Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting heaped massive praise on England’s fast bowler Mark Wood over his match-winning performance in the third Ashes 2023 Test at Headingley in Leeds. Sharing his views on the right-arm pacer, he described Wood as a bit like two former Aussie pacers - Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee
Harry Brook top-scored with 75 off 93, while Chris Woakes (32 not out) and Mark Wood (16 not out off 8) chipped in with handy contributions as England beat Australia by three wickets at Headingley to keep their Ashes 2023 hopes alive.
England captain Ben Stokes scored a brilliant 155, but could not guide his side to victory in the second Ashes 2023 Test against Australia at Lord’s on Sunday, July 2. The left-hander struck nine fours and as many sixes in a belligerent knock to give England hopes of chasing down 371. However, the hosts could not stand up to the challenge after losing their captain and finished on 327 all-out.
England and Australia fought tooth and nail on Day 2 of the second Ashes 2023 Test at Lord’s on Thursday, June 29. At stumps on Day 2, the match was pretty much evenly poised. The day began with Australia resuming their first innings on 339/5. They would have been hoping for 500, but England did well to restrict them to 416, claiming the last five wickets for 77 runs.
England will be going in with an all-pace attack for the second Ashes 2023 Test, which begins at the iconic Lord’s in London on Wednesday, June 28. While off-spinner Moeen Ali, who struggled with a blistered finger at Edgbaston has been dropped, he has not been replaced by a slow bowler.
Australian captain Pat Cummins led from the front to his lift his team to a thrilling two-wicket win in the first Ashes 2023 Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Tuesday, June 20. Set to chase 281, Australia were in trouble at 227/8. However, a ninth-wicket unbeaten stand of 55 between Cummins (44 not out off 73) and Nathan Lyon (16 not out off 28) took Australia to a famous win.
Opener Usman Khawaja notched up his 15th Test hundred as Australia ended Day 2 of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday, June 17 at 311/5. Resuming their first innings at 14/0, Australia lost David Warner (9), Marnus Labuschagne (0) and Steven Smith (16) cheaply.
Australian Test captain Pat Cummins has admitted that the team wants to end their two-decade old Ashes drought in England. The Aussies are the current holders of the urn. They won the series at home 4-0 in 2021-22. However, it has been a good 22 years since Australia won the Ashes in England
England have named their playing XI for the first Test of Ashes 2023, which will be played at Edgbaston in Birmingham from Friday, June 16. All-rounder Moeen Ali, who came out of Test retirement, following the injury to left-arm spinner Jack Leach, has been named in the playing XI. The 35-year-old last played red-ball cricket for England in September 2021 during India’s tour of England.