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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 13:49
Old hands Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad revive England
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Out-of-form old hands Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook have found their mojo at the MCG, where England reached 2-192 at stumps on day 2 of the 4th Ashes Test.
 
Cook reached a drought-breaking century in the final over the day to steer England with an unbeaten 104, while earlier Broad snared 4-51, his best figures in more than a year, to help inflict a collapse of 7-67 and bowl the hosts out for 327 today (27).
 
It was Cook's 32nd Test ton and 5th in Australia.
 
By stumps, Cook has added 112 runs for the 3rd wicket with skipper Joe Root who was 49 not out.
 
The veterans have been among the tourists' worst performers in the opening three Tests, during which Australia banked big wins to claim an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.
 
Cook has a long way to go if he is to bat England into a position of dominance but the former skipper has scored runs with far more ease compared to any other game this summer.
 
England's all-time leading run-scorer's quest for form was aided by the absence of Mitchell Starc, who was an enforced omission because of a bruised heel, and the stomach bug that bothered Pat Cummins.
 
Cummins managed a three-over spell before shuffling off the ground in obvious discomfort. The express paceman returned to field after four overs but remains clearly unwell and is yet to return to the attack.
 
Nathan Lyon snagged the only English wicket to fall, snaffling a one-handed return catch to dismiss Mark Stoneman for 15.
 
Steve Smith, Tim Paine and Mitch Marsh, all chopped on during the morning session, underlining the risks involved with trying to up the run-rate on such a slow pitch.
 
Broad helped his side clean up the tail quickly, something that didn't happen at the Gabba, Adelaide Oval or the WACA. Broad removed both Cummins and Jackson Bird, having earlier ended Shaun Marsh's stubborn knock of 61.
 
Scorecard:
 
Australia  - 327 all out
David Warner 104
Steve Smith 76
Shaun Marsh 61
 
James Anderson 3/61
Stuart Board 4/51
 
England - 192 for 2 at stumps
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