Ashes 2017 : Boxing Day Test scores,Australia v England at MCG

Steve Smith continued his golden summer to get Australia back on track in the fourth Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Smith took 98 balls to bring up his half-century, rebuilding Australia’s innings after the dismissal of Usman Khawaja (17) left the hosts with two new batsmen in the middle.

Smith (51*) and Shaun Marsh (19*) rebuilt the innings from there, with Australia 3-218 after 78 overs.

Australia dominated the first session, scoring 102 runs without loss after electing to bat, only for England to rally after the break. Only 43 runs were scored in the second session, in which the tourists removed Cameron Bancroft (26) and Warner.

Warner was caught behind for 103 off 151 balls, poking at a James Anderson delivery that nipped away just enough to take the outside edge.

Having spent close to 40 minutes in the 90s, the opener looked to have blown a century on 99 when he skewed a pull shot to mid-on off the bowling of debutant Tom Curran.

The 31-year-old collapsed to his knees when he realised what he had done, only for replays to confirm Curran had bowled a no-ball. A delivery later the left-hander raised his century.

Chris Woakes was the first Englishman to strike on Tuesday, trapping Bancroft in front in the 35th over.

Aside from showers on day four, rain is not expected to have a say on play.

Australia XI: Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird

England XI: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (capt), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.


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