Warner century, Smith fifty on Boxing Day

Australia have made a good start on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Aussies were steady on Boxing Day and lost only three wickets.

Warner century, Smith fifty on Boxing Day

Australia chose to bat first after winning the toss. David Warner gave the hosts a flying start. 83 of Australia’s 102 runs before lunch came from the bat of Warner.

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Cameron Bancroft was watchful at the other end. He was dismissed for 95-ball 26 off Chris Woakes. The opening stand put on 122 runs. Warner slowed down after entering into the 90s. He spent around 40 minutes in the 90s and 17 minutes at 96.

Tom Curran got Warner caught on 99. But replay showed that the debutant bowled a no ball and so was denied a maiden wicket. He is the third English bowler in the after Ben Stokes and Mark Wood to be denied maiden Test wicket with no ball in the 2010s.

Warner reached his 21st Test century on the next ball, in 130 balls. He departed scoring 103 runs in 151 balls including 13 fours and a six.

James Anderson took his wicket to equal Courtney Walsh’s tally of 519 Test wickets.

Stuart Broad got a wicket after bowling 414 balls. He dismissed Usman Khawaja for 17 after the tea break.

The rest of the day was handled well by the skipper Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh. Smith brought up his 22nd half-century in 98 balls. He remained not out scoring 65 runs from 131 balls hitting 6 fours. Marsh is on 93-ball 31* with 4 boundaries.

The fourth-wicket partnership is on 84*. Australia made 244/3 in 89 overs.

 

Brief scores:

Australia 244/3 in 89 overs (Warner 103, Smith 65, S Marsh 31*; Broad 1/41)

 

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com