Last Updated on 27 Dec 2021 10:27 pm (UK Time)
Australia require 6 more England wickets to win the Ashes after a spirited England performance until a late collapse that saw them finish 4 down at close at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Resuming on 61/1, the hosts would add 15 to their overnight score before night-watchman Nathan Lyon would edge behind by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Ollie Robinson for 10 before Marnus Labuschagne would be caught at slip by Joe Root off the bowling of Mark Wood for 1. Steve Smith would be bowled by James Anderson for 16 with Marcus Harris (pictured below) and Travis Head finishing the session with 48 and 11 respectively – Australia 131/4 at lunch.
The score would move onto 171 before Head would be caught at slip by Root off the bowling of Robinson for 27 before opener Harris would be caught by the same fielder off the bowling of Anderson (pictured below) for 76 – Cameron Green and Alex Carey 12 and 9 not out respectively at tea, Australia sitting on exactly 200.
Early in the session, Green would be LBW to Leach for 17 before Carey would soon follow, caught behind off the bowling of Stokes for 19. Pat Cummins would be caught by Hameed off the bowling of Anderson for before Scott Boland would be caught by Crawley off the bowling of Wood for 6 – Mitchell Starc 26 not out.
Sitting 82 behind their hosts after an innings each, England would lose Zak Crawley (5, caught by Carey) and Dawid Malan (golden duck, LBW) to successive Mitchell Starc deliveries before they would lose opener Hameed as he was caught by Carey off the bowling of Boland (pictured below) for 7. Night-watchman Jack Leach would be bowled second ball by the same bowler as Root (12) and Stokes (2) were the not out batsman at the close.