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- England tasted their first victory by winning the third match of this five-match series.
- Australia and England scored 263 and 237 runs, respectively in their first innings.
- A total of 224 runs in the second innings by Australia saw England achieve victory by scoring 254/7.
Ashes England Player Ratings:
Mark Wood 10/10 – This one is a no-brainer – he had a strike rate of 300 in the first innings and picked up five wickets while bowling. His second innings is remarkable, too, remaining not out with a 200 strike rate and two wickets.
Ben Stokes 8/10 – Ben had an excellent first innings of 80 runs with a 74.07 strike rate. While he failed to leave an impact in the second innings with the bat, his initial contribution took England to a favourable position.
Chris Woakes 8/10 – Despite being primarily a bowler, Chris’s batting performance of 32 runs in the second innings is praiseworthy. He took three wickets in each innings, making him a remarkable performer in the match.
Stuart Broad 7/10 – His second innings three wickets pickup was crucial in England’s match victory. He also made his contribution in the first innings by taking two valuable wickets.
Harry Brook 7/10 – While he failed to make any positive contribution in the first innings, his second innings performance of 75 runs was decisive in their victory against Australia.
Moeen Ali 7/10 – Despite failing to make any significant contribution with the bat in hand, he showed up in the second innings with a ball and took two important wickets.
Zak Crawley 6/10 – Zak’s performance was average across the board, as he failed to make a difference with the bat in both innings. He scored 33 runs in the first innings and 44 in the second.
Ben Duckett 5/10 – He couldn’t deliver any performance worthy of praise. He got out with only two runs in the first innings, and his second innings score was 23 runs.
Joe Root 5/10 – He didn’t put up much of a performance with a bat in hand. His low run count in both innings makes it evident.
Jonny Bairstow 5/10 – Another unimpressive performer from the British batting lineup. Bairstow respectively scored 12 and 5 in both of his innings.
Ollie Robinson 4/10 – Didn’t make any reasonable contribution to the team effort. He took zero wickets and scored only five runs in total in the match.
Ashes Australia Player Ratings:
Mitchel Marsh 9/10 – His effort in the first innings was a great part of Australia’s total score of 263 runs. He had a strike rate of 100 in those innings. As a bowler, he managed to pick up one wicket in each of the innings.
Mitchel Starc 9/10 – Mitchell really left his mark on the stadium with a ball in hand, bagging two wickets in the first innings and 5 in the following. He is clearly among the best performers in this match.
Pat Cummins 9/10 – Despite almost zero contribution with a bat, Pat’s bowling really shined throughout the match. He took six wickets in total in the first innings, and in the following one, he took one.
Travis Head 7/10 – He is among the decent batting performers we have seen playing in this match. He managed to make good contributions to the Aussie score with 39 and 77 runs in his two innings.
Usman Khawaja 6/10 – After a disappointing first innings of only 13 runs, Usman made a considerable contribution of 43 runs in his second innings.
Marnus Labuschagne 6/10 – Marnus failed to deliver anything remarkable on behalf of Australia, with batting scores of only 21 and 33.
Steven Smith 5/10 – Another forgettable performance from the Aussie batting lineup. He only managed to score 22 and 2 runs in his two innings.
Todd Murphy 5/10 – Todd couldn’t manage to put up any decent bowling performance. He only picked up one wicket in the entire match.
Alex Carey 4/10 – With a disappointing performance of 5 and 8 runs, we cannot justify rating Carey any higher than that.
David Warner 4/10 – David’s bitter performance left us with a bad taste in our mouths. He only scored 4 and 1 runs across the two innings.
Scott Boland 3/10 – Boland’s performance was thoroughly uninspiring both as a bowler and a batsman. He scored 0 runs and picked 0 wickets throughout the whole match.
Australia vs England Ashes Match 3 Summary and Highlights
The English batting lineup, anchored by Harry Brook’s 75 on home turf and aided by Chris Woakes and Mark Wood, secured a three-wicket victory in a nail-biting run chase at Headingley.
With a win on the fourth day, Australia would have secured their first away Ashes win since 2001, putting England in a precarious position at 171 for 6. Mitchell Starc was the spearhead, claiming two victims before and after lunch. Those victims included Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, two of the most important batsmen in the middle order.
Brook and Woakes put together 59 runs for the seventh wicket, which was England’s best partnership of the game. Brook was Starc’s fifth wicket, which gave Australia another chance. However, Wood joined Woakes to seal the run chase after taking five wickets in the first innings to set up England’s victory.
Wood scored a six on the fine leg to take the required run down to single digits. When both parties’ scores equaled, Woakes scored an incredible four solidifying England’s victory. Now, the series is heading towards a fourth Test at Old Trafford.
Player of the Match: Mark Wood
Mark Wood bags the Player of the Match trophy for obvious reasons. He scored a total of 40 runs in only 16 balls throughout the entirety of the match. His fearless competence, both as a batsman and as a bowler, played a decisive role in England’s victory in this third Test match of the series.
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