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England’s top orders, including Zak Crawley, were blown again on day three of the fourth Ashes Test, hitting 36 for four amid a hypnotic series of point balls and wickets from the Australian attack (Jason O’Brien / PA).

By Rory Dollard, PA Cricket Correspondent, Sydney

England’s top order was blown away again on day three of Ashes’ fourth test, rising to 36 for four amid a hypnotic series of point balls and wickets from the Australian attack.

The opening session was delayed and shortened by rain, but England become champions of fast-forwarding and were ruthlessly exposed again.

Haseeb Hameed was the first to leave when he was cleared through a yawning gate and when that Lunch arrived, the drunken tourists had lost three more doughs in a fascinating time of 53 uncontrolled deliveries.

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Zak Crawley repeated Hameed by splashing his stumps, Captain Joe Root buckled under the pressure by punching himself for a duck and Dawid Malan was caught sliding his leg in the last over.

Scott Boland, the won six for seven on his dream debut in Melbourne at the Boxing Day Test, made another notable intervention when he paused with numbers of two for zero from four overs.

It was another dark episode for a team staring at a 4-0 deficit in the series and a likely glossing over, aside from a dramatic change in fortunes in Hobart next week.

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The ball did a lot, with unpredictable rebound and many painful hits, but test teams can be expected to tackle tricky spots on tricky fields without having to surrender completely.

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Took the last chaste blow of a tour that could turn his career path into the opposite, Hameed grabbed his third ball of the day from Mitchell Starc, only to have wicketkeeper Alex Carey fall before the first slip and take the chance / p> Two balls later, he hit a line through a point, but it was a brief respite when Starc went back to business on his next visit and smashed Hameed’s stumps for six while aiming a ragged drive across the ground. </ Crawley, who was caught by a no-ball on the first night, was also reworked. Offering a tough chance of a short leg at seven, he was hit on the thigh pad and dropped the bat in pain as Starc pressed his fingers against the handle.

He got a couple of responses to get to 18, repeated however, Hameed’s dismissal when he was cleaned between bat and pad by the relentless Starc.

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England didn’t enjoy changing bowling as Boland and Cameron Green only increased the pressure as they didn’t take a single run in 7.5 overs of absolute precision.

Boland got the award-winning scalp from Root who threw his hands at one too tight to attack and sent the alerted Steve Smith a gushing catch on the second slip.

After stopping the English eyelash in 2021, the skipper’s patience was broken . Malan had been shy when he fought three runs in more than an hour at the gate, got some cut shots into the fresh air and saw an upper edge fall right in front of the center of the wicket.

Immediately before leaving for the last ball of the session he was hit on the glove and fumbled Green until the waiting catcher on the leg slip.

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