England is on course to achieve one of its greatest triumphs in Australia by inflicting an unprecedented humiliation.
Never before in almost 134 years of Test cricket has Australia lost three Tests in a series by an innings.
Only a prolonged repeat of yesterday evening’s monsoonal downpour can prevent England from achieving another emphatic victory in the fifth and final Test at the SCG to take the series 3-1.
Australia will resume today on 7-213, still needing 151 simply to make England bat again.
It will be England’s first series success in this country for 24 years.
Shane Watson, who was run-out in a dreadful mix-up with Phil Hughes for 38, conceded the depth of Australia’s despair.
“There’s no doubt with the performances we have shown over the last little while that we have to turn it around and it does come down to the players alone to turn it around,” Watson said.
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Michael Clarke has defended Phillip Hughes against Ian Botham’s accusation of cheating and also cleared Ian Bell for not walking to a ball he was later shown to edge. Hughes was unsure whether he caught Alastair Cook at short leg, momentarily celebrating the dismissal before asking whether it had carried.
Cook, who was on 99, stood his ground and stayed when the replays showed the ball bouncing in front of Hughes. Botham was quick to criticise Hughes while commentating on Sky Sports. “Terrible,” he said. “Cheating. How much do you want it to bounce into your hands? He knows he hasn’t caught it.”
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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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Alastair Cook made 189 for an aggregate of 766 series runs and Ian Bell (115) hit his first Ashes ton as England ran riot on day three of the final Test.
With Australia needing to win to avoid losing the series, their hopes looked bleak as the tourists reached 488-7.
That gave England a lead of 208 at stumps and represented a fine day’s work from a morning start of 167-3.
The only blemish was the latest in a long line of failures for Paul Collingwood, who was out for 13.
The 34-year-old has an average of 15.54 in his last 10 Test matches and may not get a chance to remedy it in the second innings.
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