England fought against Australia to win the third test match of the Ashes 2023 series, keeping their hopes alive for a comeback. Australia had a commanding lead, but Ben Stokes’ team played significantly. Harry Brook contributed 75 runs in the second innings, enabling England to score 254 runs on Day 4. Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley made significant contributions to the game. Australia bowling attack put up fight on Day 4 with Starc picking 5 important wickets, but fell short from stopping England from winning this match.
Prevailing in the Headingley Test by three wickets, England keeps the Ashes alive
The Australian team made a valiant effort to rally, but on Day 4, England just about managed to cross the finish line.
England gave themselves a massive lifeline
England struggled back against Australia to bring the series to 2-1 after they thwarted Pat Cummins’ team to keep themselves in the Ashes 2023.
Australia was in the driver’s seat to win the series after wins of 2 wickets at Edgbaston and 43 runs at Lord’s. However, Ben Stokes’ team came up at the Headingley Stadium in Leeds and offered themselves massive life support in their quest to turn the series around.
On Day 4, England defeated Australia
Harry Brook contributed a valiant 75 runs in the second innings, which enabled England to finish off the necessary 251 runs on Day 4 alone.
Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley made a good start after Stokes and company came up with a gallant bowling performance limiting Australia to 224 on a soggy Day 3. Rain washed off the game of two sessions earlier.
Even though England won the match with four sessions remaining, Australia fought valiantly throughout Day 4. Mitchell Starc picked up a five-wicket haul, but his efforts were in vain.
About the Match
Stokes kept up his winning tossing streak by inviting Australia to bat first. Mark Wood’s ferocious spell gave the visitors a rocky start. Australia dropped to 85/4 on Day 1 before Mitchell Marsh crushed a stunning run-a-ball century to help his team make some progress.
Marsh’s 118-run inning in as many balls supported Australia gave up an overall score of 263 on their scorecard before England came out with the bat and concluded with 68-3 at stumps, trailing by 195 runs.
Stokes and company scored 237 runs in the first innings, with the captain leading the way with 80 runs.
With Australia taking a 142-run lead on Day 2 at Stump’s, the Australian captain Cummins also sparkled by grabbing a wicket.
As England ran chaos with the ball, Travis Head smashed his third successive fifty in as many games, assisting Australia in scoring 224 runs overall. The English bowlers were in control and needed 251 runs to win the third Test despite the rain delaying play on Day 3.
The Australian team put up a valiant fightback, but in the end, on Day 4, England made it over the finish line just in time with 3 wickets in hand.