Alistair Cook Guided England To A Strong Lead With Record Double Century
England, on the basis of an not out and record double century of Alastair Cook (244 not out), on the third day of the fourth Test against Australia, lost nine wickets to Stumps on Thursday, and scored a record 491 runs. In the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia scored 337 runs in the first innings. Cook piled on the pitch. James Anderson is not out with them. Cook, along with Anderson, till the end of the game scored 18 runs without losing any wicket, and the team reached the score of 491. Apart from the many records that have been made, this double century of Alastair Cook is the highest score of any batsman on the grounds of Melbourne.
At the start of the day England lost two wickets and started playing at 192 runs ahead. At that time the team was only 135 runs behind Australia. In the first session, England captain Joe Root completed his fifty runs. England’s wickets continued to fall in the middle, but failed to return to Australia’s match.
With Cook former South African captain Graeme Smith while India’s Virender Sehwag and Sri Lanka’s Marvan Atapattu are in the first place. During his innings, Cook also crossed the highest score of any guest team player on the MCG. West Indies’ Viv Richards then made 208 runs.
England Innings In Second Session
Cook crossed the 150 mark in the second session while the wickets continued to fall from the other end and England’s score was reduced to 360 runs at the loss of six wickets and that was 33 runs ahead of Australia. At tea, Cook was on the crease at the score of 173 runs and Chris Woakes scored 26 runs.
After lunch, the Bairstow could not save much of their wickets and after catching Tim Paine off Nathan Lyon, the pavilion returned to a personal score of 22. After that Moin Ali made a quick run but only after making 20 runs they were caught by Shaun Marsh at the Lyon ball.
Afterwards, with Chris Woakes, Cook overcame the innings of England and crossed the 150 mark. Together they also crossed the highest score of an English opener on the MCG. Cook has reached number two in the batsmen who crossed the 150 mark in most of Australia. So far, W. Hammonds has done four times, after which Cook with J Hobbs, Brian Lara, and Sachin Tendulkar has done this three times.
England Innings In First Session
Captain Joe Root was playing at 49. In the first over of the day, Root completed his 35th career half century. Root, however, could not lift his innings long, and once again on the personal score of 61, he was bowled out by Pat Cummings. Root has become a victim of Pat Cummings in every match in this Ashes series. This is the second time that Nathan Lyon has been caught by the ball.
Root has scored 42 times more than 50 runs from January 2016, out of which only nine times they can convert it to a three-digit score. After them, India captain Virat Kohli has 41 times scored 50 runs, but 18 times he has turned into more than 100 innings. To lunch, England had only lost two more wickets and were supporting them, Janny Bairstow, who was playing with 16 runs. Even before the captain Joe Root, David Malan became the victim of Josh Hazlewood by scoring 14 runs.
Chris Broad Also Made Amazing Record
Chris Broad, with a 56-run knock, scored the highest number of 10th English batsmen in Australia. England lost Chris Woakes (26), Tom Kuran (4) and Stuart Broad (56) in the third session. The England team has scored 491 runs at this time, while still one wicket is left to fall. The total of England’s lead is 164 runs at this time. James Anderson is currently giving Cook, who could not open the account even after facing 15 balls but managed to save his wicket. Cook’s score is 244 runs at this time and he is not out.
Most Runs In Test Cricket
- 15921 Sachin Tendulkar
- 13378 Ricky Ponting
- 13289 Jacques Kallis
- 13288 Rahul Dravid
- 12400 Kumar Sangakkara
Australia vs England Score Card
ENG 491/9 (144.0 Overs)
Day 3: Stumps – England lead by 164 runs
James Anderson 0 Run 15 Ball
Alastair Cook 244 Run 409 Ball