434 runs and counting ... Smith extends golden streak at the MCG
Australia captain Steve Smith was able to extend a remarkable streak at the MCG as he once again got the better of England on day one of the fourth Ashes Test.
Having compiled 141 not out in the series opener in Brisbane and a magnificent 239 at the WACA last time out, Smith ended Boxing Day unbeaten on 65, with Australia 244-3.
Incredibly, it is now three days shy of three years since Smith was last dismissed in a Melbourne Test.
After making 192 in the first innings against India in December 2014, Smith was caught at leg slip off Umesh Yadav in the second dig for 14.
Since then, he has faced 624 balls at the 'G without losing his wicket, scoring 434 runs in the process.
Considering how the series has gone so far, Smith may well add significantly to that tally on Wednesday as Australia continue their bid to inflict another Ashes whitewash on their great rivals.