Twitter Reactions: Mitchell Starc’s four-fer keeps Australia on top at the Oval

Twitter Reactions: Mitchell Starc's four-fer keeps Australia on top at the Oval
Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc (Photo: Twitter)

The final chapter of the riveting Ashes 2023 began as Australia and England locked horns in the fifth Test at Kennington Oval, London on Thursday, July 27. Australian captain Pat Cummins won the final Toss of the series and invited England to bat first amid overcast conditions.

The invitation was happily accepted by the hosts as the opening duo of Zak Crawley (22) and Ben Duckett (41) added 62 runs for the first wicket. Mitchell Marsh drew the first blood for his side as he got Duckett strangled down the leg side. The wicket opened the floodgates for England as Crawley and Root (5) returned to the pavilion cheaply, leaving their side reeling at 73/3.

Harry Brook walked in at number five and played in his usual manner, taking England to 131/3 at Lunch. Moeen Ali (34) and Brook extended their partnership to 111 as they began clobbering the Australian seamers all around the ground. Todd Murphy ended the dangerous-looking partnership for Australia as he breached Moeen’s defence.

Australia once again clawed their way back into the game with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood picking three wickets between them to leave England on 212/7. Good contributions from Chris Woakes (36) and Mark Wood (28) lower down the order took England to 283. Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers for Australia with figures of 4/82 in 14.4 overs while Toddy Murphy (2/22) and Josh Hazlewood (2/54) picked up two wickets each.

Warner got out to Woakes for third consecutive time

As Australia began their innings, all eyes were once again set on David Warner vs Stuart Broad’s battle as the duo once again faced off. The southpaw survived a few close calls against his nemesis and went on to add 49 runs for the first wicket with Usman Khawaja. However, Warner (24) once again got out after a good start losing his wicket for the third consecutive time against Chris Woakes.

Marnus Labuschagne (2*) walked in at number three and batted through the day to take Australia to stumps along with Usman Khawaja (26*). Australia finished the day on 61/1, trailing England by 222 runs. Meanwhile, Twitter was abuzz with reactions on another action-packed day of Ashes.

Here are some of the Tweets:


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