Australia thrash England to retain Ashes

Australia thrash England to retain Ashes


Scott Boland celebrates dismissing Jonny Bairstow
Australia’s Scott Boland (left) finished with figures of 6-7 as England crumbled in Melbourne
Third Ashes Test, Melbourne (day three of five)
England 185 Root 50; Cummins 3-36, Lyon 3-36 & 68 Boland 6-7, Starc 3-29
Australia 267 Harris 76, Warner 38; Anderson 4-33
Australia win by an innings and 14 runs; lead series 3-0

England surrendered the Ashes on the morning of the third day of the third Test as Australia crushed them by an innings and 14 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

Resuming on 31-4, England were meekly dismissed for just 68 inside 81 minutes, with debutant Scott Boland taking an astonishing 6-7.

Their final four wickets fell in the space of 16 balls as England offered the weakest of resistance in front of a jubilant home crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The result means Australia have retained the Ashes after just 12 days of cricket and will be eyeing a 5-0 series win.

The fourth Test will begin in Sydney on 4 January.

More to follow.


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