New Delhi. The Ashes-2023 between traditional rivals England and Australia (England vs Australia) will begin a few hours from now. The first match of the Ashes will be played at Edgbaston. Due to the victory in the World Test Championship and the strong form of the key players, where the Australian team is full of confidence, the team of Ben Stokes playing aggressive cricket cannot be underestimated.
In the last Ashes series held in 2021-22, England had to face a crushing defeat of 0-4, which it would like to avenge at home. By the way, it will not be easy for England and to overcome Australia, it will have to forget the bitter memories of the previous Ashes.
Boland’s bowling shook England’s morale
If we talk about the Ashes series of 2021-22, England could barely escape the clean sweep in it. After losing badly in the first three Tests, he was able to draw the fourth match thanks to the batting skills of the last pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. In this series, although many players did well for Australia with bat and ball, but fast Bowler Scott Boland had such a performance that shook England’s morale.
The test was over in three days
Boland’s performance was at times overshadowed by Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc that in the third Test in Melbourne, he even faded the shine of these two star bowlers. In the second innings of this test, Boland took 6 wickets for just 7 runs in four overs in the style of T20 matches and embarrassed England by finishing the test on the third day itself.
Australia won the Melbourne match by an innings
In this match at MCG, England’s first innings was bundled out for just 185 runs. Captain Joe Root (50) was the top scorer while Johnny Bairstow scored 35 runs. Australia’s Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon took three wickets each. In response, Australia’s first innings ended on 267 runs. Marcus Harris scored the maximum 76 runs. In the second innings, England’s condition had worsened and the team could not even compensate for the 82-run lead they got from Australia on the basis of the first innings. In just 27.4 overs, the English team was piled on 68, Boland gave shocks to shocks. He took six wickets for only 7 runs in a spell of 4 overs which included the wickets of Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root, Jack Leach, Johnny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Oli Robinson. It would not be wrong to say that the England team surrendered to Boland alone.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 16, 2023, 07:34 IST