The Miserable visitors have something to smile about in this 4th Ashes Test at MCG.
Alastair Cook’s marathon innings was the only highlight of the Boxing Day test match at Melbourne Cricket Ground, this test match was ended in a draw.
On the eve of this Boxing Day test match, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first.
The Aussie Openers started off well, Warner batted like we all know him and Bancroft supported David Warner well.
The aggressiveness of Warner and calmness of Bancroft allowed Australia to put a century stand in their 1st innings. This was just a second hundred run opening between these two in this Ashes Test series.
England got the well deserved breakthrough in form of Bancroft, Chris Woakes caught him plumb in front for 26 runs.
But none of them could stop Dangerous Warner; he was hitting the balls with ease. He smashed his first hundred of this series. But he couldn’t go a long way. He departed after scoring entertaining 103 runs. Jimmy Anderson was the one who picked up his wicket.
Usman Khawaja was the third one to go for just 17 runs. He was the victim of Board.
Then skipper Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh look to rebuild the innings with a gusty partnership. They put on the 100 run stand just like they did in first Test match at Brisbane.
But the Debutant Tom Curran clean bowled Steve Smith for 76 runs, which was the end of this partnership.
After that Shaun Marsh too couldn’t get along nicely, he too departed early after Smith’s fall. Marsh scored 61 runs.
The lower batting order who batted so well in the first 3 test matches couldn’t repeat the same. Mitchell Marsh did do what he did in Perth. He fell for 9 runs.
Time Paine could score only 24 runs and the bowlers didn’t do the job. Pat Cummins, Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon were out cheaply.
Australia was all out for 327 runs in their 1st innings.
England bowlers did well, for the first time their senior pros bowled well in tandem. Stuart Board was the pick of the bowlers for England. He picked 4 wickets for 51 runs.
His partner James Anderson also came good on this day, he took 3 wickets with Chris Woakes took 2 and debutant Tom Curran took 1 wicket each.
England didn’t had a mountain to climb but they needed their batsmen to step up in this game.
That’s what England’s former Skipper Alastair Cook did for them.
Cook held the England innings together, while the others batted around him.
They needed Mark Stoneman to step up but he didn’t respond like his senior partner cook. He was the first one to go for 15 runs.
James Vince shared a small partnership but he couldn’t go the long way. He was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood.
Then skipper Joe Root and Cook shared a match turning partnership. Their 138 saw England through to the day without any further damage.
Next day Joe Root was the first one to go. He departed after scoring 61 runs.
Wickets kept falling at the other end but that didn’t affect Cook. He was going on strong.
The middle order of the England team had starts but no one converted them into the big scorers.
Dawid Mallan scored 14, Jonny Bairstow scored 22, Moeen Ali again disappoints after scoring 20 and Chris Woakes scored 26 runs.
These batsmen had an opportunity to score big tons but they didn’t use this chance.
At last Cook got the support that he needed he and Stuart Board shared a partnership to get the innings right on track.
The duo shared a 100 run partnership which is the second highest ninth wicket partnership at MCG. Board scored a brilliant 56 runs, this also a highest score by England’s number ten batsman.
England ended their massive innings on 491 runs, they were 164 runs ahead of the Australian total.
This score of 491 was highly possible because of Alastair Cook’s marathon innings of 244 not out.
Cook broke many records while he was scoring these runs. Cook’s 244 not out is the highest score by a batsmen who batted through the innings. This score is also the fourth highest by an opener in Australia.
This was Cook’s fifth double ton, only Virender Sehwag and Marvan Atapattu have more 200s than Cook.
244 not out is also the highest score at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Cook batted for 632 minutes in this test match, this is the second most by any player in Australia and against Australia.
After Sunil Gavaskar, Cook is the only player to score tons in 5 major test venues of Australia. Cook and Gavaskar have scored tons in MCG, SCG, WACA, Adelaide and Gabba.
The rain saved Australia on day 4, but on the last day David Warner came good again. He scored 86 runs.
Steve Smith Smith smashed is 23rd test ton to ensure that the Aussies save this test match at MCG.
The 4th Boxing Day test Match ended in a Draw.
Australia leads the 5 match series 3-0.
Player of the match was awarded to Alastair Cook for his innings of unbeaten 244 runs.