Jonathan Trott’s calculating century ensured England stayed in the series with a 21-run victory that upset Australia’s national holiday in Adelaide. The tourists began the game needing to win and the scenario won’t change when they head to Brisbane for Sunday’s fifth ODI, but they have been boosted by an end to four consecutive limited-overs losses.
Trott’s perfectly timed 102 off 126 balls stood tall on a day that was meant to be a celebration of all things Australia, but the home supporters left unhappy as the series score-line in the seven-game contest settled at 3-1. Trott, bowling his steady medium pace, even managed the valuable breakthroughs of Cameron White (44) and David Hussey (28) to end the pair’s rescue act.
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It’s a batting display unmatched by an Englishman in the Ashes for more than 80 years.
Alastair Cook, the supposed bunny of England’s Test top order, notched his third ton of this summer at the SCG on Sunday when he made 189 as the tourists all but wrapped up a series victory over the hapless Australians.
Cook now has a mammoth 766 runs in this series at an average of 127.66, a tally only bettered by an Englishman in the Ashes when legend Wally Hammond cracked 905 runs in the summer of 1928-29.
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“Very proud. Any time you score a big hundred for England is a big moment,” the 26-year-old England vice-captain said.
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Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland is confident the MCG will host a world-record crowd of 91,000 for Sunday’s opening day’s play of the fourth Ashes Test.
The record of 90,800 was set at the same venue in February 1961 during the fifth Test against the West Indies.
Four years ago the record almost fell despite cold conditions as 89,155 fans attended the opening day of the Melbourne Test despite Australia already holding a 3-0 advantage.
This time, it’s locked at 1-1 with Sutherland admitting he had some nervous moments following Australia’s mixed performances in the first two matches, a draw in Brisbane and an innings defeat in Adelaide.
“The cricket gods are smiling on us all,” Sutherland told a press conference in Melbourne today.
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Thanks, Jimmy Anderson. You might just have given Australia the spark they needed to win back the Ashes.
The Perth Test was the most fiery performance I’ve seen from an Australian side since the controversial Sydney Test against India in 2008. It was after that match that the players – myself included – were given an unofficial warning from Cricket Australia about our aggressive attitude during several on-field exchanges, and the spirit of cricket issue was debated at length.
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