Ashes 2017 LIVE: Australia vs England – Fourth Test, Day 3

  • England go into day three in the ascendancy after a brilliant day two at the MCG
  • The tourists continue their first innings at 192-2 and 135 runs behind Australia 
  • Alastair Cook (104*) and Joe Root (49*) put on a brilliant unbeaten stand of 112  

England will be looking to build upon an impressive second day and reclaim some of the pride that was lost along with the Ashes when they crashed to a third thumping defeat in three Tests in Perth.

Alastair Cook broke out of his recent form slump in dramatic fashion on Wednesday when he posted his first century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, reaching the milestone in the final over before stumps as England enjoyed their best day of the Ashes series against Australia.

After surrendering the old urn by losing the first three Tests of the five-match series, England finally turned the tables on the Australians, demolishing their batting line-up then making a strong reply with the bat on the second day of the fourth Test.

Cook, who had struggled badly in the first three Tests, prompting speculation about his future in the team, was at his imperious best. He registered the 32nd Test hundred of his distinguished career to help England reach 192-2 at the close of play in reply to Australia’s 327, still 135 in arrears but with momentum on their side.

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