Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

England Pay for Missed Chances

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

England Pay for Missed Chances

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MICHAEL HILL made fallible England pay for his first-ball reprieve with a maiden hundred in Victoria's 216 for two declared on day one of three at the MCG.

Twenty-two-year-old Hill was dropped four times in all - England also missed a half-chance to get rid of David Hussey on 43 - on his way to 105 not out.

The left-handed opener shared an unbroken stand of 147 in 40 overs with Hussey (67no) before Cameron White ordered a sporting declaration.

England then replied with 50 by stumps for the loss of Alastair Cook - edging a cut behind off slow left-armer Jon Holland for a paltry 27 compared with his prolific Ashes run-making of late.

For the tourists, complimented two days ago by coach Andy Flower on their "perfect" innings victory in the second Test at Adelaide, this game saw a less impressive demonstration of their talents.

Matt Prior, relieved of his wicketkeeping duties for this match and replaced behind the stumps by Steve Davies, dropped a regulation chance at third slip when a scoreless Hill edged Chris Tremlett in the first over. …

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