Boxing Day Bashing: Australia Retains Ashes

Ananya Krishna | Content Writer

On the 28th of December, the Australian cricket team won the Ashes Series at the third test match of the series at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG) by an innings and 14 runs. Starting on Boxing Day, England’s first innings ended with 185 runs in the 66th over and English captain, Joe Root, scoring a half century. However, Australia reached a score of 1/61 by the end of the day and therefore made their final score of 267 runs on the 27th of December unsurprising.

It was the brilliance of Scott Boland, for whom this was his test debut, in England’s 2nd Innings that quashed any hope of England winning the series this year by achieving a 6/7 in just 4 overs. He was awarded the Mullagh Medal, which is given to the Player of the Match for the Boxing Day Test named after Johnny Mullagh, the leading player of the 1868 Aboriginal tour of England. Additionally, Mitchell Starc was also instrumental in Australia’s win with his 3 wickets in 10 overs as well as Cameron Green who ended the match by bowling out Anderson. Australian Captain, Pat Cummins, stated in the post-match presentation that Australia was aiming for a 5-0 series win.

It was a slightly embarrassing match for England with Leach, Wood, and Robinson dismissed for a duck whilst Malan with a golden duck – a very stark contrast to his 162-run partnership with Root in the first test match. Root didn’t achieve his first inning’s half century and instead scored 28 runs before being caught out by David Warner. Root’s batting did carry the team in their first innings and was responsible for over a third of their final score. The second highest score in the second innings after Root was Stokes with 11 runs. The overall score of 68 runs is England’s lowest score since 1904. All three matches have shown England’s current weakness with batting and, despite making four changes to the team ahead of the Boxing Day match, have continued to haunt them.

Despite this, England saw some excellent playing in Australia’s 1st innings with Anderson’s score of 4/10 in 23 overs. Additionally, Robinson and Wood managed 2 wickets each with Wood also playing the final wicket which caught Boland out. In theory, there is still hope for England with two test matches left, they could turn this around with a final series score of 3-2. We’ll just have to see if they can turn this batting disaster around.

The fourth test match of the Ashes series will be held between the 5th and 9th of January at Sydney’s Cricket Ground. The fifth and final test match will be held between the 14th and 18th of January at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval.

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