Ashes 2023, 5th Test: Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow star on Day 3 as England take mammoth 377-run lead vs Australia


By India Today Sports Desk: On the third day of the final Test match of the Ashes 2023 series, England took control of the game, amassing a lead of 377 runs against Australia. The day was marked by some exceptional performances from the English batsmen, particularly Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes, Joe Root, and Jonny Bairstow.

The morning session saw a display of aggressive batting from Zak Crawley, who scored a quickfire 73 off just 76 balls. His innings was studded with nine boundaries, showcasing his dominance over the Australian bowlers. Crawley’s innings meant that he became the leading runscorer for England with series with 480 runs to his name in 5 matches. Crawley’s departure in the 27th over saw Ben Stokes rising up to the occasion and coming out to bat at No. 3. In the absence of a fit Moeen Ali, this allowed England to shield Harry Brook for favourable conditions.

Ashes 2023: 5th Test, Day 3 Highlights

Stokes, known for his hard-hitting style, did not disappoint. He played a crucial knock of 42 off 67 balls, providing stability to the English innings. However, his attempt to accelerate the scoring rate led to his dismissal by Todd Murphy, as he tried to clear the boundary but was caught in the deep.

Following Stokes’ dismissal and Brook’s failure (7 off 6) in the second innings, England’s captain Joe Root and wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow took charge. The duo dominated the Australian bowlers, adding 110 runs between them. Root, displaying his usual calm and composed style of play, scored a rapid 91 runs off 106, falling just short of a well-deserved century. Bairstow, on the other hand, hit 78 runs at a brisk pace.

Despite suffering from a groin injury, Moeen Ali came out to bat, contributing a valuable 29 runs to England’s total. His contribution was crucial in pushing England’s score to 389/9 at the close of the day’s play, giving them a commanding lead of 377 runs.

On the bowling front, Australia’s Mitchell Starc emerged as the pick of the bowlers, claiming four wickets. Starc, known for his lethal left-arm pace, troubled the English batsmen with his swing and bounce. Todd Murphy, who had been benched in the Manchester Test match, made a strong comeback, picking up three crucial wickets.

Despite the commendable efforts of Starc and Murphy, the Australian bowlers struggled to contain the English batsmen, who seemed determined to dominate the day’s play. The Australian team now faces a daunting task of chasing a mammoth total which will be set by England.

England were batting at 389/9 with Stuart Broad and James Anderson in the crease. Broad, while speaking on Sky Sports right after the day’s play announced that this would be his final match in Test cricket. Broad explained that he wanted to retire at the top of his mark and Ashes 2023 seemed like the perfect place to do the same.


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