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England's Barmy Army were winding up Jackson Bird during the fourth Test

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Bear with us here, but it looks as if England are actually doing rather well in the fourth Ashes Test.

'Why now?', many of their fans will be asking in the dead rubber tie, as of course Australia have already reclaimed the urn and lead the series 3-0.

Yet, for several players, the remaining two matches represent a chance to fight for their international futures.

For much of the tour Down Under, Alastair Cook's desire has been called into question, but the former skipper silenced his doubters with a phenomenal knock of 244 not out.

The Essex man has now scored a century at every single Ashes ground and deservedly received a standing ovation as he walked off at stumps on day three.

Elsewhere, Joe Root notched 61, though once again failing to convert his 50 into a ton, and Stuart Broad hit 56 to boost the lower order.

It was undoubtedly Cook's innings which put Trevor Bayliss' men in control and lifted the spirits of the Barmy Army at the MCG.

England's notoriously vocal supporters don't seem to have been too badly affected by their team's performance in the series so far, as they have been enjoying themselves throughout the Boxing Day Test.

Bird was getting destroyed 

While they've mostly been targeting Steve Smith, on this occasion, it was Jackson Bird who was being mocked while fielding on the boundary.

The fast bowler had endured a miserable couple of days, being hit for 108 runs and taking no wickets, also bowling the ball that Cook drove down the ground to land his double century.

Check out the brilliant moment from the Barmy Army below, as they mimicked his every move:

Of course, this wasn't entirely original as the Aussie crowd did the same thing to Ronnie Irani in a one-day back in 2003:

Let them have it, though - there has been very little for England fans to shout about this winter and they've still been acknowledged for the atmosphere they've been creating.

Perhaps they're even about to witness England winning a Test at the MCG for the first time since 2010. 

What do you make of England's performance so far in the fourth Test? Let us know in the comments. 

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