Alastair Cook double affirms England’s dominance

On the back of Alastair Cook’s record-breaking and still undefeated 244, England have set themselves in a place of quality to not just maintain a strategic distance from a whitewash in the Magellan Ashes series yet to effectively mull over triumph come the last days of the fourth Test.

With practically no earlier shape and as meager sign, Cook batted over 10 hours to set another benchmark for a meeting Test player at the MCG and could yet turn into the primary England opener since Geoffrey Boycott just about 40 years prior to bring his bat through the innings of an Ashes Test in Australia.

In doing as such, the previous England commander lifted England’s first innings to a forcing 9-491 at the end of day three.

Which speaks to a lead of 164 over an Australia team that had summarily ruled the initial three Tests yet looked progressively inadequate on a level, moderate MCG pitch where they failed to meet expectations with the bat yesterday.