WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jan 07, 2018, 07.19 AM
Once again Australia snatched the driver's seat from England in the fifth and final Ashes Test after declaring their first innings with a massive lead of 303 runs before reducing the tourists to 25 for 2 in their second essay, at Tea on Day 4 at the SCG.
The Marsh brothers' Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh celebrated their emotional centuries which was enough to deflate a mentally and physically tired English side.
Australia's bowlers too helped the hosts strengthen their grip on the game by taking out the openers early.
Meanwhile, Alastair Cook, who scored 244 not out in the fourth test in Melbourne last week, passed the 12,000 Test run milestone after being dropped on five by Shaun Marsh at first slip.
The batsman received a standing ovation for becoming just the sixth man in the sport's history to achieve this feat.
The celebrations were minimal for the former captain as he knew he had a task at hand.
The drop by marsh did not cost the team much after Nathan Lyon bowled the in-form Cook for just 10 runs to further dent England's faint hopes of getting a consolation win.
At the close of day four, the tourists trail Australia by 210 runs, with Joe Root at 42 and Jonny Bairstow at 17.