The Daily Star – Bangladesh – At tea after two rain delays, Australia were 103 for two and trailing the tourists by 61 runs after England’s first innings ended on the first ball of the day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Summary

  • At tea after two rain delays, Australia were 103 for two and trailing the tourists by 61 runs after England’s first innings ended on the first ball of the day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • The tourists, with all the momentum after Alastair Cook’s record-breaking innings of 244 not out, snared the wickets of Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja to send early jitters through the home side.
  • It meant that Cook achieved the highest score of anyone carrying his bat — the rare feat of batting throughout the innings — in Test cricket, bettering New Zealand’s Glenn Turner’s 223 not out against the West Indies in Kingston in 1972.
  • Cook set a number of records on Thursday’s third day, when he surpassed the highest score by a visiting batsman in a Melbourne Test, bettering the 208 by West Indian great Viv Richards in 1984.
  • England have four sessions left in Melbourne to secure their first win of the Ashes series, after going an irretrievable 3-0 down in the first three Tests.


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