Thursday, 28 December 2017 - 16:10
Alastair Cook punishes Aussie bowlers


Alastair Cook made an unbeaten 244 off 409 balls and helped England reach 491 for 9 at stumps on day 3 of the 4th Ashes Test at Melbourne today (Dec. 28).
By stumps, Cook had hit 27 boundaries, with more than 10 hours at the crease.
It is the longest innings by any visiting batsman in a Test in Australia since Cook himself accumulated an unbeaten 235 at the Gabba in 2010.
Cook's innings was the highest score by any visiting batsman in a Test at the MCG, beating Viv Richards' 208 from 1984.
Cook began this innings in tenth place on the list of all-time Test run scorers and will finish it in the sixth, having passed Mahela Jayawardene late on the second day, then Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and finally Brian Lara with a cover-drive for four from the penultimate delivery of day 3.
His double-century, the fifth of his career, came up with an impeccably timed boundary driven straight back past the bowler Jackson Bird along the ground, from his 360th delivery in his 563rd minute.
Skipper Joe Root (61) and Stuart Broad (56) batted well for the visitors.
Batting first, Australia totalled 327 all out and now England enjoys a lead of 164 runs.

After the day's play, the Australian players congratulated Cook for his sterling knock. 

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