In the third Test, a tenacious Australia, led by rookie Scott Boland, skittled England for 68 runs to win the third. Test by an innings and 14 runs and retain the Ashes with two matches remaining. After a catastrophic final hour on Monday against some exceptional fast bowling that left their. Ashes aspirations in shreds, the tourists started in Melbourne on 31 for four, still 51 runs behind. Their last hope of surviving was skipper. Joe Root, but when he was bowled for. 28, it was only a matter of time before the rest of the team followed suit.
Boland, who was called up as injury cover, was unstoppable at the. MCG, taking 6-7 off four overs and setting a new record for the fastest five-wicket haul in. 19 deliveries.
As England’s woes came to an end, Mitchell Starc finished with 3-29.
“It’s completely absurd. It’s been an incredible few weeks, with everything falling into place and working out perfectly “Pat Cummins, Australia’s skipper, said as much.
“I’m happy for Scott Boland. We’ve been tireless in our efforts.”
Ben Stokes returned to the crease on two, but his dismal tour continued as he was clean bowled for 11 by Starc. Jonny Bairstow hit five, and after Root was gone, it was game over, with the tailenders following suit.
“It’s just the way it is. We’ve been coping with this type of climate for quite some time now “Root, disheartened, stated.
“Australia deserves credit for blowing us away. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, and we’ll need to be at our best in the next two games.”
After four members of the England team — two support personnel and two family members — tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, the game’s fate was in doubt.
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