England and Australia are preparing for the third Ashes Test at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds after an intense and dramatic second Test at Lord's. The upcoming match is set to take place from July 6 to 10.
Having already taken a 2-0 lead in the series, Australia aims to secure victory in the Headingley Test and claim the prestigious five-match series. They managed to win the thrilling opening Test in Birmingham and followed it up with a dominant performance in the recently concluded Lord's Test.
Ben Stokes played an incredible inning of 155 runs in the fourth innings, but Australia managed to dismiss the home team for 327 runs and emerged victorious with a 43-run margin.
Steve Smith received the Player of the Match award for scoring 144 runs in the Test, including a brilliant knock of 110 runs in the first innings.
The prestigious venue of Headingley, known as one of the renowned cricket centers in England, will once again have the privilege of hosting a Test match between these iconic rivals. It previously hosted a Test during Australia's last Ashes tour to England in 2019.
The 2019 Ashes contest provided an extraordinary spectacle that will be remembered for years. The spotlight again shone on the same man who captivated everyone during the thrilling second Test at Lord's.
Just a month after his exceptional performance in the ICC World Cup 2019 finals, Ben Stokes delivered another unforgettable moment that captured the world's attention. He led England to a remarkable victory over Australia in a great game at Headingley.
Australia scored 179 runs in the first innings in the third Test of the five-match series. The ball displayed significant movement, allowing Jofra Archer to achieve his best-ever figures of 6/45. It's important to note that Steve Smith, performing at a level reminiscent of Bradman throughout the series, could not participate in this game due to being struck on the head by Archer in the second Test.
The Australian pacers did an incredible job in their response, bowling out the hosts for a low score of 67. Joe Denly was the highest scorer with a modest 12 runs, while Josh Hazlewood took a fantastic five-wicket haul.
After gaining a significant first-innings lead of 112 runs, the visiting team added another 246 runs in their second innings, setting England a challenging target of 359 runs. Despite Joe Root and Denly contributing with half-centuries to keep the scoreboard moving, England suffered the downfall of several wickets in quick succession.
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After reaching a score of 245/4, the hosts found themselves in a precarious position at 286/9. Ben Stokes was the only recognized batsman left, and England's hopes rested on him.
He and Jack Leach worked together amazingly, countering with strong punches. At first, when he was batting with the top order, he only scored two runs from his first 60 balls. However, as he found himself without support from the other end, he became incredibly aggressive.
Stokes fearlessly executed hooks, pulls and even sweeps against the Australian bowlers, displaying complete disregard for their skills. The left-handed batsman smashed 11 fours and an impressive eight maximums, leaving a lasting impression with his outstanding performance. In a remarkable partnership, he and Leach stitched together an unbeaten 76-run stand for the last wicket, with Leach contributing one run. Leading his team, Stokes orchestrated one of the most astonishing comebacks in Test cricket.
With an unbeaten score of 135, the left-hander sealed the victory by powerfully striking the ball to the covers, followed by a triumphant roar of joy.
When England hosted Australia for an Ashes Test at Headingley in the past, there were some noteworthy events worth mentioning. The conclusion of that particular encounter between the two teams left a lasting impression on cricket fans worldwide. Consider yourself a true cricket fan? Fast Live Line is here to help you become a live line guru. Get ready to elevate your cricket experience with the Fast Live Line app and website. Designed specifically for cricket enthusiasts like you, this incredible platform provides the latest cricket updates and live scores at your fingertips. Stay connected to every thrilling moment of the game with this exceptional live match app.