Sunday 29 December 2013 

England Heading For 5-0 Whitewash After MCG Loss

Watson and Clarke celebrate
Australia's Shane Watson (R) celebrates with Michael Clarke after winning the fourth test
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Australia 204 & 231-2 (Rogers 116) beat
England 255 & 179 by 8 wickets
Fourth Ashes Test, MCG
Scorecard | Day One | Day Two | Day Three

Australia have won the fourth Ashes Test match in Melbourne by eight wickets and taken a 4-0 lead against England after a clinical hundred from opener Chris Rogers.

Resuming Day four on 30-0 and needing 231 to win Australia were always likely to register a comfortable victory and this seemed even more likely when England dropped two chances in the first hour of play.

David Warner did however fall in that first hour for 25 when he was caught by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Ben Stokes.

The demise of Warner brought Shane Watson to the wicket and he and Rogers added 136 for the second wicket as Australia cruised to victory.

Roger’s hundred came shortly after lunch - his second test century - and although he fell shortly after for 116 caught behind off the bowling off Monty Panesar, Watson (83 not out) and captain Michael Clarke (6 not out) had few problems in guiding the home team to an emphatic eight-wicket victory.

© Cricket World 2013

 
 
Fixtures & Results

21st-25th November: 1st Test, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 295 & 401-7d. beat ENG 136 & 179 by 381 runs
5th-9th December: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 570-9d & 132-3d beat ENG 172 & 312 by 218 runs
13th-17th December: 3rd Test, WACA, Perth
AUS 385 & 369-8 d. beat ENG 251 & 353 by 150 runs
26th-30th December: 4th Test, MCG, Melbourne
AUS 204 & 231-2 beat ENG 255 & 179 by 8 wickets
3rd-7th January: 5th Test, SCG, Sydney
AUS 326 & 274 beat ENG 155 & 166 by 281 runs