Sify – [Australia], Dec 29 (ANI): England opener Alastair Cook carried his bat to become the first player to do so at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Summary

  • [Australia], Dec 29 (ANI): England opener Alastair Cook carried his bat to become the first player to do so at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
  • He also now has the record for a Test opener carrying his bat through an innings.
  • Cook who remained unbeaten at 244* at stumps on Day 3 did not get a chance to bat on Day 4 as pacer James Anderson was dismissed by Pat Cummins of the first delivery of the day to conclude England’s first innings at 491.
  • The thirty-three-year-old also became the first England batsman to carry his bat in a Test in 20 years after Mike Atherton did so against New Zealand in 1996-97.
  • At the close of play, Australia were 103 for the loss of two wickets of opener Cameron Bancroft (27) and batsman Usman Khawaja (11).


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