Sport 24 – Melbourne – England rejected ball-tampering allegations as a “beat-up” on Friday as rain frustrated their push for their first victory of the Ashes series against Australia.

Summary

  • Melbourne – England rejected ball-tampering allegations as a “beat-up” on Friday as rain frustrated their push for their first victory of the Ashes series against Australia.
  • England’s Alastair Cook carried his bat for a world-record 244 not out before David Warner, unbeaten on 40, and captain Steve Smith, on 25, defied the visiting bowlers on a rain-truncated day.
  • Extended hours will be played on the final day on Saturday as England press for their first win of the series, in which Australia hold an unbeatable 3-0 lead.
  • Bayliss also slammed claims of tampering after footage of England bowler James Anderson working the ball with his thumbnail drew suspicions.
  • Earlier, England were all out on their overnight total of 491 on the first ball of the day, when Anderson was caught by Cameron Bancroft off Pat Cummins for a duck.


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