4th Test: England retains the Ashes after thrashing Australia in Boxing Day Test

Posted: December 29, 2010 in Ashes 2010/2011, Boxing Day, MCG, Test
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Melbourne: England won the 4th test of the ‘Ashes 2010/2011’ against Australia by an innings & 157 runs. The batting & bowling line-up of Australia again collapsed.


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The toss is the main factor behind the victory of England. The pitch of the MCG provided a great support to the bowlers & batsmen. People all around the world enjoyed this test & want more tests like this one. Let’s have a brief view of the ‘Boxing Day Test’.



Day 1:

On the very first day, English captain Andrew Strauss won the toss & elected to field. The decision of the English captain proved right when the top three batsmen of the Australian team got out in the first 15 overs of the game. Even the Aussies captain Ricky Ponting failed to resist in front of English seamers.

The complete Australian team got out in just 42.5 overs & scored a trash of 98 runs. English fast bowlers were the shining stars. Anderson & Tremlett took 4 – 4 wickets while Bresnen took 2 wickets.

The openers of England Cricket Team, Strauss & Cook played an intelligent innings till the end of the day & scored 157 runs without any loss. The English fans were pretty happy with this performance.



2nd Day:

On the 2nd day, Strauss & Cook got out before the drink of the 1st session & scored 69 & 82 runs respectively. Both wickets were taken by the Australian seamer Siddle.

In the 84th over, Harris bowled a beautiful ball to Pietersen & it missed the bat. The Haddin appealed for a nick but Pietersen was given not-out by Pakistani Umpire Aleem Dar. Australian captain Ricky Ponting asked for a review. The Hot Spot showed nothing & in the end the decision remained the same. On this, Ricky Ponting got furious & argued with the umpire Aleem Dar. Dar explained Ponting that the ball missed the bat but Ponting refused to agree with him.

In the 100th over, Johnson bowled a beautiful ball on which Prior got a thick edge & was caught by Haddin. Prior was given out but suddenly Aleem Dar asked him to wait for a minute because he thought it could be a no ball. He asked the 3rd umpire for finding about the delivery, whether  it is a legal or illegal delivery. In the end it was an illegal delivery & Prior was given out. It was a devastating moment for Australia.



At the end of the day, the score of England was 444 & their 5 wickets were down. Australians were not looking good because of having bad day. Ponting was fined 40% of the match fee because of the incident occurred with Aleem Dar.



3rd Day:

On the 3rd day, the complete English team was bowled out at the 513. Trott remained not-out with a score of 168 runs. The Australians were trail by 415 runs & 2 complete days were left behind.

This time the start of the Australian innings was good, the first wicket went down on the score of 53 & the second on 99. After it the remaining stories of Australian building started collapsing so fast that it was looking impossible to stop.

At the end of the day, 6 wickets of Australia were down & only Haddin was the professorial batsman on the crease. The score was 169 & still 246 runs were behind.



4th Day:

On the 4th day, English players were looking very happy because they knew that the match will over today with their victory.

Australia again started their innings but the wickets kept falling down after short intervals. In the play of just 20 overs, the remaining batsmen of Australian team were bowled out by English bowlers. Harris didn’t play because of injury & Haddin remained not-out with a top score of 55.



Celebrations by Champions:

This was the time for the celebration of England, its fans & Barmy Army. The headline running on every channel was “England won the MCG Test by an innings & 157 runs”. English Cricket Team also performed ‘Sprinkler Dance’ at their victory. English fans were delighted by the performance of their team. In short, a brilliant performance by England Cricket Team in every field.



Australian Cricket Team loses the match because of its own faults:

  • Poor Captaincy.
  • Poor Attitude.
  • Poor Batting/Bowling/Fielding.
  • Poor Selection.

Hope Australia will figure out the problems & will draw the series. English eyes are now on the ‘series win’ as they have retained the ‘Ashes’.



Best Umpire:

In the end, Hats off for ICC’s ‘Umpire of the Year 2009/2010’ Mr. Aleem Dar, he proved “Humans are significant than Machines”.



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