Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

269dDaniel Brettig in Melbourne

Relentless Smith finds a fresh ally

Steven Smith gave praise for his partner on the fifth day at the MCG, as Mitchell Marsh slipped into a supporting role with a mature, unbeaten innings

269dDaniel Brettig at the MCG

MCG drop-ins under review after bore draw

Outgoing Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide suggested the ground's drop-in wicket square was overdue to be dug out and remade from scratch

268dJarrod Kimber at the MCG

Warner tames the beast within (almost)

There was little in David Warner's career history to suggest he could bat Australia to a draw on a slow pitch - but he has long proved he is more than a six-hitting circus act

Day 4

269dDaniel Brettig in Melbourne

A pitch that saps Australia's will to win

Darren Lehmann had few thoughts of an Australian victory at the start of the day and a sluggish MCG pitch did nothing to challenge that view

Day 3

Day 2

271dJarrod Kimber

Shaun Marsh stands up

It may not be enough for Australia at the MCG but, in a team beset by batting problems, Shaun Marsh has played a key role in regaining the Ashes

272dDaniel Brettig at the MCG

Australia blunted on day of toil

With Mitchell Starc missing and Pat Cummins unwell, Australia's attack struggled to make an impact having failed to add customary lower-order runs

Day 1

272dGeorge Dobell in Melbourne

Curran reveals truth of no-ball agony

Tom Curran became the third England bowler in recent years to miss out on a maiden Test wicket because of a no-ball - but it was because of over-ambition rather than carelessness

272dESPNcricinfo staff

Oh, no-ball!

After Tom Curran in Melbourne, Mason Crane became the fourth of England's current generation of bowlers to have their maiden Test wicket taken away from them after failing to keep their foot behind th

272dS Rajesh

The battle of lengths

England's seamers have been more effective than Australia's when bowling a good length, and this MCG pitch could test Australia's ability to take wickets off the short or full deliveries

Others

272dDaniel Brettig at Melbourne

Smith and Warner transcend the sluggish G

Steve Smith continued the form of his life, as David Warner produced his best innings of the summer. It was a daunting combination for England

265dDaniel Brettig

MCG pitch rated poor by ICC

Australian cricket has been embarrassed by the ICC rating the MCG drop-in pitch for the Boxing Day Ashes Test as "poor" following a dull draw in which only 24 wickets were taken over five days

273dDaniel Brettig at the MCG

Sore hand forces Smith to make technical tweak

Australia captain Steven Smith admitted that he may have to use more of his top hand and be slightly less wristy after copping a freakish blow to his hand at training ahead of the fourth Ashes Test

272dDaniel Brettig at Melbourne

No day-night Ashes Test in 2019 - Harrison

Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, has effectively ruled out the scheduling of a day/night Ashes Test when Australia tour England in 2019

23rd in quick time

110

Numer of innings Steven Smith has taken to hit 23 Test hundreds. Only Bradman (59 inns) and Gavaskar (109) were quicker.

Record breaking Cook

1997

Last instance of a player from England carrying his bat before Cook - Atherton scored 94 against New Zealand. Cook's 244 is the highest score ever made by a batsman carrying his bat through a Test innings

Cook Marches on

11

150 plus scores for Cook in Tests - Most for a batsmen from England. He now has three such scores in Australia as well. Only Wally Hammond has more.

Centurion

32

Hundreds for Cook in Tests - joint seventh along with Steve Waugh. During the innings, Cook also went past Jayawardene's tally of 11814 Test runs.

Cook Down Under

5

Centuries for Cook in Australia. He now has centuries in each of the five big venues in Aus. Cook is the fifth player from England to score 5 or more centuries vs Aus in Australia

Cook comes good

10

Innings since Cook's last half-century. His previous score of fifty plus resulted in a score of 243 against West Indies

100 for Anderson

8

Bowlers from England to take 100 or more wickets against Australia. Anderson joined 4 other fast bowlers to this feat.

Centurion Warner

21

Test hundreds for David Warner- 15 of them have come at home. This is his third century against England and second at MCG.

Wonderful Warner

6000

Test Runs for David Warner in 129 innings- Joint fourth fastest for Australia after Bradman, Ponting, Hayden and Greg Chappel.