Ashes in a nutshell: England’s dreadful tour plummets to new depths with latest batting collapse | Cricket News

A fiftieth duck of the year, another crash in batting and regaining the Ashes who seem nothing more than fantasy: things went even worse for England at the MCG; Australian striker Scott Boland strikes on his test debut as the home team still dominates

Last updated: 26/12/21 9:31


Joe Root was furious with himself after catching Mitchell Starc behind for 50

When you think it can’t get any worse for England, it does. All out for 185 in Melbourne as the Ashes keep running away. Here are the notables of another sad day for tourists …

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THE KEY NOTES

– England scored 185 points on the first day of the third Ashes Test not to be missed at the MCG

– Joe Root scores the best score with 50 but no other hitter passes 35

– Haseeb Hameed bags the second duck in a row

– Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon share six wickets

– Scott Boland takes the wicket on Australia Test debut

– Australia closes at 61-1, beating England by just 124

– Hosts 2-0 in the series and will keep Ashes if he avoids defeat

Pat Cummins returned to the side of Australia after Covid isolation and collected three wickets in the first session

Pat Cummins returned to the side of Australia after Covid isolation and collected three wickets in the first session

POINT OF SPEECH

The serve (again) which was below par (again) as England failed to post a substantial score (again). It is now 12 times in 2021 that Joe Root’s team have scored less than 200, with the highest score in the first inning in this Ashes series, the paltry 236 they have placed on the scoreboard in Adelaide.

Root was the beacon for England this year and after his half-century in Melbourne, he has now reached 1,680 test runs for 2021, but was one of the culprits on Boxing Day, throwing away his wicket by fishing. off the hook against Mitchell Starc after doing the hard work.

The same goes for two older men, Ben Stokes (25) and Jos Buttler (3), who fell cheaply to Cameron Green and Nathan Lyon respectively. Buttler’s dismissal, taken deep inside after charging against Lyon at half-time before tea, was particularly irritating considering the value he placed on his wicket in Adelaide a few days ago, when his epic rear guard made fans dream. a draw that, alas, was not being.

This series has been a real struggle for Haseeb Hameed and the now abandoned Rory Burns and Ollie Pope, so England needs its established players to be ruthless.

Root, for all of his runs in 2021, was not ruthless in this series with Sunday’s layoff meaning he failed to convert three fifties into something more meaningful, harking back to a problem he encountered a few years ago.

This will frustrate him, with the skipper confident he can “knock out” a hundred when he spoke to the media ahead of the MCG test, and so will the fact that England are not learning from their mistakes. Sweet sack after sweet sack is costing tourists and tightening Australia’s grip on the ballot box.

Haseeb Hameed won England's 50th test duck of 2021 and his second in as many innings

Haseeb Hameed won England’s 50th test duck of 2021 and his second in as many innings

STATE OF THE DAY

Hameed’s duck was the 50th England suffered in Test cricket in 2021. Now they are only four times short of reaching the record of 54 they achieved in 1998.

MOMENT OF THE DAY

It must be Scott Boland’s first test wicket.

At 32, the striker was probably wondering if he would ever add a red ball look to his country to the 17 white ball games he managed in 2016.

But Josh Hazlewood’s continued absence (side) and grief over stitching mates Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser gave Boland an Ashes chance on his home turf and 12 overs in his debut won the jackpot – or the pad by Mark Wood, to be precise.

Scott Boland, fourth indigenous Australian to play Test Cricket, sacked Mark Wood on debut

Scott Boland, fourth indigenous Australian to play Test Cricket, sacked Mark Wood on debut

Boland had to wait, first when referee Paul Reiffel took his time by raising his finger and then as Wood reviewed the lbw decision, but ultimately the seamer made his man with third referee Rod Tucker decide the ball, which was destined for a career in the middle strain, had hit pad before bat.

Joy for Boland the day he became only the fourth indigenous Australian cricketer, after Jason Gillespie, Faith Thomas and Ashleigh Gardner. The paceman’s burly wicket delights his teammates – and not just those on the pitch.

THE TWEETS OF THE DAY

WHAT THEY SAY

Steve Harmison, speaking with BT Sport: “Australia put the ball in the right areas and asked England if they could handle it, but the answer was no. Senior players like Joe Root and Jos Buttler just had a brain breakdown.”

England batsman Jonny Bairstow: “We have to get a little stronger and tougher with our layoffs. That’s just being honest with ourselves.”

Australian stapler Mitchell Starc, speaking with BT Sport: “There was probably no airspeed, but I thought he would still play very well, a fuller fraction of England. Overall, 185 all out is a really good day for us.”

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