The Ashes, 2019

England vs Australia - 3rd Test

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Date: 22 August-26 August, 2019

England 362/9

RR: 2.88 | England beat Australia by 1 wicket


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rory Burns c David Warner & b Josh Hazlewoodc David Warner & b Josh Hazlewood72100
Jason Roy bowled Pat Cumminsbowled Pat Cummins81810
Joe Root c David Warner & b Nathan Lyonc David Warner & b Nathan Lyon7720570
Joe Denly c Tim Paine & b Josh Hazlewoodc Tim Paine & b Josh Hazlewood5015580
Ben Stokes not out not out 135219118
Jonny Bairstow c Marnus Labuschagne & b Josh Hazlewoodc Marnus Labuschagne & b Josh Hazlewood366840
Jos Buttler run out run out 1900
Chris Woakes c Matthew Wade & b Josh Hazlewoodc Matthew Wade & b Josh Hazlewood1800
Jofra Archer c Travis Head & b Nathan Lyonc Travis Head & b Nathan Lyon153330
Stuart Broad lbw James Pattinsonlbw James Pattinson0200
Jack Leach not out not out 11700
Extras 31 (b 5, lb 15, w 10, nb 1)
Total 362 (9 Wkts, 125.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
15-1 (Rory Burns,6), 15-2 (Jason Roy,6.3), 141-3 (Joe Denly,59.3), 159-4 (Joe Root,77.3), 245-5 (Jonny Bairstow,99.1), 253-6 (Jos Buttler,102.2), 261-7 (Chris Woakes,106), 286-8 (Jofra Archer,115), 286-9 (Stuart Broad,115.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Pat Cummins24.4 5 80 1 3.28
Josh Hazlewood31 11 85 4 2.74
Nathan Lyon39 5 114 2 2.92
James Pattinson25 9 47 1 1.88
Marnus Labuschagne6 0 16 0 2.67
Marcus Harris0 0 0 0 0
David Warner0 0 0 0 0
Usman Khawaja0 0 0 0 0
Travis Head0 0 0 0 0
Matthew Wade0 0 0 0 0
Tim Paine 0 0 0 0 0

Take a bow, Ben Stokes.

Pat Cummins to Stokes, FOUR! ENGLAND WIN BY 1 WICKET! The series is alive. 1-1 and kicking. Stokes roars. And then sinks to his knees. Emotions ebbing and flowing. Short and wide outside off, Stokes crunches the cut past short cover and the ball goes through!
Pat Cummins to Leach, SCORES LEVEL! England cannot lose now! Jack Leach gets off the mark with 2 needed. Calmly tucks a length ball behind short leg and scampers through!
Pat Cummins to Leach, A length ball, around middle and leg, nudged past leg gully, but there is short fine leg in place as well.
Pat Cummins to Leach, A bouncer, outside leg, Leach ducks.

Right. Jack Leach to face. Just 2 needed. A tickle here and there, a push and England will make this 1-1.

N Lyon to Stokes, SHOUT FOR AN LBW! Not given. It looks very close to the naked eye but Australia don't have any DRS left. Tossed up ball landing around leg, Stokes tries to sweep but misses and is pinged on the front pad. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. The replays later on show that the ball straightened after pitching and was going to hit the leg stump. Another controversial decision. 2 needed more for England to level things up in the series!
N Lyon to Stokes, RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! What have you done Lyon??? It was an easy opportunity but he has made a complete mess. A flatter full ball outside off, Stokes nails his reverse sweep but it goes straight to short third man. Stokes steps down the track looking for a run initially but then sends Leach back. The throw comes to the bowler but Lyon fails to collect it cleanly and Leach makes it safely. He would have been a goner had Nathan collected it. Pressure! It gets to everyone, doesn't matter how experienced you are!
N Lyon to Ben Stokes, Shorter and on off, Stokes cuts it from the back foot but finds the point fielder.
N Lyon to Stokes, SIX! Just over long off! Did he get his hands on it? Phew, that was really close. Loopy delivery, full and outside off, Stokes decides to go big downtown and towers it over the bowler's head. Labuschagne moves across to his left from long off, attempts to catch it with a jump but it goes over him. 2 needed more!
N Lyon to Ben Stokes, Short again, outside off, Stokes moves back and cuts it through point. Another run declined.
N Lyon to Stokes, Short in length and outside off, Stokes goes back and punches it to deep cover. Denies the single as has been the case early in the over.
Pat Cummins to Leach, PITCHING OUTSIDE LEG! Cummins hurls in a very full ball as the follow-up delivery to the bouncer. Leach is beaten for pace and it goes off his pads to leg gully. They put in an appeal and then take the DRS after the umpire turns it down. The replays roll in and the first frame itself confirms everything. 8 needed more.

Tim Paine playing for some time. He has called for a review which looks a very bad call. Seems to be pitching miles outside leg. Don't think this is desperate, but just delaying the inevitable. Ball Tracker shows the pitching to be outside leg. Both reviews gone for Australia, though don't think it will matter.

Pat Cummins to Leach, A bouncer around leg, Leach ducks at the last moment.

Short leg in. Leg gully in. Be ready to smell the leather.

Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, Length ball outside off, Stokes taps it down to mid off and decides to take a run. Two balls this time to negotiate for Leach. Has Stokes miscalculated?
Pat Cummins to Stokes, FOUR! Smashed off the back foot! Runs needed now in single digits. Back of a length ball on middle, Stokes hangs on the back foot and packs a punch past the bowler. The long on fielder comes around and tries to cut it off with a dive but fails.
Pat Cummins to Stokes, FOUR! Cummins gets full and Stokes decides to slog it across the line. Middles it nicely and it beats the desperate dive near the mid-wicket fence from Warner. The crowd cheers!
Pat Cummins to Stokes, DROPPED BY HARRIS! Massive moment in this Test match! Width on offer outside off, Stokes goes hard at it and throws his bat. It flies off the top edge and Harris moves forward and across from third man. He then goes down low to collect the catch but it spills out of his hands. Heart in mouth stuff!

