INTRODUCTION: Cricket, and Australia finished the third day of the Centenary test match in Melbourne 430 runs ahead of England, with two second innings wickets left.
GV: Tony Greig bowling to David Hookes - four runs. (4 shots)
GV AND SEMI VIEW Hookes hits Greig for another four. (4 shots)
GV: Hookes hits Greig for third consecutive four. (2 shots)
GV AND SV: Hookes hits Greig for fourth four to score 50. (4 shots)
GV: Hookes hits Greig for fifth consecutive four. (3 shots)
SV AND GV: Underwood bowling to Hookes Hookes caught by Fletcher for 56.... (2 shots)
BLAKEY: "David Hookes showed none of the nerves displayed by more experienced players, hitting five consecutive fours off Tony Greig:"
MAY: "Down the ground it goes, that's a great shot - it's almost a six. Over the fence, or hitting the fence on the first bounce. And it's almost a six through extra cover". So Hookes is 40, five for 227.
SHEAHAN: "Hookes is certainly not frightened to hit the ball."
MAY: "He's got that round towards fine leg. A long run for Underwood. And it's going to be close - Underwood will get to it, no way. And there it goes again -- beautiful shot. Three in a row.
"And there it goes for his 50, also it's a boundary, a beautiful shot. Four in a row. Four fours off England's captain, 52 to David Hookes, a brilliant performance. And four again - it's racing out towards the boundary, it might get there, let's see what happens, it's very close indeed and the ball will .... win. Five in a row."
SHEAHAN: "140 runs have been added for the loss of only two wickets today. The crowd are really loving this sort of batting."
BLAKEY: "But on 56 he faced Derek Underwood."
MAY: "He's out caught -- yes, caught brilliantly, at short leg by Fletcher, that's a wonderful catch."
REPORTER: MICHAEL BLAKEY, NORMAN MAY, AND PAUL SHEAHAN
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Cricket, and Australia finished the third day of the Centenary test match in Melbourne 430 runs ahead of England, with two second innings wickets left. England were already well behind at the start of the day's play. Some fine batting including five fours off England captain Tony Greig by David Hookes greatly strengthened the Australians' position. A report on the match by the BBC's Michael Blakey, and Norman May and Paul Sheahan of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.