Harry Brooks, Ben stokes & Mark Wood’s combined Efforts ends Australia’s seven matches unbeaten streak.
Ashes 2023: Day 4 of the 3rd Ashes Test in Headingly saw a thrilling conclusion to a low scoring competitive Test match, where England beat Australia by 3 wickets. With this victory England ended the seven match unbeaten streak of Australia and now Ashes stand at 2-1 in the favour of Australia . Now in the next Test of Ashes schedule on 19th July in Manchester, Australia will look to seal the results whereas England with strive to get the series to level. Mark Wood was appointed as the Man of the Match for his performance.
This test match was heavily dominated by strong fast bowling performances, as the barrier of 300 runs was not breached once. Mitchell Marsh was the only Batsman who was able to notch up a century, whereas match saw 3 Fifer bowling performance in the form of Mark Wood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. Barely overs equalling to 8 sessions were bowled and game ended on 2nd session of forth day despite facing rain affected sessions on day 3.
Pat Cummins fifer overpowered Mark Wood’s Fifer to give Australia a first Innings Lead
England who was struggling in the Ashes with score at 2-0, made 3 crucial changes in the team. However the biggest decision was to leave out England’s All time leading wicket taker James Anderson and bring in Mark Wood who was making his test comeback. But by the end of the first inning of match Mark Wood justified the confidence England’s Team showed in him. He rattled the Australian batting within the first session with his fiery pace bowling and claimed a fifer.
From the Australian Team only Mitchell Marsh’s performance stood out, he was also making his comeback into the Australian squad. He clinched a century, scoring 118 runs at a strike rate of 100. He was supported by Travis Head’s 39 runs crucial knock, despite these Australia was bundled up for 263/10.
The uneven bounce offered by the pitch which was heavily utilised by the English bowlers was also enjoyed by the Australians. The respective captains rose up for their teams delivering captain’s performances but even after English Captain Ben Stokes fighting knock of 80 runs supported by 33 runs knock by Zack Crawley, The Australian Captain Pat Cummins Fifer triumphed. Pat Cummins used his Pace and Short ball trap to dismiss the English Top order. He ended with the staggering figures of 6/91. England finished at 237/10 giving Australia a first Innings Lead of 26 runs.
English Bowler’s combined effort staged an incredible comeback .
England who were 26 runs deficit in first innings staged an incredible comeback in the third inning with the performance of their bowlers. Stuart Broad and Chris woakes claimed 3 wickets each and Mark Wood and Moeen Ali claimed two wickets each. From the Australian side, Travis head was the only one to clinch of half century and he was supported by the Knocks of Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne. Australia was reduced to 226/10. Giving England the target of 250 runs.
Chasing a big target , England top order made a bold start and England were in a strong position of 62/0 . But then Mitchell Starc produced a game changing spell clinching fifer, but it fell short to Harry Brooks knock of 75 runs. Mark Wood and Chris Woakes formed a partnership for 7th wicket that won the match for England.
Now all eyes are on the 4th Test match, this Ashes has staged some exhilarating matches and anxious conclusions, it has been in controversies all along with Media and even the Prime Minister’s of both Nation giving their statements. Hence the stage is set for a big finish in the 4th test in Manchester .
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