England national cricket team Test captain Ben Stokes edged out legendary India national cricket team captain MS Dhoni for a sensational record in the game’s purest format after victory in the third Ashes test 2023 against the Australia national cricket team at Headingley in Leeds.
England defeated Australia by 3 wickets in the third Ashes Test 2023. With the win, they managed to avoid series defeat as the Australians had won the first two Tests.
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Mark Wood was the best player for the English team in the match. It was one of three changes England made to their playing XI for the Headingley Test. With the ball, he bagged 5 wickets in the first innings and 2 wickets in the second innings. With the bat, he scored 24 8-ball runs and 16 8-ball runs. Overall, Mark Wood scored 40 from just 16 balls to win the Man of the Match award. His combined strike rate of 250 was the highest for anyone facing more than 10 balls in a single Test.
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has surpassed MS Dhoni in an elite roster. After England completed the 251 run chase, he surpassed Dhoni for the most successful run chases where the target was over 250 in Tests.
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This was the fifth time the Ben Stokes led team had chased a score of over 250. Under Dhoni, India chased the score 4 times while Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting are tied for 3rd as they led their teams to victory while chasing over 250 scores 3 times.
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It’s good to cross the line and keep our hopes alive – Ben Stokes
Speaking after the match, England captain Ben Stokes was delighted to avoid series defeat. He praised the returning men, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, for their stellar performance in the match. Ben Stokes elaborated:
“Another up to the wire game. It’s good to get over the line and keep our hopes alive. We won the toss, we could have hit and pitched. It looked like a good wicket. I saw the way Mitch Marsh was hitting. He came in and took over the game. The outfield was on the fast side.
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“We had Woody and Woakesy back and they did well. We pick teams and look at how they can impact us in the game. We try to see how they can influence the game. I didn’t realize Woakes hasn’t played a Test for so long, he is Mr. Consistent. Having someone who can hit like him hitting 8 helps us. I hope he can do something similar the next time he plays.”
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The next Test between England led by Ben Stokes and Australia led by Pat Cummins will be played from 19-23 July. The match will take place at Old Trafford, Manchester.