Australia beat England by an innings and 14 runs, retain the Ashes
Scott Boland picked a six-fer for Australia
"I'm speechless as well," the debutant said
The fourth Test will be played at the SCG from Jauary 4
Scott Boland's six-fer in the second innings delivered an innings and 14 runs win for Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. The hosts, with an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, have retained the Ashes.
After being hit by a COVID scare withing the support staff on Monday, England witnessed a top-order collapse. They started day three at 31-4 with Ben Stokes (11) and skipper Joe Root (28) on strike.
However, debutant Boland demolished whatever little hope the visitors had and picked six wickets for seven runs in the first session. The 32-year-old dismissed the likes of Root and Bairstow before cleaning the tail. Cameron Green took Australia over the line with James Anderson's wicket.
"I'm speechless as well, had no idea it would be over so soon. Those are my best-ever figures, nothing has happened this quickly before. They (the crowd) were amazing, going down there (near the boundary) gave me a real buzz," Boland said after the game.
For England, seamer James Anderson gave a masterful display, claiming the key wickets of Marcus Harris (76) and Steve Smith (16) in his tally of 4-33 off 23 overs.
Australia's Mitchell Starc (2-11) dismissed Zak Crawley, caught behind for 5, and Dawid Malan, leg before without scoring, in consecutive deliveries on Monday. Scott Boland removed opener Haseeb Hameed for 7 and Jack Leach without scoring in the penultimate over of day two.
"It is what it is. We have come to dealing with this sort of an environment for a while now. Credit to Australia, they blew us away. We have a lot of hard work to do now and come back hard in the next two matches. Covid threats wasn't ideal. The way we went about our job was excellent yesterday," losing captain Joe Root said.
"Credit to the boys for managing it and giving ourselves a chance in this game. We just have got to do things for longer. There have been pockets, but that's just not enough. We know where we need to work and we have to stay strong and look at the next two games."
The fourth Test will be played at the SCG from January 4