GOTCHA: Teammates congratulate Nathan Lyon after dismissing Ben Stokes on the third day of the Boxing Day Ashes Test at the MCG in Melbourne, yesterday. He snared five wickets.
GOTCHA: Teammates congratulate Nathan Lyon after dismissing Ben Stokes on the third day of the Boxing Day Ashes Test at the MCG in Melbourne, yesterday. He snared five wickets. JULIAN SMITH

Lyon turns Test in host’s favour

NATHAN Lyon passed 100 Test wickets and his five-wicket haul helped Australia regain the ascendency on day three of the Fourth Test against England at Melbourne yesterday.

With the Ashes already won following victories in the first three Tests in the best-of-five series, Australia was reduced to a score of 204 yesterday morning, when it lost its last wicket - that of Brad Haddin for 65 - when it was still 51 runs short of England's first innings total.

England then started its second innings with promise as seemingly rejuvenated captain Alastair Cook compiled a half century to take them to 65.

But he fell on 51 when trapped leg before by Mitchell Johnson (3-25).

England lost three wickets for just two runs when Michael Carberry (12) was leg before to Peter Siddle (1-46), Joe Root (15) was run out by Johnson and Ian Bell (0) was dismissed first ball by Lyon (5-50), who was just warming up.

With the score at 4-87, Kevin Pietersen toiled hard and despite Lyon's wicket of Ben Stokes (19), the visitors appeared settled at 6-173.

But then England lost four wickets for just six runs to be dismissed for 179.

Johnson captured the wicket of Jimmy Bairstow (21) but it was Lyon who did the damage, dismissing Tim Bresnan (0) Stuart Broad (0) and Pietersen (49).

Broad essentially gifted Lyon his 100th wicket, swiping at a well-flighted delivery outside off stump. The edge was gobbled up by Michael Clarke.

Johnson finished the job by taking the wicket of Monty Panesar (0).

With the task of chasing 231 runs for victory, the Australians were 0-30.

ENGLAND 255 and 179

(A Cook 51, N Lyon 5-50)

AUSTRALIA

204 and 0-30



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