Australia v England 4th Ashes Test at Melbourne Live Score and Highlights
Australia take on England in the fourth Test match of the Ashes from December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Ashes series is nicely placed with both sides having won a Test each and one game being drawn.
You can watch the Australia v England 4th Ashes Test live at Melbourne (MCG) on Star Cricket in India and Channel Nine in Australia. Also watch the Australia v England 4th Ashes Test highlights at Melbourne (MCG) on the same channels after the game.
The English juggernaut was jolted at WACA in Perth after it looked like they had the momentum to roll the Australian side away in the rest of the games. A win at Perth, as indeed a win at the MCG would have given them the Ashes; instead it is 1-1 as they play at Melbourne.
The loss of Stuart Broad to an injury proved crucial as he could have been a handy asset at Perth. The batting fell away in both innings to the stunning return to form from Mitchell Johnson but the neutral fans will not be complaining as the series looks evenly poised now.
Ashes 2010, Australia v England 4th Test at Melbourne Timings:
The fourth Ashes 2010 Test of the Australia v England series will start at 2330 hours GMT.
Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne will host this game. There was a lot of hue and cry 2-3 days ago on whether the curator had been instructed by the Cricket Australia officials on the preparation of a much quicker track in the wake of how the English side fell away. But the buzz was quelled by the curator himself who said that the pitch would be much slower to bat on and those batsmen who had the patience would be able to survive the track.
Melbourne has hosted the Boxing Day Tests since 1990, missing only the 1994 Boxing Day game. Unsurprisingly, the venue is one of the most favoured by the Aussies as they have won ten of the last 11 games that have been played here. Going to back to 1980, the two rivals, Australia and England have met here eight times and the record is 5-3 in favour of Australia.
Australia had an injury when their captain Ricky Ponting was hit on his finger in the previous Test match and tests showed a crack. However, he seems to have recovered well enough to play in the game and one sees no change in the top-order despite the presence of Usman Khwaja.
It is the bowling that may look different for Australia. There are questions over the chances of the Aussies going in with a four-pronged pace attack on the Melbourne track which may not have too much for the bowlers of the faster variety. Instead, there is a chance that the side will go in with the left-arm, uncapped spinner Michael Beer. Of the four pace bowlers, hat-trick man Peter Siddle looks most certain to miss out.
England also had their injury woes but James Anderson was declared fit to take part in the game. This means that the side could be looking to go in without any changes despite the lack of form exhibited by Paul Collingwood and the evident tiring of the young Steven Finn. Ian Bell could be given a chance at a position higher his customary number six given his form – even his nemesis Shane Warne had a good word or two about him – and the most likely switch will be with Collingwood.
Australia will need their opening bat Michael Hughes to fire, apart from the captain and vice-captain to get some runs as well. England need the same from their numbers three, four and five.
Players to look out for:
Expect one of Clarke and Ponting to get a big score while Ben Hilfenhaus could be the bowler to look out for. England could have Kevin Pietersen doing the job for them with the bat while Graeme Swann will need to get back to his spinning best.
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