In the third Test, Scott Boland takes 6 for 7, as Australia defeats England by an innings and 14 runs to retain the Ashes.

  • Dec. 28, 2021, 11:56 a.m.


A relentless Australia spearheaded with the aid of debutant Scott Boland skittled England for an embarrassing 68 on Tuesday to win the 0.33 Test by an innings and 14 runs and maintain the Ashes with two matches still to play. The travelers resumed in Melbourne on 31 for four, nevertheless 51 runs at the back of, after a disastrous very last hour on Monday towards a few excellent fast bowling that left their Ashes dreams in tatters. Their survival rested on skipper Joe Root, however whilst he fell for 28, it turned into just a count number of time earlier than the relaxation observed.

Boland, known as up as damage cowl, changed into invincible on his home ground at the MCG, taking 6-7 off four overs, equaling the report for the quickest 5-wicket haul in 19 balls.

Mitchell Starc ended with 3-29 as England's distress turned into complete.

"It is pretty insane. Just an fantastic few weeks, everything clicked and everything worked out," stated Australian skipper Pat Cummins.

"Thrilled for Scott Boland. We were relentless."

Ben Stokes resumed on two but his negative excursion persevered while he has smooth-bowled by Starc for eleven. Jonny Bairstow made 5 and when Root turned into out it became throughout, with the tail enders quick following.

"It is what it's miles. We have come to dealing with this sort of an environment for a while now," said a dejected Root.

"Credit to Australia, they blew us away. We have loads of tough work to do now and come back tough inside the next  fits."

Covid threat

Whether there might be play in any respect changed into doubtful after 4 individuals of the England celebration --  guide staff and two own family members - tested superb for coronavirus on Monday.

But all gamers from both groups underwent PCR checks after stumps and returned bad effects Tuesday morning with the primary ball bowled on time table.

England headed to Melbourne understanding they need to win to maintain the five-Test collection alive after heavy defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide, with Australia simplest wanting a draw to retain the urn as holders.

And they fleetingly hauled themselves into competition at the again of a vintage bowling attempt from veteran seamer James Anderson, which restrained Australia to 267 in their first innings in reply to the vacationers' 185.

But it turned into simplest an 82-run lead and any desires England had of staying within the Test, or maybe prevailing it, fell aside inside the face of an intense fast bowling blitz on Monday from Starc, Cummins and Boland.

In an hour of mayhem, they removed hapless openers Zak Crawley (five) and Haseeb Hameed (seven), Dawid Malan for a golden duck and night watchman Jack Leach (zero), leaving England staring into the abyss on 31 for 4 after every other stunning collapse.


Once again, their hopes rested with Root, who resumed on 12, and big name all-rounder Stokes, nonetheless 51 runs at the back of.

Stokes has failed to fireplace this series however flogged Starc for four to show purpose, most effective for the New South Welshman to reply in devastating fashion  balls later with a fuller, tighter delivery that clattered into the stumps.

Root took an unpleasant blow in the groin location off Cummins on 23 and finally went for 28, stuck by David Warner at slip off Boland.

Despite the dismissal it capped an excellent 365 days for Root with the bat, finishing the calendar year with the 1/3 most Test runs (1,708) in history, handed best by means of Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf (1,788 in 2006) and Viv Richards (1,710 in 1976).

England's miserable batting past due Monday, which observed collapses in Brisbane and Adelaide, become castigated by the British media.

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