2017/2018 Ashes Series: 4th Test

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  1. rhugh89

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    Australia vs England

    Dates: 26/12/2017 - 30/12/2017
    Venue: MCG, Melbourne
    Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena and Sundaram Ravi
    3rd Umpire: Paul Wilson
    Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
    Toss: Australia won the toss and elected to Bat
    Series: Australia lead 3-0

    Australia Squad

    Steve Smith (c)
    David Warner (vc)
    Cameron Bancroft
    Usman Khawaja
    Peter Handscomb
    Mitch Marsh
    Shaun Marsh
    Tim Paine (wk)
    Mitchell Starc
    Pat Cummins
    Nathan Lyon
    Josh Hazlewood
    Jackson Bird

    England Squad

    Joe Root (c)
    Moeen Ali
    James Anderson
    Jonny Bairstow (wk)
    Jake Ball
    Gary Ballance
    Stuart Broad
    Alastair Cook
    Mason Crane
    Ben Foakes
    Dawid Malan
    Craig Overton
    Ben Stokes
    Mark Stoneman
    James Vince
    Chris Woakes

    ICC Test Rankings (Teams)


    1. India
    2. South Africa
    3. England
    4. New Zealand
    5. Australia
    6. Sri Lanka
    7. Pakistan
    8. West Indies
    9. Bangladesh
    10. Zimbabwe

    ICC Test Rankings (Batsmen)

    1. Steve Smith (AUS)
    2. Virat Kohli (IND)
    3. Cheteshwar Pujara (IND)
    4. Kane Williamson (NZ)
    5. Joe Root (ENG)
    6. David Warner (AUS)
    7. Hashim Amla (SAF)
    8. Azhar Ali (PAK)
    9. Dinesh Chandimal (SL)
    10. Ross Taylor (NZ)

    ICC Test Rankings (Bowlers)

    1. James Anderson (ENG)
    2. Kagiso Rabada (SAF)
    3. Ravindra Jadeja (IND)
    4. Ravi Ashwin (IND)
    5. Josh Hazlewood (AUS)
    6. Rangana Herath (SL)
    7. Neil Wagner (NZ)
    8. Mitchell Starc (AUS)
    9. Nathan Lyon (AUS)
    10. Dale Steyn (SAF)

    ICC Test Rankings (All-Rounders)

    1. Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)
    2. Ravindra Jadeja (IND)
    3. Ben Stokes (ENG)
    4. Ravi Ashwin (IND)
    5. Moeen Ali (ENG)
    6. Vernon Philander (SAF)
    7. Mitchell Starc (AUS)
    8. Rangana Herath (SL)
    9. Jason Holder (WI)
    10. Dilruwan Perera (SL)


    ** Rankings correct as of 20/12/2017 and are subject to change**
     
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    It's a fair assumption that England will drop down from 3rd in Test rankings after the New Years test, as will Joe Root if he doesn't get some runs quickly.
    Stokes is also looking shaky at #3 as an all-rounder, has been pretty average this series.
     
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    Stokes not playing, didn't arrive with squad as awaiting results of charges so stood down
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    They have a hide even bringing him into the country. Any port in a storm I guess and that 0-5 does not look inviting.
     
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    The rankings were updated last night so I have updated the first post

    The big news is Steve Smith has equaled Len Hutton with the second highest ranking points ever (945) and is closing in on Bradman (961)

    Other news related to the ashes included:

    - Joe Root dropping from 3rd to 5th in the batsman rankings
    - Dawid Malan jumping up from 99th to 52nd in the batsman rankings
    - Mitch Marsh going from 109th to 65th in the batsman rankings
    - Usman Khawaja is back in the top 20, He is ranked 19th
    - Lyon, Starc and Hazlewood all in the top 10 with Cummins up to a career best 39th
    - Stuart Broad down to 15th in the bowlers rankings after spending most of his career in the top 10 and even at number 1 for a period


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    https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/569571
     
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    Australia won the toss and are batting

    Just 1 change for each team with Bird replacing Starc and Curran replacing Overton

    Australia XI


    David Warner
    Cameron Bancroft
    Usman Khawaja
    Steve Smith (c)
    Shaun Marsh
    Mitch Marsh
    Tim Paine (wk)
    Pat Cummins
    Josh Hazlewood
    Nathan Lyon
    Jackson Bird

    England XI

    Alastair Cook
    Mark Stoneman
    James Vince
    Joe Root (c)
    Dawid Malan
    Jonny Bairstow (wk)
    Moeen Ali
    Chris Woakes
    Tom Curran
    Stuart Broad
    James Anderson
     
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    LUNCH - DAY 1

    Australia - 0/102 from 28 overs (RR 3.64)


    Cameron Bancroft - 19* (74)
    David Warner - 83* (94)

    James Anderson - 0/36 (10 overs)
    Stuart Broad - 0/13 (7 overs)
    Chris Woakes - 0/21 (4 overs)
    Moeen Ali - 0/15 (3 overs)
    Tom Curran - 0/17 (4 overs)
     
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    David Warner has got his century, That's his 21st in his test career !!!

