England have collapsed to an innings and 99 runs defeat on the third day of the fourth Ashes Test at a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground. They are now closing to a 0-5 whitewash with the Australians doing everything to punish England for winning the Ashes in 2005. It took Australia just 51 overs to wrap up the test match and get the 4-0 score with one final match to be played from 2nd January at Sydney.
Andrew Symonds who started the day on 154 could add up just two more runs before falling to Steve Harmison. The Aussies stretched their first innings total to 419 with Shane Warne enjoying his stay in the middle scoring an impressive unbeaten 40 in what was his last test match at the MCG. Sajid Mahmood ended with 4 for 100 in his 21.3 overs for England. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook batted out the period before the lunch break after they were behind by a big margin of 260.
After lunch, wickets started to fall in a hurry leaving England to 90 for 5! Brett Lee and Stuart Clark had picked up two wickets each while McGrath had taken the wicket of Ian Bell in those five wickets to fall. Four of those wickets fell in the post lunch session. Kevin Pietersen for once was dismissed cheaply without a fight, he was done in by a great delivery from Stuart Clark. The English innings folded to 161, an improvement of two runs from their first innings efforts. Andrew Strauss was the top scorer with 31 while Cook, Flintoff and Read managed just twenties. Brett Lee finished with 4 for 47 while Stuart Clark had 3 for 30 with his swing, seam, reverse swing and cutters. Shane Warne helped his career tally to 706 by taking two wickets, he got good amount of sharp turn that kept on bamboozling the hapless batsmen. He was also the Man of the Match for taking 7 wickets in the match. Both the sides now meet for the last time at the SCG, which is a big test match for Australia. It is the last time that their bowling greats, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath would be bowling in a Test Match!