The pair steered Australia to safety with an unbroken partnership of 84 after Stuart Broad ended a 70-over wicket drought to have Usman Khawaja caught behind for 17. Smith now remains unbeaten in three consecutive Boxing Day Tests, having scored a total of 434 runs in matches against West Indies, Pakistan and now England. Australia reclaimed the Ashes in the third test in Perth and hold an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series but 88,172 spectators packed the MCG to witness a peculiar day's play.
One day teams will need to talk to Steve Smith prior to a test match and settle down on a number that both parties agree upon. Insane Stuff? #Ashes— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) December 26, 2017
He raised his hundred with a single on the next ball and celebrated with his customary running jump and fist-pump before offering Curran some choice words, angering England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. Veteran paceman James Anderson then removed Warner with a fine delivery that jagged back off the seam to catch an edge on the way through to Bairstow.
David Warner's ton that was clinched in dramatic fashion puts Australia on top at the end of Day 1 in Melbourne.Can England pull it back? Full report ? https://t.co/LNTfjQpzjn #Ashes #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/8JooxfPbdh — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 26, 2017
The wicket drew Anderson level with West Indies great Courtney Walsh on 519 test victims, equal fifth on the all-time list. It was tough going for the bowlers, however, and Anderson felt the bumper crowd was short-changed by the pitch. "You’d think the 90,000 that turned up today don’t want to see 240 for three (at stumps)," the 35-year-old said. "People want to see exciting cricket. It wasn't that exciting to play when it's that attritional."
"It was a long day, we didn't start well or adjust to conditions."But the way we came back in the second session was very impressive. We stuck to our task well and just didn't get the breaks at the end." More reaction from Anderson ?https://t.co/HaaLJaAso4#Ashes #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/O1QlFTbhaJ — Test Match Special (@bbctms) December 26, 2017