Former England captain Michael Vaughan praised Travis Head for his resilient half-century in Australia’s second innings during the third Test at Headingley in Leeds. Michael Vaughan emphasized the importance of Travis Head’s partnership with Todd Murphy towards the end of the innings.
Australia started the day at 114-4 after the first two sessions were canceled due to rain. Chris Woakes made an impact by firing Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey in quick succession. Mark Wood and Stuart Broad picked up two wickets each to remove the opposition for 224 runs.
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travis head he scored 77 runs off 112 balls aided by seven fours and three sixes. The left-handed batsman added a crucial 41-run partnership with Murphy for the ninth wicket. The lefty helped Team Australia extend the lead to 250 runs.
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The Ball Was Swaying – Michael Vaughan
In a conversation with Cricbuzz, Michael Vaughan questioned England’s bowling strategy, stating that they could have played fuller to utilize cloudy conditions.
“Travis Head hit like Ben Stokes for only a brief stint. Todd Murphy came there and stayed, that was a key partnership.” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
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“Was it worth it for England to throw the ball to Travis Head? Because the ball was spinning. But they’ve gone with this short ball theory because they think they can get him out and keep him cool.” added.
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It was working up to that stage – Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan believes that the short ball tactic employed by England worked effectively until Todd Murphy’s wicket.
“It was not really until todd murphy came along that he it really started to push the limits. So (the short ball theory) worked up to that point.” He concluded.
England are in a favorable position to claim their first win of the 2023 Ashes series as their openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett played out the last 25 minutes of play without dropping a wicket. England scored 27 runs from 5 overs, leaving them with a target of 224 runs to win the Test Match.
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