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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
scott-boland
Match centre 
Scores: M Venkat Raghav
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Comms: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
England 185/10(65.1 overs)
1st INNINGS
Joe Root 50 (82)
Pat Cummins3/36 (15)
Nathan Lyon3/36 (14.1)
Australia 267/10(87.5 overs)
1st INNINGS
James Anderson4/33 (23)
Ollie Robinson2/64 (19.2)
England 68/10(27.4 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Joe Root 28 (59)
Ben Stokes 11 (16)
Scott Boland6/7 (4)
Mitchell Starc3/29 (10)

Australia win by an innings and 14 runs on a scarcely believable morning session. Didn't even reach lunch. England just blown away. It's been a horror tour. And what's to come? For now, though, lets just marvel at Australia's performance. Scott Boland with the greatest day of his career. Their pace bowling has been irresistible throughout the series. They took a wicket with the first ball of the series and haven't looked back. Hugs and high-fives all around in the Australia camp. Soul-searching for England. They have had some lows down under, but not any lower than this.

Sampath: "This Test match lasted 1084 balls, the shortest completed Test match hosted by Australia in 70 years."

John: "Has anyone ever bowled better than Cummins without taking a wicket?"

All the Australians are walking round the MCG taking it all in. Huge smile on Boland's face. I'm sure he can't believe it. "I'm speechless," he says on Fox. "I had no idea it would be over by midday. That's my best-ever figures, nothing happened that quickly. [The crowd] were amazing, going down there gives you a real big buzz."

Lowest first innings lead for a team to win by an innings:
46 - ENG (246) vs NZ (200 & 26) in 1955, Auckland
74 - WI (392) vs ENG (318 & 51) in 2009, Kingston
82 - AUS (267) vs ENG (185 & 68) in 2021, Melbourne
87 - WI (218) vs PAK (131 & 77) in 1986, Lahore
Chris: "This is surely the worst ever England team to ever come to Aus. I'll be shocked if it doesn't finish 5-0, the entire batting line up should be scrapped except Root, even he should be stripped of the captaincy after this tour though." - They'll be a lot of fallout. For now, the presentations...

Joe Root: "We've been playing in these times for a while now, all you can do is try and front up. Credit to Australia they blew us away. A lot of hard work to do. [Covid] It's not ideal, I though the way we went about our cricket on the field was excellent. We put them under pressure and were very much in the Test match. We've got to do things for longer, been small pockets but nowhere near long enough. We know the areas we need to improve on. We have to stay strong and look at the next two games to take something from the tour."

Pat Cummins: "It's pretty insane...an awesome few weeks, so proud of the group. Everything has clicked. So happy for Scotty in front of his home crowd. I think we've been relentless. The bowlers have owned that good area. Some big partnerships, they have earned the right to bat long. They've been really brave and taken on the game. Michael Neser, really disappointed he didn't get the chance, but a great sign of the strength of Australian cricket. We were really confident Scotty would do a great job. Maybe not 6 for 7! Any Ashes series is when you try and make a mark on your Test career. Last series was 4-0, one before that was 5-0, so a chance to start cementing our identity."

Player of the Match is Scott Boland who gets the Mullagh Medal in a hugely significant moment. Huge cheers around the ground. "Coming here today, though we had a good chance. Found out on Christmas Eve, told some family and friends. Thought it was going to be really tough, a big step up. Hoping to make a little bit of an impact. Like to thank the crowd for all the support, really appreciate it. There were about 17 of us who went away a few year to commemorate the 1868 tour, very proud to win this award." Boland puts the medal around his neck. Historic. Only one bowler conceded fewer than Scott Boland (7 runs) in men's Tests while taking six or more wickets in an innings - Jermaine Lawson's 3 runs in 2002 vs Bangladesh.

Well, blimey, what a morning that has been. Australia have their hands on the Ashes again and, if the series gets to its conclusion, hard to see it being anything other than 5-0. There's a lot to happen between now and Sydney because of Covid-19, but fingers crossed everything is okay. For now, though, I'm going to step away and starting picking through all the drama. From Miller and Gnasher it's goodbye for now and thanks for joining us over the last few days. See you again soon.

