Australia Vs England Live Score (TEST)
Date: Friday, 29 December, 2017 12:12 IST Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Match Status: Match Ended
Australia drew with England
Australia 263/4 (124.2 ov) R/R 2.12 | Match Ended
- Steven Smith 52,
- Mitchell Marsh 29
this over :
|Steven Smith (C)||not out||102||275||6||0|
|Mitchell Marsh||not out||29||166||3||0|
- That brings us to the close of the MCG Test. It promised a lot and it seemed like England have a good chance of winning the game but the hosts showed great temperament and composure to salvage a draw. The hosts have avoided a clean sweep and will be aiming to come out all guns blazing in the final Test in Sydney. Expect Australia to give it their all as well. Join us for the final Test on 4th January at 1030 local (2230 GMT, previous day) to catch all the action. Let's hope 2018 begins with a bang. Wish you all a happy new year in advance. Till then, cheers!
- Australia skipper and Man of the Match, Steven Smith says that it is good to get a draw. Adds that Mitchell Marsh did a good job and bailed his side out of trouble. Mentions that it was a pretty slow wicket and it was tough to get batsmen out. Adds that reverse swing did come into play but it was a nice wicket to bat on. States that Cook played a brilliant knock. Adds that he played well down the ground and was also good with his cuts and pulls. Appreciates him for the double ton. Informs that Starc remains uncertain for the final Test in Sydney. Ends by saying that he is really looking forward to the final Test at his home ground.
- England skipper, Joe Root starts by saying that they had a great chance to win the match at lunch today. Credits Steven Smith for his outstanding innings. Adds his counterpart is in great form and it is very difficult to get him out. Informs the pitch had nothing on it which only made the task all the more difficult for their bowlers. Reckons they exhausted every option and tried whatever they could to win. Appreciates the support that they got from the Barmy Army throughout the course of the game and calls them as the best fans in the world. Is proud of his boys as it wasn't easy for them to come into this game with 0-3 down but the way his team played, he hopes that they can put up a similar show in the next match.
- Man of the Match, Alastair Cook is happy with the double ton but feels if they could have pushed for a win, it would have pleased him even more. States it's been a tough tour for him and is happy to get a big one here. Opines it was a good wicket to bat on and had hardly anything for the bowlers. Hopes that they go well in Sydney too.
- The home side was under pressure to deliver. They lost two quick wickets fairly early but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The two best Australian batsmen, Warner and Smith combined together. The rain came down pelting in the afternoon session, proving to be a blessing in disguise. One and a half sessions got washed out and with that, England's chances of forcing a win diminished. The visitors failed to get early wickets in the morning and the home side gradually moved into the lead. Two quick wickets before lunch did give the Englishmen a glimmer of hope but Smith and Mitchell Marsh came out on top to close the game on even terms. It was the MCG pitch which won the battle in the end. Stay with us as the presentation is coming up...
- England responded well with the best. The two most experienced campaigners, Cook and Root came to the fore for them. It was the ex-English skipper who was in the thick of things. He mixed caution with aggression and scored a majestic double ton. Cummins, Hazlewood and Lyon bowled their heart out, got rewards as well but Cook's 100-run 9th wicket stand with Stuart Broad deflated the morale of the opposition, thereby earning the tourists a 164-run lead.
- Earlier, after Australia won the toss and opted to bat, the opening pair of David Warner game them an ideal foundation. The latter carried on to score a breezy ton courtesy some lady luck (when he got dropped on 99) by the debutant, Tom Curran. Credit to Smith as he batted with a sore bottom hand and scored a terrific ton. There was a collapse in the later half of the innings which meant that they finished with a below-par total on a placid surface.
- The Australian skipper has once again responded under pressure, an uncharacteristic knock from him but just shows the versatility of this man. Putting the team above himself came to the fore again and he bailed his side out of shallow waters. It was Warner who gave him really good support to carry on the blockathon love saga but he faultered against the part-time spin of Root and threw his wicket away. In that stage, the English bowlers had their tail up and ran in with intent, especially Anderson and Broad. Shaun Marsh departed in quick succession as well but the Aussie skipper was cool as a cucumber. He combined with Mitchell Marsh to defy the Englishmen and did that with a lot of authority.
- That's it! Steven Smith has decided that it is enough. The opposition skipper agrees as well and there are customary handshakes all around. It proved to be a tame DRAW in the end but there were some action-packed highlights in this match. Cook's double ton stands out but Smith's ton to save the game for his side also is worth in gold. The English players are facing towards the Barmy Army and appreciating their unconditional support.
- 124.2 Sits deep in the crease and works it to the leg side.
- 124.1 Tossed up delivery, Marsh comes forward and blocks it.
- 123.6 Tossed up delivery, Smith lunges forward in defense. 263/4
- 123.5 Fuller in length, Smith's blocks it yet again.
- 123.4 A loud shout for an LBW denied! Fullish around leg stump, Smith tries to flick it but is pinged on the pads. Root's shout is not paid any heed to.
- 123.3 Plays this one with the spin to mid-wicket.