Australia won the toss decided to bowl in the third test match at the Melbourne cricket ground. The play started a little late due to the drizzle and rain shower. Australia brought back Pat Cummins and Scott Boland was given the nod who has an exceptional record at the MCG. England left out their veteran pacer Stuart Broad for Jack Leach, Rory Burns is rested after a run of poor performances to bring back Zak Crawley, and Mark Wood replaced Chris Woakes.
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Australian pacers were ruthless since the begging. Pat Cummins was first to strike and removed the English opener, Haseeb Hameed, in no time and Zak Crawley was his next victim. Dawid Malan and Joe Root offered some resistance but Pat Cummins provided the breakthrough just before lunch. Joe Root was taken out by Mitchell Starc after yet another fifty in the series. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow started well but could not convert their innings into a big one. Ollie Robinson came in later to score a quickfire 22 before Nathon Lyon sent him back. Pat Cummins bowled a dream spell before lunch to put Australia ahead and bagged 3 wickets to his name. Mitchell Starc finished with 2-54 and Nathan Lyon picked up 3. Cameron Green and debutant Scott Boland also picked a wicket each.
Australia trail by 124 runs after they ended the day at 61-1. The hosts lost the crucial wicket of David Warner, who was dismissed by James Anderson after registering 38 runs off 42 balls just before the end of play to give England a lifeline. England are already trailing 0-2 in the five-match series following defeats in the first and second Test in Brisbane and Adelaide, respectively.