Ashes Test at MCG: England 192-2 at stumps on Day 2, Australia 327 all out

Updated: Dec 27, 2017, 15:21 IST | Agencies

Alastair Cook hit a brilliant unbeaten 104, with skipper Joe Root not out 49 as England reached 192 for two at the close in reply to Australia's 327 on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday

Alastair Cook hit a brilliant unbeaten 104, with skipper Joe Root not out 49 as England reached 192 for two at the close in reply to Australia's 327 on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, English pacers produced fine spell of bowling as they bowled out Australia for 327 in the fourth Ashes Test. England bagged Australia's last seven wickets for 67 runs to wrap up the hosts' first innings shortly after lunch on day two.

Englands batsman Alastair Cook celebrates scoring his century against Australia on the second day of the fourth Ashes cricket Test match at the MCG in Melbourne on December 27, 2017. Pic/ AFP
England's batsman Alastair Cook celebrates scoring his century against Australia on the second day of the fourth Ashes cricket Test match at the MCG in Melbourne on December 27, 2017. Pic/ AFP 

England debutant Tom Curran first Test wicket was the prized scalp of Australian skipper Steve Smith. The Aussie captain chopped a short, wide delivery on to his stumps on 76. Smith had an unbeaten run in a Melbourne Test match since Boxing Day 2014, and was on track for his third century of the series on a bat-friendly MCG pitch, when Curran struck.

Scoreboard
Australia first innings (overnight 244-3) C. Bancroft lbw b Woakes 26 D. Warner c Bairstow b Anderson 103 U. Khawaja c Bairstow b Broad 17 S. Smith b Curran 76 S. Marsh lbw b Broad 61 M. Marsh b Woakes 9 T. Paine b Anderson 24 P. Cummins c Cook b Broad 4 J. Bird lbw b Broad 4 J. Hazlewood not out 1 N. Lyon lbw b Anderson 0 Extras (1lb, 1nb) 2 Total (all out; 119 overs) 327 Fall of wickets: 1-122 (Bancroft), 2-135 (Warner), 3-160 (Khawaja), 4-260 (Smith, 5-278 (M. Marsh), 6-314 (S. Marsh), 7-318 (Paine), 8-325 (Bird), 9-326 (Cummins), 10-327 (Lyon) Bowling: Anderson 29-11-61-3, Broad 28-10-51-4, Woakes 22-4-72-2, Moeen 12-0-57-0, Curran 21-5-65-1 (1nb), Malan 7-1-20-0

England first innings A. Cook not out 104 M. Stoneman c and b Lyon 15 J. Vince b Hazlewood 17 J. Root not out 49 Extras (b4, nb3) 7 Total (2 wickets; 57 overs) 192 Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Stoneman), 2-80 (Vince) To bat: D. Malan, J. Bairstow, M. Ali, C. Woakes, T. Curran, S. Broad, J. Anderson. Bowling: Hazlewood 12-2-39-1, Bird 12-2-38-0 (3nb), Lyon 17-2-44-1, Cummins 11-0-39-0, M. Marsh 4-0-17-0, Smith 1-0-11-0

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