Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo

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Joe Root, England captain has admitted that Australia “blew us away” after his side collapsed to 68 all out and crumbled to another Ashes defeat in Melbourne.

After fighting back with the ball on day two, the Australian seam attack of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Scott Boland bowled brilliantly in the evening session to leave England 31-4.

Joe Root, England captain cut a forlorn figure after his side collapsed to an innings defeat in the third Ashes Test which ensured that Australia won the series ( Image: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Joe Root, England captain cut a forlorn figure after his side collapsed to an innings defeat in the third Ashes Test which ensured that Australia won the series ( Image: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Scott Boland Takes 6/7 On Test Debut

Australia then finished the job within a session on day three, with debutant Scott Boland taking a remarkable 6-7 from just four overs, Mitchell Starc picking up 3-29, and all-rounder Cameron Green taking the final wicket. Pat Cummins somehow ended up wicketless, despite being arguably Australia’s best bowler in the thunderous final hour on day two.

Scott Boland scripted a fairytale debut that will make its way into the annals of Test cricket. The Victorian pacer blew England away with stunning figures of 6-7 powering Australia to an Ashes win in the opening session on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test. The Victorian pacer returned with figures of 4-1-7-6 as Australia bowled England out for 68 in the second innings to retain the Ashes with two matches to go. He returned with match figures of 7/55.

Scott Boland was expectedly named Man of the Match, winning the Johnny Mullagh Medal. © Getty
Scott Boland was expectedly named Man of the Match, winning the Johnny Mullagh Medal. © Getty

The 32-year-old started the day with two wickets – that came in an over late on Day 2 – and despite a dropped catch, picked up four in no time returning six wickets in 21 balls as Australia skittled England for just 68 in the second innings to pick up a win by an innings and 14 runs.

Joe Root Admits Australia Blew England Away On The 3rd Ashes Test

In the end, England was all out for 68 in their second innings as Australia completed a dominant victory at the MCG to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. The emphatic way in which Australia rammed home their advantage consigned England to new lows, their 68 all-out the lowest Ashes total in Australia since 1936 and England’s lowest total in Australia since 1904.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Joe Root said: “All you can do is try and front up to it and concentrate of putting in good performances on the field and credit to Australia, they blew us away last night and have outplayed us in this Test and in the series so far.

“We’ve got a lot of hard work to do to make sure we come back in the last two games. Yesterday with the positive Covid tests wasn’t ideal, but I actually thought the way we went about our cricket on the field was excellent. The bowling group and the way we went about it was as good as we’ve gone about it all trip.”

Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter
Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter

“We put them under pressure and got ourselves in a position where we were really in the Test match so credit to the guys for fronting up and being able to manage that with everything else going on. We need to be more like that throughout the final two games.”

England suffered an innings defeat in the third Ashes Test, with Australia taking an unassailable 3-0 lead and securing a series win. Joe Root was the only one standing in between Australia and a win and when Scott Boland eked out an edge off his bat, the game was over for England. The England captain fell for 28 – finishing as the third-highest Test run-getter in 2021 with 1708 runs.

Apart from Joe Root(28) and Ben Stokes (11), none of the England batsmen registered double-digit figures.

Brief scores: England 185 & 68 (Mitchell Starc 3-29, Scott Boland 6-7) lost to Australia 267 (David Warner 38, Marcus Harris 76; James Anderson 4-33, Ollie Robinson 2-64, Mark Wood 2-71) by an innings and 14 runs.