The Ashes now continues in Melbourne where they will play on a drop-in pitch during Boxing Day, 26th Dec.
Since 1996, Melbourne Cricket ground has used drop-in pitches, and England has played 6 Test matches.
Here is brief history of Ashes at Melbourne
Overall England have played 56 test matches, winning 20 (last was in 2010) and lost 28.
They have to thank weather for their last win at MCG!. They bundled out Australia for 98 on day one. They had chosen to field after winning the toss. However that was 10-years back when they had strong top order. In the ongoing series their batting has been crumbling regularly.
Below here are two stats gfx to show that.
Batting Partneships (Runs/wkt)
Batting Order (Runs/Wkt)
History says if they bat second, then they have a better chance of posting 400+ at MCG. In 56 Tests 35 times they have batted second in first innings. In this 12 times they went past 350scores, and 7 times they went past 400 +scores!.
However in ongoing series not once (four innings) they went beyond 300 score!.
The major reason for this is their top order not contributing enough runs in first innings.
England lost 42.50% (Australia lost 27.80%) of their wickets to new-ball, they can start by not losing too many wicket with new Kookaburra.
Here is a brief batting analysis of both teams against new ball in the ongoing Ashes.