Here is a day in the ongoing Ashes series which is all about the England’s opening batsman Alastair Cook and his patient knock! Good for the visitors as he is still out there grinding the Aussie bowlers!
Cook’s unbeaten double hundred helped him to go past Mahela and Chandepaul to become the sixth highest run scorer in Tests. He need 44 runs to get to 12K runs in Test career and 54 runs to register his maiden triple hundred in Tests!
Stuart Broad too played brilliantly coming in at no. 10 scored a quick fire half-century which is his 12th in Tests and 2nd fifty-plus score in overseas conditions! This has been great comeback from the veteran pacer as he followed his 4-fer with a Fifty!
England are 491/9 at Stumps on Day 3 with a first innings lead of 164 runs against Australia. Cook is batting on 244* along with the no. 11 James Anderson who is yet to open his account having faced 15 deliveries!
I have collected some of the stats from the play on Day 3:
11,956 – A Test match to remember for Alastair Cook as he started this Test match as the 10th highest run getter and is now placed 6th at stumps on Day 3!
244* – Alastair Cook is batting on 244* at stumps on Day 3. This is the best score by an overseas batsman at The MCG! This is also the best score by any player in a Test innings in 2017!
2 – Alastair Cook today became the 5th batsman overall to have scored multiple double hundreds in Ashes. His double century today at the MCG is his second in the Ashes series. Don Bradman (8 Ashes 200s), Hammond (4), Simpson (2), Steven Smith (2) are the others to have scored multiple 200s in Ashes series!
England have a 146-run lead against Australia! Bowling figures of the three Aussie bowlers at the moment
— Cric Stat (@Cric_Stat) December 28, 2017
5 – Alastair Cook now have most double centuries for England. Only Wally Hammond (7) has scored more double centuries than Cook for England. Leo Hutton (4) and Kevin Pietersen (3) are next in this list.
56 – Stuart Broad has scored the highest score for an England player batting at no. 10 in Australia. Tich freeman (50* in 1924) and David Allen (50* in 1966) are the next in this list.
100 – Partnership between Cook and Broad for the 10th wicket. This is the 7th time England have added 100 or more runs for the 10th wicket in Tests and the first since 106 stand between Swann and Anderson in 2009!
3 – Australia’s Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins have all conceded over 100 runs so far in the England’s first innings! This is the 2nd time in 2017 three or more Aussie bowlers have conceded over 100 runs in a single Test innings. The other instance against India was in Ranchi in March 2017!