The Ashes- Third Test Review

England won an incredible match by eight wickets after being put into bowl at the toss. The pitch seemed like it would give something to the bowlers, but only for a short time. This turned out to be wrong, as it gave the bowlers plenty for most of the match that took place. Conditions also played their part in England’s strong start, as it was overcast and the players were taken off a few times thanks to rain.  However, there were no major delays, which helped England as the bowling attack got plenty of rest as Australia were bowled out for 136. Chris Rodgers proved his fitness for Australia by top scoring with another half century. James Anderson was the pick of the English bowlers with 6-47 and Steve Finn picked up two wickets on his return to international cricket after replacing the injured Mark Wood.

The reply started in the evening session, and got off to a shaky start when under-pressure Adam Lyth got out chasing a ball he had no reason to go after. The head chef Cook was out for 34, whilst Ian Bell played well for a much needed 53 before gifting his wicket away to Nathan Lyon, who showed that there was plenty of turn for spin bowlers on this pitch. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow finished day one at the crease when the rain came, ending play late in the evening.

On day two, wickets fell early, with Mitchell Johnson bowling two unplayable deliveries to Bairstow (5) and Stokes (0) early in the day.  These deliveries were so good that, were these batsmen not in such good form, they would probably have hit them on the grille. Wickets tumbled, and only Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad, playing with the freedom of the lower order batsmen, put on a strong partnership of 87, with Moeen scoring a classy 59 before getting out to effectively end England’s first innings.

With Australia back into bat, David Warner got them off to a flyer, battling through the innings as wickets fell all around him.  When he got out, there was chance that this match could have been over within two days, but Peter Nevill stuck in, becoming the first player to face more than one hundred deliveries in the match before being caught by tickling the ball down the leg side on 59. Mitchell Starc made a much needed 58, with Josh Hazlewood and Lyon chipping in with 11 and 12 respectively. Australia bowled out for 265, leaving England needing 121 to win the third Ashes test.

That they did, but not without a few scares along the road.  Adam Lyth was once again out without a high score, making only 12 this time, whilst Cook (7) was clean bowled by Starc. Bell, however, seems to be back in form with his second 50+ of the game, leaving Joe Root to hit the winning runs to secure an unexpected and extremely quick win over Australia.

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