Ashes 2023: Johnny Bairstow’s stormy innings, Mark Wood also completed a special century, Australia on the verge of defeat


Manchester. Under the captaincy of Ben Stokes, England has made a great comeback in the Ashes series. At one point the team was trailing 0-2. Then registered a resounding victory in the third test. Now the English team has tightened its grip on Australia in the fourth Test as well. On Friday, the third day in the match, England scored 592 runs in the first innings. Wicket-keeper batsman Johnny Bairstow remained unbeaten after scoring 99 runs. Although he could not complete the century. In this way, the English team got a huge lead of 275 runs on the basis of the first innings. At the end of the day’s play, Australia lost 4 wickets for 113 runs in the second innings. The Kangaroo team is still trailing by 162 runs from England. Australia scored 317 runs in the first innings.

Mark Wood did not give Australia’s batsmen a chance to recover at his fast pace. He completed a century of wickets in Test cricket by dismissing Usman Khawaja (18), Steve Smith (17) and Travis Head (1). Chris Woakes showed the way to the pavilion to David Warner (28). At the time of stumps, Marnus Labushen 44 and Mitchell Marsh were playing by scoring one run. Earlier, wicket-keeper batsman Johnny Bairstow (99 *) could not complete the century due to the dismissal of James Anderson.

Bairstow hit 10 fours and 4 sixes
England started playing ahead of 384 runs for 4 wickets on the third day. Johnny Bairstow and James Anderson shared a 66-run partnership for the 10th wicket to bring the score close to 600 runs. Anderson scored 5 runs and was lbw by Cameron Green. Bairstow remained unbeaten on 99 runs (10 fours and 4 sixes). He faced 81 balls.

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England had taken a lead of 189 runs by scoring 506 runs for 8 wickets till lunch. Australian captain Pat took the first wicket of the day as Ben Stokes (51 runs). Earlier, Stokes scored 155 runs and 80 runs at Lord’s and Headingley. Harry Brook hit another half-century. He got out after scoring 61 runs. Jose Hazlewood took 5 wickets for Australia.

Tags: ashes, Australia, England, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood

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