    He got out on 99 but replays showed it was a no-ball much to England's dismay :lol:

    He has also passed 6,000 test runs

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    TEA - DAY 1

    Australia - 2/145 from 54 overs (RR 2.68)


    Cameron Bancroft - 26 (95)
    David Warner - 103 (151)
    Usman Khawaja - 10* (57)
    Steve Smith - 5* (22)

    James Anderson - 1/40 (16 overs)
    Stuart Broad - 0/29 (14 overs)
    Chris Woakes - 1/38 (12 overs)
    Moeen Ali - 0/15 (3 overs)
    Tom Curran - 0/23 (9 overs)
     
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    Bancroft looked way out of form. Langer needs to get right on his forward defence shot. The bat was coming in an arc from the position of leg stump, offering an angled bat at contact point, of some 2/3 of the bat's width compared to the straight bat push forward.

    Warner batted well, and it is real crunch time for the Poms, with Captain Amazing at the crease.
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    The pom attack isn't all that bad.
    Smith is just in the best form I've ever seen from a batsman.
    It's like the only way they can get him out is by letting him score 200 and get too tired to bat any longer.
     
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    STUMPS - DAY 1

    Australia - 3/244 from 89 overs (RR 2.74)


    Cameron Bancroft - 26 (95)
    David Warner - 103 (151)
    Usman Khawaja - 17 (65)
    Steve Smith - 65* (131)
    Shaun Marsh - 31* (93)

    James Anderson - 1/43 (21 overs)
    Stuart Broad - 1/41 (19 overs)
    Chris Woakes - 1/60 (19 overs)
    Moeen Ali - 0/35 (6 overs)
    Tom Curran - 0/44 (17 overs)
    Dawid Malan - 0/20 (7 overs)
     
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    Smith's record at the MCG....It's ok I guess

    Overall at the MCG

    Games - 6
    Innings - 9
    Not Out - 4
    Runs - 703
    50s - 2
    100s - 3
    Highest Score - 192
    Average - 140.6

    2014-2017 at the MCG


    Games - 4
    Innings - 6
    Not Out - 4
    Runs - 640
    50s - 2
    100s - 3
    Highest Score - 192
    Average - 320

    * Includes today's 65 Not Out
     
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    Congratulations to Stuart Broad on his milestone today as well.....

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    LUNCH - DAY 2

    Australia - 8/326 from 115 overs (RR 2.83)


    Cameron Bancroft - 26 (95)
    David Warner - 103 (151)
    Usman Khawaja - 17 (65)
    Steve Smith - 76 (156)
    Shaun Marsh - 61 (148)
    Mitch Marsh - 9 (8)
    Tim Paine - 24 (36)
    Pat Cummins - 4* (16)
    Jackson Bird - 4 (6)
    Josh Hazlewood - 0* (0)

    James Anderson - 2/60 (27 overs)
    Stuart Broad - 3/51 (26 overs)
    Chris Woakes - 2/72 (22 overs)
    Moeen Ali - 0/57 (12 overs)
    Tom Curran - 1/65 (21 overs)
    Dawid Malan - 0/20 (7 overs)
     
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    I know you shouldn't judge a pitch until both teams have batted on it but I feel Australia are short of a good total

    England have taken 5/82 in that session and are top imo
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    I don't roughie.

    Despite those prominent Melbournians Lawry and Warne constantly telling us how good the pitch, the MCG an Melbourne are concerned, I believe our runs are as good as money in the bank. The pitch is inconsistent in bounce and pace. It is hard to score from and will deteriorate in the next day or two.
     
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    INNINGS CHANGE - DAY 2

    Australia - 327 from 119 overs (RR 2.74)


    Cameron Bancroft - 26 (95)
    David Warner - 103 (151)
    Usman Khawaja - 17 (65)
    Steve Smith - 76 (156)
    Shaun Marsh - 61 (148)
    Mitch Marsh - 9 (8)
    Tim Paine - 24 (36)
    Pat Cummins - 4 (30)
    Jackson Bird - 4 (6)
    Josh Hazlewood - 1* (24)
    Nathan Lyon - 0 (17)

    James Anderson - 3/61 (29 overs)
    Stuart Broad - 4/51 (28 overs)
    Chris Woakes - 2/72 (22 overs)
    Moeen Ali - 0/57 (12 overs)
    Tom Curran - 1/65 (21 overs)
    Dawid Malan - 0/20 (7 overs)
     
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    It is 2 paced no doubt, I personally felt 350-400 was a good score but you never know

    We will have to bowl well but we all know England are prone to a big collapse
     
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    And they will have to score 100+ more than us batting last! Garry is our secret weapon.
     

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