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Ashes digest: Alastair Cook joins the MCG honours board

  • Alastair Cook’s unbeaten 244 surpassed Sir Viv Richard’s 208 in 1984
  • His name has replaced the West Indies great on the honours’ board
  • Australia have added Ashton Agar to their squad for the fifth Test next week 

Chris Stocks For The Mail On Sunday

England avoided a third whitewash in four Ashes tours despite being denied a win by a stellar Australian rearguard on Saturday.

A placid pitch at the MCG and another Steve Smith century kept Joe Root’s side from registering their first win down under since 2011.

Here Sportsmail round-up some of the facts and figures around the match in Melbourne ahead of the fifth Test in Sydney next week… 

Cook’s replaced Viv at Percy’s bar, so raise a glass! 

Melbourne Cricket Club wasted no time in honouring Alastair Cook's unbeaten 244

Melbourne Cricket Club wasted no time in honouring Alastair Cook's unbeaten 244

Melbourne Cricket Club wasted no time in honouring Alastair Cook’s unbeaten 244

Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) have wasted no time in honouring Alastair Cook’s achievement of posting the highest score by a visiting batsman at the MCG. 

Cook’s unbeaten 244 usurped the previous best of 208 by Viv Richards in 1984 and the England opener’s name has already replaced the West Indies great on the honours’ board in the Percy Beames members’ bar that lists the best batting and bowling performances by Australian and overseas opposition.

David Warner compiled his slowest Test half-century in 161 balls on Saturday

David Warner compiled his slowest Test half-century in 161 balls on Saturday

David Warner compiled his slowest Test half-century in 161 balls on Saturday

David Warner struck the second-fastest Test fifty — in just 23 balls — against Pakistan in Sydney earlier this year. 

But the Australia opener compiled his slowest on the final day of this Test, his half-century coming in 161 balls. 

Warner’s previous slowest came in 133 deliveries against West Indies in Dominica in 2012.

Agar back in the reckoning

Ashton Agar has made only two Test appearances since scoring 98 on debut in 2013

Ashton Agar has made only two Test appearances since scoring 98 on debut in 2013

Ashton Agar has made only two Test appearances since scoring 98 on debut in 2013

Australia are likely to play two spinners in the final Ashes Test in Sydney by adding Ashton Agar to the squad. 

Agar made his Test debut against England as a 19-year-old in 2013 at Trent Bridge, scoring 98 — the highest Test score by a No  11 batsman. 

But Agar has made just two Test appearances since then.

Fans feel pinch on final day

Cricket Australia have been criticised for charging £17 on the final day in Melbourne after allowing fans to pay just £1 on the fifth days of the Tests in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. 

Just 13,320 showed up as a result and although £11,000 of the gate receipts goes to charity, the atmosphere was poor.


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