After a solid marathon knock from Cook, Kangaroos performed well to reduce the English lead. David Warner(40) and captain Steven Smith(25) were on the crease after the umpires abandoned the play for the day due to rain.
Australia have ended day 4 on 103/2 but still trail by 61. Alastair Cook’s 244 not out, helped England reach 491 and take a strong first innings lead of 164 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Cook scored his fifth double hundred, which was also his third highest score, in 151 Tests with a best of 294 coming against India in Birmingham in 2011.
England will be hoping to take some quick wickets in order to attain their first win of Ashes 2017. For this, they have to bowl brilliantly on the last day of the boxing-day test match and bowl out the hosts for a low score.
The hosts would be eager to move forward in the direction of a clean sweep against the visitors as they led the series by 3-0. They have to set a good total and bowl out the visitors within that total. But it will be difficult to cross the Warner-Smith wall standing in front of them.
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