Chris Woakes’ all-round performance and Harry Brook’s sensible batting in England’s second innings helped the hosts beat Australia by three wickets in the third Ashes Test match at Leeds on Sunday, July 9.
Woakes took three wickets in the first innings and three in the second, while Brook scored 75 runs in the second innings to help England chase down the target of 251. Mark Wood was awarded the Player of the Match for his spell of 5/34 and 2/66.
Earlier in the game, the toss belonged to the hosts, and they elected to bowl first. Stuart Broad drew first blood for the Ben Stokes-led side dismissing David Warner for 4 runs.
Australia lost their wickets at regular intervals and were 85/4 at one point. Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head rescued them, putting together a 155-run partnership. Marsh’s innings was a masterclass in batting against pace, and he showed great courage and determination.
He scored 118 off 118 balls, before being dismissed by Woakes. Wood was in devastating form after tea, taking 4 wickets as Australia collapsed from 240/5 to 263 all out.
In response, England’s batters did not live up to the expectations either and lost their wickets cheaply. Ben Stokes’s masterclass helped England reduce the first innings deficit to 26 runs as smashed his way to 80 runs. Australia started the second Innings with a lead of 26 runs. David warner once again failed against Stuart Broad, but Khawaja and Labuschagne put together a 57-run partnership for the second wicket.
Travis Head’s steady knock of 77 off 112 balls, along with contributions from Labuschagne (33 off 77) and Khawja (43 off 96) helped Australia post a total of 224 in the second innings and England were set a target of 251.
In the chase of 251, Harry Brook’s composed knock of 75 off 93 balls, along with contributions from Zak Crawley (44 off 55) and Chris Woakes (32* off 47), helped England beat Australia by three wickets.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from the 3rd Ashes Test between England and Australia:
100 – Steven Smith appeared in his 100th Test match.
118 – Mitchell Marsh (118) scripted his second-highest score in Test cricket and his highest score – 181 also came against England in Perth in 2017.
200 – Moeen Ali completed 200 wickets in Test cricket.
17 – Stuart Broad dismissed David Warner for the 17th time in Test cricket which is tied with Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh for the third -most times a bowler has dismissed a single batter.
Here is the list of bowlers who have dismissed a single batter most times in Tests:
19 -Glenn McGrath vs Michael Atherton
18 – Alec Bedser vs Arthur Morris
17 – Curtly Ambrose vs Michael Atherton
17 – Courtney Walsh vs Michael Atherton
17- Stuart Broad vs David Warner
814 – Travis Head has smashed 814 runs against England in 20 innings at an average of 42.84 with 2 hundreds and five half-centuries.
50.45 – Mitchell Marsh has smashed 555 runs against England in 13 innings at an average of 50.45 with three centuries.
3 – Pat Cummins’s 6/91 is the third-best bowling figures in an innings as captain in the Ashes, behind Monty Noble’s 7/100 and Richie Benaud’s 6/70.
6021– Ben Stokes completed 6000 Test runs and became the third player to score 6000+ Test runs and claim 100+ Test wickets.
Players with a double of 6,000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket
Sir Garfield Sobers (8032 runs and 235 wickets)
Jacques Kallis (13289 runs and 292 scalps)
Ben Stokes (6008 runs and 197 wickets)
3– Harry Brook completed 1000 runs in Test cricket and became the joint-third fastest England batter in terms of innings (17) to scale the milestone.
1 – Harry Brook (1058) became the fastest player to reach a thousand runs in Test Cricket in terms of balls faced.
Fastest to reach 1000 Test runs in terms of balls faced
1058- Harry Brook
1140- Colin de Grandhomme
1167- Tim Southee
18 – Both England and Australia aggregated 18 sixes in the match and it is the third most sixes hit in an Ashes Test.
Most sixes hit in an Ashes Test
21 at Adelaide Oval 2013/14
19 at WACA Perth 2013/14
18 at Edgbaston 2005
18 at Edgbaston 2023
18 at Headingley 2023
5 – Ben Stokes set a new record for the most successful 250+ run chases by a captain. Ms dhoni is second on the list with 4 followed by Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara with three each.
5 – England have now won five matches on the trot at Headingley since 2018.
4 – Moeen Ali completed 200 wickets and became the fourth England player to score 2500+ runs and claim 200+ wickets in Tests. The other England players to achieve such a feat are Stuart Broad, Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff.