Boxing Day Test: Double-centurion Cook places England in control

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Alastair Cook reeled off a record-breaking twofold century to place England in full order of the fourth Ashes Test with an imposing 164-run innings lead in Melbourne on Thursday.

The stoic opener determinedly bobbed back after a lean keep running of scores to complete the day unconquered on 244 off 409 balls. At the nearby, England were 491 for nine.

En route, Cook outperformed the most elevated score by a meeting batsman in a Test coordinate at the popular Melbourne Cricket Ground, bettering the 208 by West Indian incredible Viv Richards in 1984.

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He prior bettered Wally Hammond’s 200 set in 1928 as the most astounding Test score at the MCG by an Englishman.

Cook’s fifth twofold century in 151 Test coordinates likewise launch him above West Indian Brian Lara to end up plainly the 6th most noteworthy run-getter in Test cricket with 11,956.

Australia, who as of now have won back the Ashes with an unassailable 3-0 lead, looked unfit to stop the stream of keeps running in the last session as Stuart Broad upheld Cook to remove the amusement from the hosts.

Expansive, who survived a progression of hair-raising short-pitched balls, flourished in his organization with Cook, pushing the voyagers past 450 on an inert pitch.

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It required different replays before Broad was at last given out for 56 off 63 balls to a plunging outfield get by Usman Khawaja off Pat Cummins, finishing a crippling 100-run remain off 110 balls with Cook.

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Cook capitalized on two dropped gets by Australia captain Steve Smith en route to proceed with the wretchedness for the home side.

Smith, who dropped Cook on 66 in the slips on Wednesday, put down the previous England captain for the second time on 153 of every a sharp right-gave chance at square leg.

The vacationers lost seven wickets for 299 on the third day with skipper Joe Root again neglecting to change over 50 years into three figures when he finish edged a snare shot off Cummins to Lyon at profound square leg.

Root achieved his third 50 years of the arrangement yet was plainly enraged with himself when he holed out on 61 early in the day session.

Dawid Malan, a century-producer in the third Test in Perth, was out leg before wicket with Josh Hazlewood’s second conveyance of the second new ball for 14.

Malan deliberated with Cook before choosing not to audit, yet replays demonstrated a particular ‘Problem area’ scratch on his bat which would have kept him at the wrinkle in the event that he had tested the choice.

It takes after James Vince’s comparative expulsion on Wednesday to Hazlewood for 17, when he additionally did not look for an audit in spite of ‘Problem area’ demonstrating a blemish on his bat.

Britain lost two wickets in the center session with Jonny Bairstow got behind off Lyon for 22 and Moeen Ali lashing out for 20 off 14 balls.

It was the 6th time in seven innings in the arrangement that Moeen had been expelled by individual off-spinner Lyon.

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Chris Woakes gloved a Cummins bouncer to wicketkeeper Tim Paine for 26 soon after tea, and debutant Tom Curran was found behind off Hazlewood following a ‘Problem area’ audit.

Updated: December 29, 2017 — 3:22 pm

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