Brook’s courageous innings acquired England inside touching distance
An outstanding 75 from Harry Brook and a few massive hitting from tailender Mark Wooden earned England a pulsating three-wicket victory within the third Ashes take a look at on Sunday (9), dragging the hosts again into competition within the sequence in breathless style.
The omens have been good for England as they appeared to resurrect their Ashes marketing campaign, on condition that the final 5 worldwide take a look at matches at Headingley had all be received by the group fielding first, with three of these spectacular fourth-innings run chases.
Needing 224 extra runs at first of day 4 subsequently appeared like a greater than gettable complete to safe the win to cease Australia retaining the Ashes with two matches to spare.
After Joe Root departed previous to lunch, adopted by captain Ben Stokes early within the afternoon session, the writing seemed to be on the wall, however Brook’s courageous innings acquired England inside touching distance.
Wooden’s 16 from eight balls and the steadying head of Chris Woakes noticed the hosts residence, sparking dramatic scenes of celebration in Leeds after a match the place the pendulum swung hour by hour.
Every take a look at on this sequence has been gripping in its personal proper, with day 4 at Headingley no completely different. England are nonetheless up towards it of their makes an attempt to win the Ashes, with no facet coming again to win the sequence after being 2-0 down since 1936-37.
The truth that they’re again in with a shout is mission completed, for now.
“Not good for the previous age stuff is it?” Stokes stated. “It’s fully completely different when it’s out of your management. I simply sat up there desirous about what would I be doing if I used to be on the market. Brooky managed the sport very, very nicely.
“I believe that knock (from Brook) was below the stress and the circumstance of the place we’re within the sequence.
“I’m simply drained, it’s been draining.”
Supporters headed to Headingley on day 4 hoping for extra heroics from captain Stokes on the bottom the place his unbelievable 135 not out earned England a dramatic victory over their previous foes in 2019.
Resuming the day on 27-0 in a single day, Ben Duckett fell early after wanting in good contact, with returning all-rounder Moeen Ali rapidly following him again to the pavilion.
However even at that time, with Stokes on the crease, on the again of a battling 80 within the first innings and one other century within the final take a look at at Lord’s, they nonetheless appeared in a robust place.
Root, ranked fifth on the earth take a look at batting rankings, then fell to a poor shot simply earlier than lunch to shift the momentum as soon as extra.
Stokes’s dismissal early within the afternoon session gave much more impetus to Australia, with Jonny Bairstow subsequent to go to place the vacationers on the point of the sequence win.
Brook carried the England resistance, reaching his half-century off 57 balls — his ninth rating of fifty or extra for England in simply 10 exams.
Scoring at a speedy price has been Brook’s calling card since he got here into the England facet. He handed 1,000 take a look at runs in 1,058 balls throughout his innings — quicker than another batter in take a look at historical past.
He couldn’t steer his group via to the tip, looping a catch into the palms of Pat Cummins, however Woakes stayed calm with an important 32, with an enormous six from Wooden getting England nearer to the whole.
It was Woakes who hit the profitable runs, making certain it’s all to play for within the fourth take a look at in Manchester in two weeks’ time, in one of the dramatic Ashes sequence in residing reminiscence.
“There have been just a few moments that went forwards and backwards and that was every day actually,” Cummins stated. “On the primary day we misplaced six for 20-odd and yesterday the solar was out and we most likely missed a chance. It was simply a few key moments.
“It looks like a sequence the place one session swings in a single group’s favour after which the subsequent session the opposite group picks it up. I wouldn’t thoughts a stress-free one!”