Seventy-seven thousand rowdy spectators packed Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday (26 December) saw the england team crash to 176 for five wickets n the first day of the Third cricket Test.
Seventy-seven thousand rowdy spectators packed Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday (26 December) saw the england team crash to 176 for five wickets n the first day of the Third cricket Test. The crowd was the third largest ever recorded in cricket history.
In the seven hours of play police arrested almost a dozen people, including four youths, who raced across the ground carrying a large Union Jack.
The Australian attack was devastating and maintained the form which won them the first two Tests.
There were two controversial decisions during the day's play ... and they added fuel to the crowd's agitation. Vice-captain John Edrich disputed umpire Robin Bailhache's "caught behind" decision. As he was returning to the pavilion Edrich indicated that the ball had hit his pads.
Umpire Brooks figured largely in the second controversial dismissal. He gave Tony Greig run-out as he tried for a third after a shot by Alan Knott, Greig stood with his hands on his hips string at the umpire before walking to the pavilion.
England captain Mike Denness said later neither Edrich nor Greig thought he was out.
The only possible consolation for England was that Thomson - Australia's dazzling young pace bowler - had to leave the field an hour before stumps with a possible strained hamstring muscle in his left leg. Australian captain Ian Chappell said it was unlikely Thomson would be able to rejoin the Australian attack before England's second innings.
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