The star batsman for the England national cricket team harry brook has achieved a huge milestone following his batting exploits in the third Ashes Test 2023 against the Australia National Cricket Team at Headingley in Leeds.
Harry Brook was a no-show in the first innings of the 3rd Test Ashes 2023. He was cleared by Australian captain Pat Cummins for just 3 runs off 11 balls.
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However, in the second inning, he displayed a master class in hitting. He scored a fabulous 75 runs off 93 balls, including 9 fours. His innings played a key role in England winning the match by 3 wickets and avoiding series defeat.
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When Harry Brook singled off Mitchell Starc’s fourth ball of the 36th in the inning. He became the fastest batsman of all time to complete 1000 Test runs in terms of balls faced. He broke the record held by New Zealand star Colin de Grandhomme, who accomplished the feat in 1,140 deliveries.
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Fastest in 1000 test runs (by balls):
1058 balls – Harry Brook*
1140 balls – Colin de Grandhomme
1167 Balls – Tim Southee
1168 Balls – Ben Duckett
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It’s much more stressful when you’re sitting up there than in the middle – Harry Brook
After the match, Harry Brook said it was harrowing for him to watch the match from the dressing room after being sent off with 21 runs still needed.
“It’s much more stressful when you’re sitting up there than it is in the middle,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’m not one to explode when I walk into the locker room, but I did have a little explosion today. I like to push us to the limit and yes, it was upsetting that I didn’t today, but I’m happy that we won.
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Harry Brook was involved in a crucial 59-run partnership with return man Chris Woakes. Although Brook failed to get England over the finish line, Woakes remained unbeaten in the middle and ensured his side sealed victory.
Harry Brook further spoke about his association with Chris Woakes. He too showered lavish praise on the bowling all-rounder, labeling him a vital member of the team.
“All [in the dressing room] blew up. We only needed about 20 runs, and I had complete and utter faith in Woakesy and Woody. He was tense for a while, but when Woody hit that six, we knew he was on,” said Harry Brook.
“Wakesy and I were just trying to build a partnership there, just trying to get it down to five: We got it down to 40 and said, ‘Let’s try to get it down to 35’; then, ‘Let’s try to get it down to 30.’ Then obviously I went outside, which made it a little more stressful.
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“[Woakes] He has been a phenomenal player for England. Obviously he hasn’t played as much in the last two years, but to have him back and play a vital role like he has there is really good,” said Harry Brook.