Ashes Boxing Day Test Day 1: Australia on top as England bowled out for 185 in the first innings

Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon took three wickets while Mitchell Starc picked up two and Cameroon Green and Scott Boland took one wicket each to put Australia in drivers seat

Australia bowled out England for just 185 in the first innings of the third Test of the 2021 Ashes series; Credit: Twitter/@ICC

England batters yet again failed miserably as they were dismissed for a paltry 185 in their first innings on Day 1 of the ongoing 3rd Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon were the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking three wickets each. Mitchell Starc picked up two while Cameroon Green and debutant Scott Boland also picked a wicket each to put Australia on top. Meanwhile for England, Joe Root was the only bright spot as he once again scored a fifty. 

Earlier Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. Cummins took full advantage of the conditions as he took three wickets in the first session. In the second over of the match, Cummins landed a beautiful delivery in the corridor of uncertainty and England opener Haseeb Hameed nicked it behind to be dismissed for a duck. 

Cummins is in brilliant form as he delivers yet another superb ball to send opener Zal Crawley back to the pavilion. The extra zip and bounce squares Crawley up, finds the shoulder of the bat and Green takes the catch at point. Before Lunch, the Australian skipper dismissed David Malan with yet another superb delivery that bounced off the good length and nicked to David Warner at first slip.

Although wickets were falling from one end, Root went on with his business and scored 50 off 82 deliveries that included 4 boundaries before Starc’s length delivery took an edge and carried to wicketkeeper Alex Carey.

Green took the dangerous Stokes’ wicket while Lyon dismissed Jos Buttler to go into the Tea with the English score at 128 for 6. After tea, Boland took the wicket of Mark Wood, it was the 32-year-old’s first Test scalp. Starc and Lyon cleaned up the rest of the batters to put Australia in the driver’s seat.

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