It was not a chanceless innings, however, with Australia captain Steve Smith dropping him on 66 Wednesday and again on 153. The pitch was a batsman's paradise and the Australian attack shorn of injured spearhead Mitchell Starc, but England's most prolific run-scorer may remember few more gratifying innings in his 151 tests. Cook, who resumed on 104 not out, capped a memorable day with a sumptuous cover drive for four off all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, lifting him past Brian Lara to sixth on the all-time Test runs list. Broad was brave in support, wearing a short-pitched battering before paying Australia's pacemen back in an counter-attacking innings of eight fours and a six. He bookended his fifty with two fours off Pat Cummins before holing out with a miscued pull that was caught in the deep by a diving Usman Khawaja, with replays suggesting the fielder may have spilled the ball onto the turf as he rolled over.
Alastair Cook now has the highest score by a visiting batsman @MCG.Goes past Viv Richards 208. #bbccricket #ashes pic.twitter.com/XB28AaEO8G — Test Match Special (@bbctms) December 28, 2017
England resumed on 360-6 after tea, before Chris Woakes quickly fell for 26 after gloving a catch behind from a clumsy attempt at a pull shot and debutant Tom Curran added just four runs before edging Josh Hazlewood to wicketkeeper Tim Paine. Broad came to the wicket and was hit on the shoulder by a bouncer from paceman Hazlewood but the tail-ender weathered the barrage to slog England past 400. England's batting had been brittle throughout the series, but for once the wickets fell slowly rather than in clumps. Cook and Root had built a 138-run partnership before the England captain fell for 61 in the morning, mistiming a pull shot straight to Nathan Lyon at deep square leg. Dawid Malan squandered his wicket for 14 when he failed to review an lbw decision despite edging the ball from Hazlewood.
Most 150+ scores for England in Tests: 11 - Alastair Cook 10 - Wally Hammond 10 - Len Hutton 10 - Kevin Pietersen#Ashes— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) December 28, 2017
It was the second England wicket to fall lbw with a nick in the innings, with No 3 James Vince failing to review his dismissal on the second day. Off-spinner Lyon struck twice after lunch to reduce England to 307-6, with Jonny Bairstow (22) and Moeen Ali (20) both falling to poor shot selections. Having dismissed Moeen for the sixth time in the series, Lyon gave the all-rounder a generous verbal spray as he trudged off after driving in the air to Shaun Marsh at short cover. Cook and Woakes then steadied England with a vital 59-run partnership that pushed them past Australia's first innings 327 before Broad helped extend the lead out past three figure. Australia coach Darren Lehmann conceded the host's whitewash bid was all but over.
Alastair Cook - the true power of the mind pic.twitter.com/1IG5AImvsa— simon hughes (@theanalyst) December 28, 2017
BRIEF SCORE England 491/9 in 149 overs (Cook 244*, Root 61) lead Australia 327 by 164 runs
116, Perth, 2006 235*, Brisbane, 2010 148, Adelaide, 2010 189, Sydney, 2011 104*, Melbourne, TODAYAlastair Cook becomes only the second overseas batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to score Test hundreds in Australia's five main venues — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 27, 2017