The defeat on the MCG, caps a shambolic tour for Joe Root’s males.© AFP
Australia demolished England by an innings and 14 runs in the third Test in Melbourne on Tuesday to retain the Ashes. It caps a shambolic tour for Joe Root’s males, who had been additionally effectively overwhelmed within the Assessments in Brisbane and Adelaide. And it may but worsen, with two extra Assessments — in Sydney and Hobart — nonetheless to play.
AFP Sport appears to be like on the numbers behind England’s Ashes humiliation:
The vacationers’ defe at on the MCG was their ninth Check loss in 2021 — a joint document for a calendar 12 months together with Bangladesh in 2003. With the fourth Ashes Check beginning on January 5, England will probably be glad to see the again of 2021.
England’s poor batting has been central to their demise. Skipper Joe Root, together with Dawid Malan, has been a uncommon shiny spot. Root has 1,708 runs for the calendar 12 months, at a median of 61.00. However a distant second to him for England in 2021 is maligned opener Rory Burns (530 runs), then Jonny Bairstow (391).
Malan, Jack Leach, Mark Wooden and Ollie Robinson all went for 0 as England folded for a paltry 68 of their second innings in Melbourne. Cricket specialists Wisden mentioned that was a record-equalling 54 Check geese for England in 2021.
Led by veteran quick bowler Jimmy Anderson, England gave themselves an opportunity within the third Check, earlier than their batting once more allow them to down. Australia’s first-innings complete of 267 was the bottom to win a males’s Check by an innings this century, Wisden mentioned.
Bowler Scott Boland had a dream debut for Australia on house turf at Melbourne Cricket Floor, taking 5 wickets in simply 19 balls, the joint-fastest five-wicket haul in Check historical past. He completed with unbelievable figures of 6-7 off 4 overs to write down himself in Ashes folklore.
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