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Aus vs Eng: 3rd Test, Ashes 2021-22: Boland's 6-7 hijacks Eng; Aus win by an innings, retain Ashes

Scott Boland takes six wickets in 21 balls to help Australia win the Melbourne Test.

Aus vs Eng: 3rd Test, Ashes 2021-22: Scott Boland's 6-7 hijacks England; Australia win by an innings, retain Ashes. Joe Root becomes third highest scorer of all time in a calendar year.
Australia retain the Ashes as England lose third Test as well. (©GettyImages)

Brief Scores: Australia 267 (Harris 76, Anderson 33/4) defeated England 185 (Root 50, Cummins 36/3, Lyon 36/3) & 68 (Root 28, Boland 7/6) by an innings and 14 runs

England were struggling on 31 for four yesterday. Batting pair of Joe Root and Ben Stokes began the innings today. However, Stokes couldn’t face the left-armer Mitchell Starc and got bowled out on the score of 11. Debutant Scott Boland troubled opponent batters massively. Next batter Jonny Bairstow was given out LBW off Boland, however, batter reviewed it.

Snickometer confirmed that no edge was drawn and tracking system showed ball clipping the off-stump resulting in a lost review call for England. Also, Boland sent back Root in the pavilion on the score of 28. Root played away from the body and edged the ball which went straight in the hands of David Warner at slip.

Scott Boland wreaked havoc on visitors

Due to these quick three wickets, England was near an innings defeat. Boland didn’t give breathing time to next batter Mark Wood. Mark Wood was caught and bowled by Boland on duck. With this wicket, Boland completed a five-for in his debut test.

Also, Boland bagged the wicket of Robinson on duck. Robinson poked at a good length delivery and Marnus Labuschagne took the catch at third slip. Also, his partner Cameron Green bowled out lower-order batter James Anderson on the score of 2 and England got bundled out on the meagre total of 68 runs.

England 0-3 down in Ashes series

As England got shot out on a paltry score of 68, Australia won the third Ashes Test match by an innings and 14 runs. Boland bagged six wickets by conceding just 7 runs while Starc took three for 29.

This has been a miserable Test match for England as they suffered the defeat in just two-and-a-half days. With this, Australia took an unassailable lead over visitors.

Australia will face England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5 in the fourth Ashes Test match. England would look forward to make major changes before the fourth Test to improve their performance.

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