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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Injured Australian opener Simon Katich has revealed he is set to make a shock return in time for the fifth Ashes Test, increasing the pressure on Phillip Hughes to find form in the Boxing Day shoot-out in Melbourne.
Katich damaged his achilles tendon during the second Test loss in Adelaide and was initially expected to miss the rest of the summer.
But the veteran left-hander told Sportal on Tuesday that his comeback plans are ahead of schedule and he may be right for the Sydney Test, starting January 3.
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Tim Bresnan is strongly expected to play in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG as England plan how best to respond to their 267-run defeat at the Waca.
Bresnan’s all-round reliability has become increasingly attractive to England with Steve Finn beginning to show the effects of an exhausting debut season and Jimmy Anderson under treatment for a stiff side.
Finn is England’s leading wicket-taker in the Ashes with 14 victims but he disappeared for more than five an over in Perth and England are determined to impose themselves on a slower pitch at the MCG, the sort of methodical approach that brought them victory in the second Test in Adelaide.
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