Dream Start For Pat Cummins As Test Skipper; Australia Retain Ashes, Rout England By Innings And 14 Runs To Win Third Test

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Pacer Scott Boland took six wickets in the second innings as Australia defeated England by an innings and 14 runs in the third Ashes Test here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground .

With this win, Australia regained the Ashes as the hosts have gained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Resuming Day 3 of the MCG Test at 31/4, England kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and the side was unable to match Australia’s lead and in the end, they suffered an innings defeat.

Ben Stokes (11) was the first one to depart on Day 3 as he was clean bowled by Mitchell Starc. After this, Scott Boland got in the act and he cleaned up the England lower-order. ‘In his debut, Boland went on to take six wickets in the second innings to hand Australia a memorable victory. England was bowled out for just 68 in the second innings.

Skipper Joe Root (28) was the final nail in the coffin and England went down without showing any fight in the second innings of the third Test.

“It is pretty insane. Just an awesome few weeks, everything clicked and everything worked out,” said Australian skipper Pat Cummins.

“Thrilled for Scott Boland. We have been relentless.”

“It is what it is. We have come to dealing with this sort of an environment for a while now,” said a dejected Root.

“Credit to Australia, they blew us away. We have a lot of hard work to do now and come back hard in the next two matches.”

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