 5
  • Over 22.5: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - P Wilson, Batter - JM Bairstow (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • Drinks: England - 61/7 in 24.4 overs (JC Buttler 0)
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberTest no. 2442
Hours of play (local time)11.00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days26,27,28 Decemer 2021 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
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Match Referee
PointsAustralia 12, England 0
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