Australia has stormed to an eight-wicket victory in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.
The win was built on the back of a magnificent century from adopted Victorian Chris Rogers, whose sparkling strokeplay and enterprising running between wickets set the trend for Australia’s run chase. “It doesn’t get better than this,” Rogers told the adoring crowd afterwards, saying that the MCG was “my home now”.
Rogers made 116 and featured in a century partnership with Shane Watson, who ended 83 not out and finished England off with some lusty blows at the end.
Together, they turned a tricky 231 run target into a relative cakewalk.
England’s best chance of turning the screws on Australia literally slipped through the fingers of Alastair Cook in the morning, when he managed to drop both Rogers and his opening partner David Warner. Warner was the only wicket to fall for the day.
The win gives Australia a 4-0 lead in the series, with only the fifth Test at the SCG remaining.