Australia beat England by an innings and 14 runs in the third match of the ongoing Ashes Test series in Melbourne to retain the Ashes trophy. The match ended on the 3rd day.
The England batsmen were unable to cope with the bowling of fast bowler Scott Poland and snatched wickets. Debutant Poland took 6 wickets to lead England to a collapse. Poland, who bowled 4 overs, gave up a maiden 7 and took 6 wickets to win the man of the match award.
England were bowled out for 68 in 27.4 overs in the second innings, losing by an innings and 14 runs.
Australia won the five-match Ashes Test series 3-0 to retain the trophy.
The Australian team won the last Ashes Test series in 2017-18. The Australian team then retained the trophy after drawing the last Ashes series in 2019-20. Australia have won the Ashes 3-0 this year to retain the trophy for the third time.
England have been struggling to win the Ashes since 2015.
The 3rd and Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series in Melbourne started 3 days ago. England scored 185 and Australia 267 in the first innings. England started the second innings 82 runs behind. England were 31 for four at stumps on Day 2 yesterday.
England lost the remaining 6 wickets by 37 runs in the next 15 overs, losing by an innings and 14 runs, starting the 3rd day’s today.
Only Joe Root (28) and Ben Stokes (11) added double figures in the England squad. All the other batsmen were out for a single. England lost the last 5 wickets by just 8 runs. England lost 5 wickets for 60 runs and lost the remaining wickets for the next 8 runs.
Debuting in the Australian team, Poland bowled 4 overs and scored 7 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Throwing 17 balls at the fastest 5 wickets Poland He set a record of 5 wickets. Mitchell Starc took 3 wickets.
This is the 4th time a team has won the innings with a lower lead in the first inning. Earlier, in 1955, England defeated New Zealand by 46 runs in Auckland. The Mayo Islands beat England by 74 runs in Kingston in 2009. The Mayo Islands beat Pakistan by 87 runs in Lahore in 1986.
None other than the England team’s worst game on Australian soil. This is England’s ninth defeat in a Test match this calendar year. The UK, which had suffered only eight defeats in the previous calendar year, has overtaken it.
This is England’s lowest score on Australian soil since 1904.