Anderson receives the ball from Joe Root during the fourth day of their Ashes cricket test match against Australia in Melbourne. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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England rejected ball-tampering allegations Friday as rain frustrated their push for their first victory of the Ashes series against Australia. England's Alastair Cook carried his bat for a world-record 244 not out before David Warner, unbeaten on 40, and captain Steve Smith, on 25, defied the visiting bowlers on a rain-truncated day.Earlier, England were all out on their overnight total of 491 on the first ball of the day, when Anderson was caught by Cameron Bancroft off Pat Cummins for a duck.It meant that Cook achieved the highest score of anyone carrying his bat – the rare feat of batting throughout the innings – in Test cricket, bettering New Zealand's Glenn Turner's 223 not out against the West Indies in Kingston in 1972 .
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