ENG vs AUS, 3rd Ashes Test, Day 3 Highlights: England Remain Unscathed at Stump’s, Set to Chase 251-Run Target
In an exciting day of cricket at Headingley, England concluded Day 3 unscathed at 27 without loss, as they embarked on their pursuit of a challenging 251-run target set by Australia in the third Ashes Test. The day’s play was delayed due to rain, with proceedings only commencing after Tea on Day 3.
Australia, who had resumed their innings at 116 for 4, were eventually bowled out for 224, despite a valiant 77-run knock from Travis Head. England’s bowlers displayed remarkable resilience and skill to curtail the Australian batsmen from accumulating substantial runs. With the dismissal of Head, Australia’s hopes of posting a formidable total were significantly dented.
Earlier in the day, England captain Ben Stokes showcased his extraordinary skill and determination, playing a dynamic innings of 80 runs. His aggressive strokeplay and calculated shot selection kept England’s Ashes aspirations alive, providing the much-needed impetus to the team’s innings. However, the tide turned in Australia’s favor as Moeen Ali swiftly claimed two crucial wickets in quick succession just before Stumps, tilting the balance in favor of the visitors.
At the close of play on the second day, Australia had reached 116-4 in their second innings, holding a lead of 142 runs. They were keen on extending their advantage and securing a commanding 3-0 series lead. With England’s unbeaten start to their second innings, the outcome of the match remained uncertain, promising an enthralling fourth day of cricket.
Looking Forward to 4th Day
As the players retired to the pavilion, both teams assessed their positions and strategized for the crucial day ahead. England, buoyed by their unblemished start to the chase, aimed to build a solid foundation and gradually close in on Australia’s target. On the other hand, Australia’s bowlers were determined to seize early breakthroughs and put England under pressure, seeking to maintain their dominance in the series.
With the stage set for a riveting fourth day of the third Ashes Test, cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly anticipated the continuation of this enthralling battle between two fierce rivals. The outcome of the match held immense significance for both teams, as it could potentially shape the direction of the series and the coveted Ashes urn. Spectators and fans prepared themselves for an enthralling day of cricket that would test the mettle of both teams and produce moments of joy and anguish, as the contest reached its climactic stages.
Day 3 Highlights: England vs Australia, 3rd Ashes Test at Headingley
3rd Ashes Test 2023
Jul 06, 2023 Day 3 | Stumps
ENG: 237&27/0 (5.0)
England won the toss and elected to field
% chance to win: ENG 67% | Draw 3% | AUS 30%
Batsman: Zak Crawley9* (11) Ben Duckett18 (19)
Bowler: Mitchell Starc8/0 (2) Scott Boland2/0 (1)
Rain played spoilsport, causing significant delays and consuming two sessions of play, but the limited cricket that transpired favored England. Chris Woakes made an impactful start by dismissing Mitchell Marsh, followed by Mark Wood claiming a couple of wickets. However, England faced some resistance from Travis Head. He displayed determination with a gritty fifty, enabling Australia to set a respectable target. Nevertheless, England remains content with their current position and holds confidence in their ability to chase down the target. Especially with both openers safely negotiating a challenging five-over period. Australia may feel a tinge of disappointment regarding their batting performance. But they recognize the advantageous bowling conditions and anticipate capitalizing on them on Day 4.