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Ashes 2021-22 third Test, day three: Australia v England – live!

Hello everybody and welcome to live over-by-over coverage of day three of the Boxing Day Ashes Test. We’re underway at the Melbourne Cricket Ground at 10.30am local time (11.30pm UK).

Just like Australia’s attack slicing into England’s middle order, we’re going to bypass any opening pleasantries and dive straight into news this morning. Following yesterday’s Covid outbreak in the England camp, further cases have been identified in the touring party following PCR tests, but for now, the match, and the series continues.

Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali)

Covid Ashes: England’s afflicted has in fact risen by two … now sits at 3 x support staff and 3 x family members … but game/tour on for now with all others returning negative PCR test results

December 27, 2021

Here’s Ali Martin’s report from late last night. There will doubtless be more news filtering out of the MCG as the day goes on as contingencies are discussed regarding the final two Tests of the tour.

Asked on Monday if the tour was in danger, Nick Hockley, chief executive of Cricket Australia, replied: “No. This is what the protocols are for. We are being extra vigilant as there are increasing cases in the community but our protocols are designed for absolutely this set of events.

I’ll be back with more shortly, but if you would like to join in, you can reach me by email or Twitter (@JPHowcroft).

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