27.4
W
Green to Anderson, OUT

cleaned him up! The Ashes are retained Round the wicket, full at the stumps, shoots past the edge and into off stump

James Anderson b Green 2 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
27.3
1
Green to Buttler, 1 run

full outside off, pushes into the covers and takes the single to expose Anderson

27.2
Green to Buttler, no run

short, down the leg side, Buttler goes for the hook and misses

27.1
Green to Buttler, no run

zips past the edge! Short of a length and Buttler spars at it

PhilFour: "Scott Boland, you beauty!"

end of over 272 runs • 2 wickets
ENG: 67/9CRR: 2.48 
James Anderson2 (3)
Jos Buttler4 (11)
Scott Boland 4-1-7-6
Cameron Green 3-0-7-0
26.6
Boland to Anderson, no run

good length at off stump, gets across the crease and defends to point

26.5
Boland to Anderson, no run

wide outside off, left alone

26.4
2
Boland to Anderson, 2 runs

round the wicket, flicks a delivery neatly off his pads through square leg

What have we witnessed here? Feeble from England. Magnificent from Boland. What a few days at the MCG. Can he finish it this over?

26.3
W
Boland to Robinson, OUT

edged, taken at third slip! INCREDIBLE SCENES. SIX FOR BOLAND. Length ball outside off, Robinson props forward and it's a snaffled by Labuschagne

Ollie Robinson c Labuschagne b Boland 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
26.2
Boland to Robinson, no run

past the edge, there's an appeal from behind the bat as Robinson nibbles at it

Scott Boland has equalled the record for the fastest five-wicket haul in 19 balls. Ernie Toshack and Stuart Broad have taken one in 19 balls

26.1
W
Boland to Wood, OUT

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

Mark Wood c & b Boland 0 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
end of over 264 runs
ENG: 65/7CRR: 2.50 
Jos Buttler4 (11)
Mark Wood0 (2)
Cameron Green 3-0-7-0
Scott Boland 3-1-5-4
25.6
Green to Buttler, no run

drags the length back, it's on off stump, defended

25.5
4
Green to Buttler, FOUR runs

rare poor ball, a full toss outside off, drives through the covers

25.4
Green to Buttler, no run

fuller outside, he walks into a defensive shot and it runs off the face into gully

Cameron: "Looks like Scott Boland has locked himself in for all MCG Tests for the next 5 or 6 years with this performance!"

25.3
Green to Buttler, no run

ducks underneath a bouncer

25.2
Green to Buttler, no run

goes back in the crease, defended

25.1
Green to Buttler, no run

back of a length, straight, defended to mid-on

Can England make Australia bat again?

end of over 25Wicket maiden
ENG: 61/7CRR: 2.44 
Mark Wood0 (2)
Jos Buttler0 (5)
Scott Boland 3-1-5-4
Cameron Green 2-0-3-0
24.6
Boland to Wood, no run

fuller, brings him forward, seams past the outside edge to end another magical over for Boland

24.5
Boland to Wood, no run

back of a length outside off, holds the bat inside the line

Thanks Miller. This won't last long

Out comes drinks. It's been a relentless morning from Australia. Here's Gnasher for the last rites. As Root departs with 1708 runs to his name for 2021, two shy of Richards in second spot, and 80 short of Yousuf

24.4
W
Boland to Root, OUT

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

Joe Root c Warner b Boland 28 (98m 59b 4x4 0x6) SR: 47.45

Sowmen: "So yet another marginal decision going in Australia's favour, it will be an interesting stat to see how many UMPIRE's Call decisions have gone in each team's favour (both while batting " Marginal maybe, but bringing the stumps into play pays dividends

24.3
Boland to Root, no run

forward, and pushed into the off side

Best performances - batters
MS Harris
MS Harris AUS
76 runs (189)
7 fours0 six
Control
88%
Productive shot
flick
31 runs
1 four0 six
31220919904
JE Root
JE Root ENG
50 runs (82)
4 fours0 six
Control
78%
Productive shot
flick
18 runs
1 four0 six
829946210
Best performances - bowlers
SM Boland
SM Boland AUS
O
4
M
1
R
7
W
6
ECO
1.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
3W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
JM Anderson
JM Anderson ENG
O
23
M
10
R
33
W
4
ECO
1.43
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to field first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Australia
Scott Boland
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
Scott Boland
Scott Boland
Umpires
Australia
Paul Reiffel
Australia
Paul Wilson
TV Umpire
Australia
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Australia
Shawn Craig
Match Referee
Australia
David Boon
PointsAustralia 12, England 0
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