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Sign of respect from Australia.

Australia players did something special for Alastair Cook after double-century

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The Australian cricketers had no choice but to shake Alastair Cook’s hand after a hugely impressive 244 not out during the third Test of this year's Ashes series.

Cook resumed his innings on 104 and ended up recording the highest score made by a visiting batsman at the MCG since 208 was recorded by West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards.

England now lead by 164 runs with Cook receiving a standing ovation after helping give England control of the fourth Ashes Test.

For all Cook’s brilliance, Australia missed injured pace bowler Mitchell Starc and will be disappointed with the number of dropped catches.

Captain Steve Smith dropped Cook when he was on 153, and Chris Woakes also edged behind on 13, but was missed by both Smith and wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

England had led 192-2 overnight, but were in danger of wasting the chance to take a firm hold of the Test.

Joe Root top-edged Cummins, Johnny Bairstow edged a short delivery from Nathan Lyon, and Moeen Ali was caught by Shaun Marsh from another Lyon delivery.

But, fortunately Cook, who's position within the team has been questioned, embarked on an exciting final session partnership with mainstay Stuart Broad, who himself swiped away to only his second half-century in four years.

The hundred run partnership between Cook and Broad was enough to put England into a strong position when Broad was eventually caught by Usman Khawaja off Cummins.

After spending 10 hours and 37 minutes at the crease, England now have an opportunity to avoid a second successive 5-0 whitewash Down Under.

England may not win the Ashes, but Cook's strong mentally tough character has helped restore some pride.

England will now be hoping to go onto win this Test and the final Test to end the series on a high.

The Ashes may be staying in Australia this time around, but let's hope England can at least continue the fight.

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Australia cricket
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