Former England captain Alastair Cook posts a score of 244 not out by close of day three of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.
By Neil Wilkes, Editor Filed: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 09:11 UK
Last Updated: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 10:36 UK
Alastair Cook has posted an unbeaten 244 for England at the close of day three of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.
The 33-year-old notched up his third highest Test score - and the fifth double century of his career - on a profitable day for the tourists, who closed 491-9 after building on an overnight score of 192-2.
The former England captain had a 138-run partnership with his successor Joe Root (61), adding 59 with Chris Woakes (26) then passing the 200-mark with Stuart Broad (56).
Cook's ninth-wicket stand with Broad - for 100 runs - marked only the second time ever that the pair have batted together in a Test, while Broad's own score marked the first half-century by an England number 10 in 26 years.