Day 3 of Boxing Day Test and Alastair Cook is still unbeaten. England is leading batting in its first inning by 164 runs. Although only a single wicket remains to exhaust the team completely, England’s dominance in the inning is apparent for now. It had a specific feat for former captain Cook, who is unbeaten so far with a score of 164 runs. The player knocked the hefty score after performing low for 10 consecutive innings. This was the worst in his career, but the strike back is certainly his strongest. The opener played 409 balls batting for more than 10 hours. In the stretch, he smashed 27 boundaries. This is a record for any Test batsmen in Australia, breaking his own record at Gabba back in 2010. Cook’s previous record was an unbeaten 235.
The Ashes series sliding through the team hand, have a single retribution now. England still has the chance to escape a whitewash in the five-match series. With a total tally of 491 for 9, the visitors would look forward to adding more runs to the score. England’s inning was devoid of partnerships, as it was only the opener who went far with his bat. Still, Stuart Broad scored 56 runs, in the partnership of 100 runs with Cook. Throughout the day, it was the latter who played most elegantly with well controlled and accurate positioning.
Apart from two catch misses team Australia could not do much against Cook. MCG witnessed the best score so far off any visiting batsmen in the format. Cook battered 208 by Viv Richard, a record back from 1984. On the other end, Stuart Broad’s half century also marked a record. It is the first half-century since 1991 for England at number 10. Earlier in the inning, Joe Root and Cook paired for 138 runs. The captain scored 61 featuring 7 fours in the stretch. Aussie bowlers finished with equal tallies in the day. Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins took three wickets each.
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