Tim Paine ringing in the bowling changes. Nerves everywhere. Pat Cummins replaces Josh Hazlewood after the latter went for 19 in his last over. 23-5-66-1 so far.

N Lyon to Leach, Fires it in on middle and off at 56.9 mph, Leach draws forward and blocks it solidly back to the bowler. Jack must be praised for hanging in there!

People crowding Leach. Two slips, a short leg and a silly point.

N Lyon to Stokes, Short in length and outside off, Stokes goes on the back foot and cuts it through cover-point for one.
N Lyon to Stokes, Hangs on the back foot and punches it to covers.
N Lyon to Stokes, Misses again! Tossed up ball around off, Stokes initially looks for the paddle sweep but then tries to spoon it over first slip. Manages neither and gets beaten.
N Lyon to Stokes, Whoa! Some extra spin and bounce. This one lands on the footmarks outside off and spins away. Stokes tries to drive but misses. Warner collects it at first slip.
N Lyon to Stokes, Appeal for a caught behind! Flighted and full outside off, Stokes tries to play the reverse sweep but fails to connect. Paine collects the ball, appeals but nothing from the umpire. No DRS taken after Paine consulted with Lyon.

Final gamble from Paine. This could be match over in this over itself. Nathan Lyon to bowl. 37-5-107-2. Went for 13 in his previous over...

J Hazlewood to Leach, Fullish delivery and it's down the leg side, Leach tries flicking but misses. 19 from the over and England can smell victory here.
J Hazlewood to Stokes, 18 needed more! Width on offer outside off, Stokes plays it with soft hands again, it's towards point and Stokes collects a run. Once again Leach has one ball to see off.
J Hazlewood to Stokes, Soft hands this time. Gently steers it through point and scampers back for the second run. Ben has planned this chase amazingly well. Taking calculative risks and then smartly rotating the strike.
J Hazlewood to Stokes, SIX! Ben Stokes has turned it on! Yet another biggie and this one brings up the 50-run stand! Josh has served it short and close to off, Stokes is into top gear, just swivels and powers it over mid-wicket. Two fielders converge but it sails over them.
J Hazlewood to Stokes, SIX! Into the crowd! A low full toss around leg, Stokes goes down on one knee and slogs it across the line. It flies in the air and goes all the way over square leg. Seemed like a mishit but it has still travelled the distance.
J Hazlewood to Stokes, FOUR! 8TH TEST HUNDRED FOR BEN STOKES! Outstanding effort from the Big Ben. He has single-handedly kept the Ashes hopes alive for England. Headingley is on its feet. Ben ain't celebration, he knows that there is still some job left to do. A shortish ball on middle, angling in, Stokes hangs back and muscles his pull to the deep mid-wicket fence.
Pat Cummins to Leach, Shortish and on off, angling in, Leach gets across and taps it down towards mid on. Once again Leach has seen off the final ball safely!

Field adjustment for the number 11.

Pat Cummins to Stokes, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. One ball to survive for Jack Leach.
Pat Cummins to Stokes, TWO RUNS AGAIN! Back of a length ball around middle and leg, Stokes nudges it behind square leg and attempts for the second run. He slips while turning for the second run and then nearly runs into his partner while going at the striker's end. Luckily for England, the throw is at the wrong end, i.e. the bowler's end and there is no harm done.
Pat Cummins to Stokes, SIX! A batsman of this calibre won't miss every time. Cummins sticks to angling a length ball into the batsman and Stokes moves across his stumps to once again attempt for the paddle scoop. This time it finds the sweet spot of his willow and flies all the way over fine leg. 40 needed more.
Pat Cummins to Stokes, Play and a miss this time! Back of a length ball angling into the batsman from around middle, Stokes shuffles across the stumps to execute the paddle scoop but misses.
Pat Cummins to Stokes, Cummins begins his new spell by angling in a full ball on off, Stokes closes the face of his bat gently and eases it in front of square leg. Excellent running between the wicket to take two runs.

Gamble by Tim Paine. He removes his off spinner after getting treatment by Ben Stokes. Pat Cummins is on. 22-5-55-1 so far.

J Pattinson to Leach, More cheers from the crowd! Leach has played out 4 balls in this over. Not that he is a mug with the bat anyways. A length ball outside off, Jack steers this watchfully towards point, with absolute composure!
J Pattinson to Leach, Full and around off, solidly defended. The crowd cheers.
J Pattinson to Leach, Outside off, on a length, guided straight to backward point.

Is everything okay? Stokes walks across and has a chat with his partner. After a few seconds, the thumbs up comes up from Leach to him and the dressing room. Fighting it out...

J Pattinson to J Leach, A length ball outside off, Leach looks to fend but gets hit on the glove. The ball dies in front of the slip cordon.
J Pattinson to Stokes, A low full toss outside off, Ben reaches out and drives it wide of long off. Stokes wants the second but it is not there. Is sent back.

A bit of a delay again. Some juice and painkillers coming out. Should be good enough to stay long till those 49 runs are made. The Aussie balcony is tensed. Smith and Langer are pensive. Everyone taking a breather now. Composing themselves. All right. Here we go again. Ben Stokes vs Australia, Round 2.