Salem Radio Network News Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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Cricket-Australia retain Ashes with dominant third test win in Melbourne

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Australia retained the Ashes with a series-sealing innings and 14-run win over England in the third test in Melbourne on Tuesday, with paceman Scott Boland finishing with a six-wicket innings haul in a stunning debut.

The 32-year-old Victorian had astonishing figures of 6-7 as England’s batsmen capitulated for 68 before lunch on day three on a glorious day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

England had resumed on 31 for four, their faint hopes pinned on captain Joe Root and Ben Stokes building a partnership.

But it all went up in smoke as paceman Mitchell Starc bowled Stokes for 11 before Boland started an incredible spell of fast bowling.

He had Jonny Bairstow lbw for five, Root out for 28 and tailenders Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson each out for ducks.

All-rounder Cameron Green capped England’s humiliation by having James Anderson bowled for two.

Australia sealed the series 3-0 ahead of the remaining two tests in Sydney and Hobart.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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