Hosts Australia captured the historic Ashes series. England suffered a humiliating defeat on the third day of the third test match played in Melbourne. In this way, this five-match series became 3-0 in the name of Kangaroos. A tribal player from Australia played a big role in trouncing the British by an innings and 14 runs after being all out for just 68 runs.
Debut at the age of 32
Fast bowler Scott Boland took six wickets for just seven runs in four overs. Interestingly, this was Boland’s debut match. Josh Hazlewood was injured just before Boxing Day, so he got this opportunity. He was constantly being included in the squad, but the team management did not keep him in the playing XI.
Only the fourth tribal cricketer to play a Test
Scott Boland is a native of Australia. Only the second tribal male cricketer to be included in the Test cricket team after Jason Gillespie. Overall, he has become the fourth player to do so. Among women cricketers, Thomas and Ashleigh Gardner are the only women cricketers to do so. Gardner still plays Tests for the women’s Australia team.
Would have made a debut 5 years ago
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is anyway the homeground of Scott Boland. The Victoria player has taken 96 wickets at an average of 25.56 in 27 first-class matches here. In the recently held Sheffield Shield, he took 15 wickets at an average of 10.80. Boland, who made his first-class debut in the 2011-12 season at the age of 22, was in excellent form in the 2016 season. Had luck been with him, he would have made his debut only then. But this could not happen.