Melbourne. Australia have taken the lead in the series after winning three Tests in the Ashes against England and Australia. The first Test was played at the Gabba in Brisbane, where Australia won by nine wickets. The second Test was played at the Oval in Adelaide, which was won by the team by 275 runs. At the same time, the third Test was played here in Melbourne, where the Kangaroos registered a resounding victory thanks to the Australian bowlers on the third day and took the series 3-0.
In the third Test, fast bowler Scott Boland, who took six wickets against England, was named Man of the Match. Boland made his debut in this test match. Starting from day one, in the third Test here, Australian captain Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to bowl. The England team, who came out to bat under the leadership of Joe Root, scored 185 runs in 65.1 overs for the loss of ten wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here. In which Australian team captain and bowler Pat Cummins took three wickets for 36 runs in 15 overs while dismissing the first three batsmen of the England team with his aggressive bowling. He dismissed openers Haseeb Hamid (0), Jack Crowley (12) and David Malan (14). At the same time, bowler Mitchell Starc also took two wickets in his name by dismissing England captain Joe Root (50) and Jonny Bairstow (35). Bowler Nathan Lyon sent Jos Buttler, Ollie Robinson and Jack Leach back to the pavilion. He took three wickets for 36 runs in 14.1 overs.
Coming to bat in reply, Australia’s team scored 267 runs in 87.5 overs on the second day for the loss of ten wickets. England fast bowler James Anderson took four wickets by putting the batsmen in trouble with his bowling. The Australian batsmen gave an 82-run lead to the England team. In which bowler Anderson took the wickets of batsman Marks Harris (76), Steve Smith (16), David Warner (38) and captain Pat Cummins (21). Ollie Robinson took the wickets of Nathan Lyon (10) and Travis Head (27). At the same time, bowler Mark Wood also took two wickets for 71 runs in 20 overs.
In reply, England’s team was reduced to 27.4 overs, in which they scored 68 runs for the loss of ten wickets. Australian bowler Boland, who came to debut in the Test, bowled brilliantly, taking six wickets for seven runs in four overs. At the same time, bowler Starc also took three wickets in ten overs. Due to which England lost the five-day series and Australia took a 3-0 lead in the series.
England: 185/10 in 65.1 overs; Joe Root (50 out); Pat Cummins (3/36), Nathan Lyon (3/36).
Australia: 267/10 in 87.5 overs; Marks Harris (76 out); James Anderson (4/33). Gave England a lead of 82 runs.
England: 68/10 in 27.4 overs; Joe Root (28 out); Scott Boland (6/7), Mitchell Starc (3/29). Australia won by 14 runs. (IANS)
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