England made a blazing start chasing 251 to win the third Test at Headingley, and Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Stuart Broad struck twice with the ball on the third evening to keep Ashes hopes alive.
Zak Crawley (No. 9) and Ben Duckett (No. 18) took the lead to 27–0 in five overs in sunshine – which had replaced incessant rain earlier in the day – as the required three ducket boundaries brought the side down to 224. Was reduced to one for Crawley.
The opening two sessions at Leeds were marred by wet weather and then play returned after only one over, with play eventually starting at 4.45 pm, with Australia 116–4 and England 142.
The second stoppage proved only fleeting and when cricket resumed fans were treated to a wonderful two-and-a-half-hour experience, with the rest of the mesmerizing series in focus.
Australia were bowled out for 224 despite an early lead after adding 108 to their total, mainly thanks to Travis Head’s 112-ball 77.
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Australia are 2–0 up in the five-match contest and if they win in Leeds they will secure their first series win in England in 22 years, with England needing to win the final three Tests for Australia to win their Have kept it with you since the defeat. Opponents 4-0 in 2017-18.
England fast bowlers are the stars but Stokes’ first innings is crucial
Woakes (3-68) dismissed first-innings centurion Mitchell Marsh (28) and Alex Carey (5), while Wood (3-66) dismissed Mitchell Starc (16) and Pat Cummins (1) to give the Baggy Greens Was bundled out for 170 runs. -8.
Australia had a 196-run lead at that point, but Head and Todd Murphy (11) put on 41 runs for the ninth wicket before Murphy was lbw by Broad (3-45) during a brilliant over.
Broad capped the innings with half an hour of the day remaining when he had Head caught at deep midwicket – the Australians fell soon after hitting Wood for back-to-back sixes.
England’s bowlers have given them chances of victory but it was skipper Ben Stokes who kept him in the game a day earlier as he battled a glute problem to score a 108-ball 80 that helped his team 142-7 to 237. .all out as they conceded a deficit of only 26 runs in the first innings.
Recent history shows that Headingley is a great place to chase, with the West Indies scoring 322 in 2017; Stokes-inspired England reached 359 against Australia in that remarkable 2019 Ashes Test; And the hosts scored 269 against New Zealand last summer.
The pitch is showing signs of variable bounce and Australia have a decent bowling attack, although off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been sidelined after suffering a series-ending calf injury in the second Test at Lord’s.
Nevertheless, memories of Stokes’ 135 not out at Leeds four years ago will be fresh in Australia’s mind – as will his stunning 155 at Lord’s last Sunday – and despite the England skipper being fully fit You can’t bet against him playing a decisive role. again at Headingley.
Rain ends two sessions before third electrification
The fast-paced nature of this game – 24 wickets fell in the first two days – meant that even a complete waste of the third day would yield no positive results.
Saturday looked likely to remain cricketless, but in ideal bowling conditions for the hosts, the rain eased before the ball reached their hands and they bounced the ball.
sky game Mark Butcher said there might have been some “indecision” on the Australian side and both Marsh and Carey were out as they looked to go – Marsh hiding behind, Carey leading.
Starc then ballooned Wood behind square on the on-side, where Harry Brook rounded short leg to take a stippling catch, before Cummins swung past Jonny Bairstow.
Head’s strong hitting ensured that Australia added a further 54 runs from that point – 43 of them coming from his bat.
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