New Delhi. England’s victory in the Headingley Test has brought back the excitement of the Ashes series 2023 (Ashes-2023). Even though Australia is leading 2-1 in the five-Test series, but the victory of the third Test has given new hope to the fans of the host team. Some very enthusiastic fans have even started thinking that by winning the next two Tests, England can capture the series 3-2 as well. Certainly it is not going to be easy but there is no doubt that Australian batsmen were seen struggling in front of Mark Wood and Chris Woakes at Headingley.
Apart from the ball, he also performed brilliantly with the bat at difficult times and was the hero of England’s 3-wicket victory. Talking about Player of the Match Wood, he did not allow the Australian batsmen to take rest with balls of speed around 150 KM / hour, regardless of proving to be expensive. Wood, who took five wickets in the first innings and two in the second, has received praise from former Australia captain Ricky Ponting for this performance.
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Talking to Sanjana Ganesan in the latest episode of ICC Review, Ponting described Wood as a ‘deadly weapon’ like Australia’s legendary bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee. The former Australia captain said, ‘(Wood) is like Johnson to some extent and Brett Lee to some extent.’ Coming in to bowl as first change, bowling fast deliveries, instilling fear in the batsmen and getting movement off the wicket when present. It is indeed an infallible weapon. Ponting also said that England should use this trump card of theirs in small spells to destabilize the new batters coming to the crease. Along with this, he has considered fitness and bowling at the same pace in both the upcoming tests as a challenge for England and Wood.
Wood-Vaux got a place in the playing XI in the third test
The special thing is that Wood and Woakes got a place in England’s playing XI at Headingley itself and they played an important role in England’s victory by grabbing this opportunity with both hands. The fourth Test of the series will be played in Manchester from July 19, which is also the home ground of 40-year-old England fast bowler James Anderson. Although Anderson has not been able to perform well in the Ashes so far, the home crowd is hopeful that They will be able to see their hero bowling on the home ground for the last time before retirement.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 17, 2023, 13:33 IST